Orchestrating Change by Canton Symphony Orchestra

Season 3, Episode 2 with Jeri Lynne Johnson

January 28, 2022

We are joined today by Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia. For over a decade, Black Pearl has been a model for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the orchestral industry as a racially diverse ensemble performing for a racially diverse audience - something that the rest of the industry has only recently begun to talk about. Jeri’s career has taken her all over the world, where she has become the first Black woman to ever conduct some of the world’s leading orchestras. She is also the founder of DEI Arts Consulting, which helps arts organizations to better serve the diverse communities in which we exist.

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