Dear Community,

Like you, we have been deeply troubled by recent deaths in the Black community, as well as by the racial injustices that have plagued our country for hundreds of years. All of these appalling tragedies continue to bring to the forefront the reality of marginalized and oppressed peoples throughout our society.

We firmly believe that music has the power to transform the lives of young people, but we also cannot ignore the fact that throughout our history, orchestral performances and educational curricula have traditionally highlighted a narrow scope of voices. Composers and performers from diverse backgrounds have too often been excluded from both stage and classroom, and we must do all we can to change this.

We are committed to listening and learning, to intentionally diversifying SOGO’s programming, and to ensuring that any student, regardless of background, has the opportunity to experience the joy of music.

Above all else, we affirm that each of our students is precious, one of a kind, and worth celebrating. We unite around the universal language of music and embrace the opportunities for learning, growth, and empowerment that arise along the way.

In solidarity,

Cameron May, Music Director
Krina Allison, Executive Director
Greg Allison, Artistic Director
SOGO Board of Directors