It is our responsibility to create a company culture and hiring practices that attract and retain diverse talent. We reaffirm our commitment to prioritizing equal representation in our hiring by actively recruiting and hiring Black performers and administrators.
In order to combat existing biases within our organization, the Orpheus staff and musicians completed anti-oppression training in 2019. Our Board of Trustees will complete training this summer.
In addition, we recognize that the racial makeup of our Board of Trustees does not currently reflect the demographics of our city. As we continue to expand our Board, we've shifted our criteria to prioritize people of color, and over the last year we have engaged a professional search firm to assist with this effort.
This is just the beginning. There is more that Orpheus can and will do as our organization evolves. Fighting hundreds of years of systemic prejudice, discrimination, and injustice against people of color requires dedication, resources, and a re-alignment of our values and priorities – a commitment we have been eager to take on as an organization. I invite you to join us in expanding your own awareness and commitment to racial justice.
Let’s continue to challenge each other to ensure all we do – artistic programming, hiring, commissioning – is in recognition of racial equality and drives Orpheus, the classical music industry, and our society forward.