Transfer market: New education chief at NY Phil

Transfer market: New education chief at NY Phil


norman lebrecht

June 07, 2018

Deborah Borda has hired Gary A. Padmore  as Director of Education and Community Engagement.

Gary has been director of Education & Community at Orchestra of St. Luke’s, where ‘he created a free concert series that celebrates works by composers of color, doubled enrolment in the youth orchestra program, and increased school and community partnerships throughout the five boroughs.’


  • Sharon says:

    Sounds good as long as he does not stray too far away from classical music in the name of outreach or cultural diversity.

  • REGERFAN says:

    American orchestras are going to have to venture beyond the classical canon to meet today’s standard for diversity. Orchestras near me (Balt., Wash.) are already doing this. Young orchestra players will generally embrace it.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      Careful, you’re inviting yet another 50 reply string!

    • John Borstlap says:

      There’s no more diverse music than, for instance, Beethoven’s. It is understandable for women, blacks, Chinese (millions are listening to it just now), gays, genderneutrals, metrosexuals, proletarians (symph nr 5 & 9), pegidas, worrying marxists, exhausted postmodernists, children of all ages, government officials on and outside duty, disappointed hiphoppers getting older and wiser, and also for some normal people – but they know it already.

  • John Borstlap says:

    There is some advice from Salonen, the NYP’s composer in residence:

    Pure music is apparently not enough, there must be something around which turns it into something interesting.

  • Anita says:

    Gary is the best. I’m so glad that he’s going to stay nearby,