The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music have selected five string musicians for the inaugural class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows. The program is made possible by a $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The musician fellows are Emilio Carlo, 21 (viola); Diana Flores, 26 (cello); Blake-Anthony Johnson, 25 (cello); Vijeta Sathyaraj, 27 (violin); and Maurice Todd, 37 (double bass).
According to the League of American Orchestras, just over 4 percent of orchestra musicians are African-American or Latino.
“For this inaugural class, we have selected a cohort of astonishingly talented musicians, who come to us from a wide variety of backgrounds,” said CCM Dean Peter Landgren. “Our fellows hail from New York, Georgia, Kentucky, Costa Rica and Hong Kong, and represent the future of American orchestras.”
The class will arrive in Cincinnati in August. CCM and the CSO will welcome a second class of five Diversity Fellows in the fall of 2017, bringing the number of fellows in the program to 10 during the 2017-18 academic year and orchestra season.
Along with professional performance experience, fellows will receive mentorship from CSO musicians on top of regular instruction and guidance from CCM faculty.
More about the musicians: cincinnatisymphony.org/orchestra/fellowship