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COMMITMENTGOALSPROGRESS
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What are we doing internally?Invest in implicit bias training for the HSO Board of Directors, staff and orchestraProvide training annually for no less than three yearsCOMPLETED: Joelle Murchison, founder and principal, ExecMommyGroup, led three workshops--Introduction to DEI, Examining Unconscious Bias, and Navigating Difficult Conversations--for musicians, staff, and board.
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Require all newly hired employees, (administration & orchestra), and Board members to complete an introductory anti-racism and implicit bias training session.
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Increase racial and ethnic diversity within the Board of DirectorsFill no less than 50% of open and new positions with African American, Latinx or other ethnic minority individuals during the next five years.Governance Committe is actively recruiting diverse candidates to the Board of Directors.
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Within five years increase racial minority representation from 17% to no less than 30%.
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Increase racial and ethnic diversity within the administrative staffDevelop specific recruitment strategies to attract racially diverse candidates in partnership with industry experts and best practices.
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Strive to ensure that 50% of all applicants interviewed in person, for all open and newly created positions, are racial minority applicants during the next three years.Actively seeking diverse candidates for an open staff position.
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How are we connecting with the community?More effectively communicate DEI work internally and to the publicCreate pages within the HSO website no later than August 15, 2020 detailing our action plans and milestones.COMPLETED: DEI Commitments were posted on HSO website prior to August 15, 2020.
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Share our progress internally at all Board of Directors meetings, orchestra town hall meetings, no less than quarterly at staff meetings, as well as in written Executive Director’s Reports (at least four times per year).ONGOING: Updates presented at each DEI Committee meeting, Board meeting, and regularly at Town Halls.
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Consistently share our progress with the public via social media and other HSO digital communications.Progress regularly updated and shared on the HSO website.
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What are we doing on stage?Prioritize racial and ethnic diversity within all HSO programming, and most urgently, increase racial diversity within the Masterworks concert series to the following annual minimum representation2 guest soloists of African American, Latinx or other ethnic minority background (there are 8 total guest soloists in a typical season)HIRED African American soloists Michelle Cann (pianist) and Demarre McGill (flutist) for Masterworks concerts 4 and 6.
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1 guest conductor of African American, Latinx, other ethnic minority background, or female (there are 3 total guest conductors in a typical season)HIRED African American conductors Joesph Young and Jeri Lynne Johnson for Masterworks concerts 1 and 4.
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6 composers of African American, Latinx, Asian, other ethnic minority background, or female (there are 9 concert programs in a typical season)PROGRAMMED pieces by Clarice Assad (Latinx) Wynton Marsalis (African American), Laura Karpman (female), Florence Price (African American), William Grant Still (African American), He/Chen (Chinese), and Ravi Shankar (Indian) on 2021-22 Masterworks season. All HSO education programs must include at least one piece written by a BIPOC composer.
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The 2020 summer season and 2020-21 concert season will be reprogrammed, when concerts resume, to consolidate racial, ethnic and gender diversity and include a minimum of one African American, Latinx or female soloist, guest conductor or composer in each program (number of programs to be determined).2021-22 Masterworks season was reprogrammed to feature 6 African American, 1 Latinx, and 2 female composers, soloists, and conductors.
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Online programming will feature greater racial and ethnic diversity among guest artists and collaborators, beginning with projects featuring pianist Michelle Cann and violinist Randall Goosby in July and August 2020.Michelle Cann solo piano concert streamed live on July 18, 2020. Concert and an extended interview with Ms. Cann available on HSO To Go. Randall Goosby and Aekyung Kim performance of Mozart duo available on HSO To Go. All HSO-produced content features at least 1 work by a BIPOC composer.


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Increase racial and ethnic diversity within the orchestraCreate an annual fellowship program for student musicians of color to work within the HSO, beginning with a financial commitment of no less than $25,000 in the 2020-21 season.Received $150,000 grant from the Roberts Foundation that will help launch the fellowship. In preliminary discussions with a local school of music about the goals and structure of the fellowship program.
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Reform how we recruit, hire and train HSO musicians to ensure greater racial diversity and better matching of skills and experience to position requirements, beginning with currently open positionsHosted a panel discussion: "Confronting the Audition Process in American Orchestras: A Challenge for Greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" on December 8, 2020.

Re-upped our membership in the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS) for 2021. In February 2021, participated in the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions (SOPA) for violin, trombone, and percussion.
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