BPO Diversity Council

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.

Diversity Council Members

Otis N. Glover
BPO Diversity Council Co-Chair

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

Cindy Abbott Letro
Michele Agosto
Sheila Brown
Janz Castelo
Jaman E. Dunn
Tammy Gaines
Don Gibson
Dan Hart
Robbie Hausmann
Mary Ruth Kapsiak
Martha Malkiewicz
Robin Parkinson
Ella Robinson
Cas Rodriguez
Rev. Jonathan Staples
Steve Swift