ARAD Works: “Navigating the Issue of Gender in Symphony Orchestras”

“American orchestras continue to lag behind broader social initiatives for gender diversity in the workplace. Do the processes involved in appointing musicians to orchestral positions foster success regarding the recruitment and retention of female musicians? How is the selection of musical leadership subject to the consideration of gender? What challenges and opportunities do orchestras experience if they seek to become more diverse?”

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Second-year graduating student, Tse Wei Kok, writes about how diversity is being pursued in orchestras in the United States in his thesis.
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Student Spotlight: Christina Daniels

ChristinaDanielsChristina graduated from of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and History of Art. Before Columbia, she worked in fashion PR at several elite firms on brands like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and J. Crew. Most recently, Christina managed PR for The Standard Hotels in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. She pursued the Arts Administration program at Teachers College to gain tools for a career in planning and programming in the music festival industry. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Christina Daniels”

Worth the Risk: An Interview with Amanda White

Amanda White headshotAmanda White is a 2008 graduate of the Arts Administration program and member of ARAD’s inaugural Alumni Committee. She currently serves as the Managing Director of Mixed Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis. At Mixed Blood, Amanda was the first director of the Radical Hospitality program, which provides no-cost access to all mainstage productions for any audience member, and erases economic barriers in pursuit of building a truly inclusive, global audience.

Amanda is also an actor (she holds an MFA in theatre performance) and Co-Artistic Director (of her company, DalekoArts). She has also done stints at The William Inge Center for the Arts, Lincoln Center, The Araca Group, and Theatre Development Fund.

We had five questions for Amanda, and she had answers.

Hannah Fenlon: What were some of your most formative, exciting or surprising experiences as a performer?

Amanda White: I’ve had the true privilege of lots of exciting and surprising moments as a performer, both on stage and in rehearsal. My first time on stage was at Miss Andrews’ Preschool, in a three-act play called The Silver Thread.  My family came to see it, and they brought Wesley, the little twerp red-haired 5-year-old guy who lived next door.  It was dreamlike, and I was hooked. Continue reading “Worth the Risk: An Interview with Amanda White”