We're happy to announce that we have won a grant for Art for Racial Justice for Cambridge Arts Council. This grant will be focused on our October 2021 performance, where we will feature music by underrepresented composers in addition to featuring a soloist that is a member of the BIPOC community.Thank you to our audience and patrons for supporting us, and thank you to the Cambridge Arts Council for your support! More information about this performance soon!
We are excited to share news of the Du Bois Orchestra, including our next steps as an ensemble. Our former conductor, Nathaniel Meyer, has unreservedly passed the baton to the Du Bois Orchestra’s newest Conductor and Artistic Director, Dominique Hoskin. A trained string bassist and current doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dominique is the conductor and director of both the MIT IAP Orchestra, and the MIT Pathos Ensemble. Dominique has already impressed the orchestra’s administrative team with his judicious, perceptive, and inspiring leadership.
We are also excited to name our Executive Director, Joseph LaRocca, and Director of Development, Laura Reyes. An active performer, Joe has served as Principal Flute for the Du Bois Orchestra until he more recently accepted the post of Reed 1 with the 50th Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. A freelance bassoonist and section member of the DBO, Laura works in Arts Administration, specifically in Career Services, with aspiring musicians at New England Conservatory. Additionally in this administrative team, we are lucky to have Aaron Benavidez, Shadron Davis, Joe Borgia, Amy Seibel, and Nat Seelen. For more information on this group, please visit the Administration Page for more details.
Guiding the orchestra toward a new vision for the future, this group, in collaboration with the Du Bois musicians, are successfully navigating global health challenges while also continuing to offer symphonic programming elevating underrepresented artists and composers in classical music. As we continue to navigate these changes, and safely plan for the future, we currently anticipate a return to the stage in Fall of 2021. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to explore our new website, including our orchestra’s original new podcast, At the Table, hosted by Joe LaRocca. A must-hear, the inaugural episode features a fascinating conversation with our new conductor Dominique Hoskin.
If you're interested in supporting our mission in this difficult times, please visit our site to donate through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. If you'd like to volunteer or audition for the ensemble, please respond to this email with your name, and best way to contact you. We hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe, and, before too long, we look forward to performing for you once again!
The DBO Admin Team