A study of mechanisms inhibiting racial and gender diversity and equity in American orchestras and their concert programming

  • Cheung, Hon Ki (Collaborator)

Project: Internal Grant

Project Details


This study investigates the organizational culture of small-to-midsize American symphony orchestras. Specifically, the project qualitatively examines the process of creating pre-COVID-19 full-orchestra concert seasons by analyzing orchestras’ musical repertoires and interviews with orchestral leaders. The study seeks to understand how orchestral leaders perceive racial and gender equity and the extent to which they seek to cultivate a diverse and equitable culture in American classical music circles. The project aims to illuminate the underlying organizational culture and mechanisms that have prevented equity in musical access.
Effective start/end date9/1/20 → 8/1/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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