The Canton Symphony Orchestra will be presenting the pilot Orchestrating Change Leadership Program in the summer of 2021. The Orchestrating Change Leadership Program has been established to further the mission of the Orchestrating Change podcast by creating programming to realize change within the Canton Symphony and the field of classical music. Selected students will gather together two days a week over a 10-week period to analyze the contents of the Orchestrating Change podcast and create real actionable change to be employed in the Canton Symphony and beyond. Students will be tasked to create new programs, initiatives, educational projects and other relevant content to promote diversity and equity in the realm of classical music.

Along with this real-world programming experience, students will develop leadership and professional skills to take into the workforce. Students will attend lectures and Q&A sessions with podcast guests as well as other industry professionals. Then they will present in front of the CSO Board their final projects of the program and receive feedback from the board, staff, and other outside perspectives.

Qualified candidates are students currently attending an undergraduate institution and high school seniors who plan to study music in college. Students pursuing any type of career in music or arts management are good fits for the program.  Nominators should choose students from diverse backgrounds who are looking to create change in the field and have an attitude for innovation.

To nominate a student visit https://www.cantonsymphony.org/leadershipprogram/. Nominated students will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter, expressing their interest in being a part of the program. Selected students will receive a $250 stipend for participation in the summer program.