“When I came back to America I was trying to get jobs with bigger orchestras, but they were not interested. One orchestra told me they like my conducting and the board thought I had great ideas, but they didn’t know how to market me,” said Johnson.
“When I asked him for clarity, the guy on the search committee basically said, ‘You just don’t look like what our audience would expect a conductor to look like.’ That’s when I founded my own orchestra.”
She’s a woman. She’s African American. So an audience can’t handle those things? Or maybe just the guy on the search committee?
Well, okay … she even says that audiences expect something else. (There are a number of videos you can watch from this same place if you go here.)
So Jeri Lynne Johnson formed her own orchestra, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Kudos to her!
I read it here.