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CODA | October 2016


Chris Pinelo

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This is a groundbreaking initiative garnering attention from around the country.
We welcomed the first class of Fellows from the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship at the start of the season and they’ve already joined the Orchestra in concerts including the season opener’s stunning performances of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony led by Louis Langrée—performances that were met with thunderous applause and rave reviews.

Violist Emilio Carlo, cellists Diana Flores and Blake-Anthony Johnson, violinist Vijeta Sathyaraj and double bassist Maurice Todd have started a two-year journey that will further hone their artistry and prepare them for a highly competitive field. Beyond the extraordinary performance opportunities with the CSO and Pops throughout the season, these five musicians are also receiving focused mentorship by CSO musicians and training by the outstanding faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as they pursue either a master’s degree or artist diploma.

According to a Strings Magazine article from this past summer, “The selection process is as tough as any professional audition. Out of 72 initial applicants who auditioned in January and February of 2016, 12 were asked to return for the final round in February.” The article goes on to say, “The development of the fellowship was based not only on need. It was about fostering a community that reflects and accepts those who have been, to date, underrepresented in the classical landscape.”

This is immensely important work and we’re grateful to our partners at CCM and to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for making this fellowship possible. The application process for the next class of Fellows is underway now. To find out more about the program, the first class of Fellows and this year’s application process, visit cincinnatisymphony.org/fellowship.