Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Adopts Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Policy

Joey Amato | March 16, 2021

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) recently announced the adoption of a policy for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access by the Board of Directors.

In September 2020 ICO established an IDEA committee which includes members of the board of directors and community leaders. This committee has met monthly to carefully review existing practices and programs. The adoption of the IDEA policy is the most recent development of these efforts. This policy addresses the workplace, Board of Directors, programming and concert experience, and education. The complete policy can be viewed at icomusic.org

The work of this committee is continuing to inspire ICO activities including a partnership with The National Alliance for Audition Support through the Sphinx Organization, the ongoing engagement of Sphinx artists as ICO guest soloists, and the creation of a new education program, “What Makes Music American.” The Sphinx Organization is a social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Sphinx’s four program areas – Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists, and Arts Leadership – form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programing being performed, the communities represented in audiences, and the artistic and administrative leadership within the field.

ICO will present a concert with Sphinx Artist, Rubén Rengel, Violin, on Sunday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts on a concert titled “Classic American.” Rubén will also be featured on the virtual education module, “What Makes Music American.” This program will be available to schools next school year and highlights the bold tradition of American Classical composers. The program explores the roots of jazz, ragtime, and American classical music with narration and performance by Indianapolis’ own, Joshua Thompson, with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Matthew Kraemer.  The virtual education module inspired the programming for the masterworks ICO season concert, “Classic American.” This concert features works by Howard Swanson, David Diamond, Samuel Barber, and Walter Piston. For information about ticketing and upcoming ICO concerts and event, visit icomusic.org or contact by phone at (317) 940-9607 or by email at tickets@icomusic.org.