New Haven Symphony Orchestra lands $80,000 diversity grant for string fellows

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra in performance.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra in performance.

NEW HAVEN >> A newly announced grant will help the New Haven Symphony Orchestra recruit more diversity for its string section.

The $80,000 grant is one of just 21 nationwide from the League of American Orchestras’ American Orchestras’ Futures Fund.

The innovation grant, paid over two years and made possible by the generosity of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, will support the launch of a string fellowship program to encourage inclusion and diversity in the concert hall and across the community, according to a release.

The fellows will be musicians who are early in their careers and during the program they will receive career support from the NHSO musicians that they work with, a spokeswoman said.

“These twenty-one orchestras from across the country were chosen for their ability to influence a positive future for the art form,” said Jesse Rosen, oresident and CEO, League of American Orchestras.

The goal of the fellowship program, said the NHSO release, is to address the lack of diversity in the orchestra in two ways: through introduction of two diverse string fellows into the orchestra per year and through creation of “educational programs that help diverse populations of children develop an interest in music, creativity, an appreciation of different cultures and resilience.”

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