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Musicians and Audiences with Disabilities: Making Inclusion the Heart of your Orchestra

  • Omni Hotel Nashville 250 5th Avenue South Nashville, TN, 37203 United States (map)

Location: Cumberland 1, Level Three

Orchestra leaders from the United Kingdom and U.S. will present the creative case for disability, inviting participants to think about how to implement change in their own organizations to include training and integrating artists with disabilities into professional orchestras. This inclusion has not only creative and civic benefits but in the case of the UK’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, it has grown its audience significantly as well. Participants will learn about BSO Resound, which was founded in 2018 with its artistic director/conductor, James Rose, as the world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble that is core to a major symphony orchestra and was the first of its kind to perform at the 2018 BBC Proms. By the end of this session participants will have a better understanding of inclusion - they will have explored the impact of using the social model of disability in their organizations. They will also discuss how U.S. orchestras can take steps to implement change in their own organizations and how they can increase their audiences.

BSO Change Makers program

Speakers: Kelley Bell, education & community engagement program manager, Nashville Symphony; Emelyne Bingham, Senior Lecturer in the Teaching of Music, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt; Fiona Harvey, education & youth ensembles consultant, Association of British Orchestras; Dougie Scarfe, chief executive, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Lisa Tregale, head of Participate, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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