Mellon offers near-million to foster non-white principal playersmain
Janelle Gelfand reminds us of a shocking inequality: In New York last year, the sensational clarinettist Anthony McGill – whose first orchestra post was in Cincinnati – became the first African-American principal player to be appointed in the New York Philharmonic’s 173-year history.
The Mellon Foundation aims to redress that imbalance. It has given $900,000 to the Cincinnati Symphony and the local Conservatory to train up minority musicians to take the lead in professional symphony orchestras.
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