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Cornell Orchestras presents composer Jessie Montgomery

Through a series of speakers, we will address the serious inequities present in the institution of the orchestra due to its repertoire and systemic inequities present in the training of classical musicians leading to a lack of diversity in our orchestras. We will try to find ways to move forward to change the status quo of the orchestra as an institution that will be more welcoming to all of our members. Various readings and discussions about race in the context of the orchestra world will be explored. We will explore a long-neglected repertoire and find ways to have a positive impact on orchestral practice today. More information about this current speaker and future speakers can be found at

Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. She is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and her works are performed frequently around the world by leading musicians and ensembles. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience. Her profoundly felt works have been described as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (The Washington Post).

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Tuesday, October 20 at 5:00pm to 6:10pm

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