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2020/2021 Season

Artist Stories Series

Hosted by the New York Youth Symphony and the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Artist Stories Series is a series of weekly one-hour virtual conversations exploring the importance of equity, inclusion, and representation in the classical music, jazz, and Broadway world. This summer features guest speakers Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Jeff Scott, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Sean C. Jones, and Weston Sprott discussing what it means to navigate a professional music career. In addition to sharing their personal experiences, the artists will have the opportunity to impart their insights into needed actions to reinforce accountability and pursue responsive outcomes in American orchestras, music education, and the music industry. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for the artists in advance, to be answered during a Q&A portion of each session.

This six-week webinar series is free and open to the public.
Sessions will be held online via Zoom, and livestreamed to YouTube. Register, or click through to view via the links below.

  • Toyin Spellman-Diaz
    Toyin Spellman-Diaz

    July 8, 2020
    7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz is an original member of Imani Winds and hailed by the Washington Post for her “smooth, controlled tone and excellent technique.”
    Ms. Spellman-Diaz will be interviewed by NYYS board member Rima Vargas-Vetter.
    Register for the Zoom Webinar, here.
    View the YouTube livestream, here.

  • Kelly Hall-Tompkins
    Kelly Hall-Tompkins

    July 15, 2020
    7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive”, and featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African- American History, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is trailblazing an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial career as a soloist and chamber musician.
    Register for the Zoom Webinar, here.
    View the YouTube livestream, here.

  • Jeff Scott
    Jeff Scott

    July 22, 2020
    7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Jeff Scott is the french hornist in the internationally-acclaimed wind quintet Imani Winds, and is on faculty at Montclair State University and Oberlin College.
    Register for the Zoom Webinar, here.
    View the YouTube livestream, here.

  • Carmen Ruby Floyd
    Carmen Ruby Floyd

    July 29, 2020
    7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Singer and actor Carmen Ruby Floyd is known for her roles on Broadway (Avenue Q, Hello Dolly!), and television (Orange is the New Black, Person of Interest).
    Register for the Zoom Webinar, here.
    View the YouTube livestream, here.

  • Sean C. Jones
    Sean C. Jones

    August 5, 2020
    7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
    An internationally-recognized educator, trumpeter Sean C. Jones was recently named the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
    Register for the Zoom Webinar, here.
    View the YouTube livestream, here.

  • Weston Sprott
    Weston Sprott

    August 12, 2020
    7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Weston Sprott is a Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trombonist, and Dean of the Preparatory Division at The Juilliard School, leading Juilliard Pre-College and the Music Advancement Program.
    Register for the Zoom Webinar, here.
    View the YouTube livestream, here.

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