BPO Diversity Council

As an outgrowth of its community engagement program, the BPO formed the Diversity Council in May 2016, formalizing its longstanding commitment to present diverse programming, to support artists of color, and to engage with every part of the Western New York community in a meaningful way. Comprised of community leaders, BPO staff, and musicians, the Council is helping the BPO to take its place at the vanguard of a national movement to foster greater diversity in the classical music world. As a first step, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra signed Mayor Byron Brown’s Opportunity Pledge in July 2016. Since then, the Council has sponsored two Sphinx Competition winners in recital at area churches, and raised funds for a scholarship to the BPO’s Summer Studio program as a way of providing encouragement to aspiring musicians of color locally and beyond Western New York.

For more information, please visit our Diversity at the BPO page.

 

Otis N. Glover : BPO Diversity Council Co-Chair

Otis N. Glover

BPO Diversity Council Co-Chair

Rev. Melody I. Rutherford : BPO Diversity Council Co-Chair

Rev. Melody I. Rutherford

BPO Diversity Council Co-Chair

Stephen Swift : President

Stephen Swift

President

Donald Gibson : Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus representative

Donald Gibson

Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus representative

Daniel Hart : Executive Director

Daniel Hart

Executive Director

Robin Parkinson : Director of Education & Community Engagement

Robin Parkinson

Director of Education & Community Engagement