ICO Catalyst Grant Release

ICO Selected For 2022 Catalyst Fund Incubator to Further Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in American Orchestras

The League of American Orchestras selects the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as one of 20 orchestras nationwide to be part of its 2022 Catalyst Fund Incubator to foster more equity, diversity, and inclusion in American orchestras.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) was named one of 20 orchestras nationwide to be part of the 2022 cohort of the Catalyst Fund Incubator from the League of American Orchestras to promote greater equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in American orchestras. 

The Catalyst Fund Incubator Program is a competitive program that provides winning orchestras three years of grant support totaling $75,000 to work with a professional EDI consultant, a peer learning community with other winning orchestras in the cohort to strategize and improve culture in their organizations through an EDI lens, and additional modules, mentorship, and guidance from a variety of experts. 

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra was the only orchestra from Indiana and one of two chamber orchestras awarded a place in this incubator for 2022. “This award is more than just the financial support,” said Executive Director Dana Stone. “It’s about support from the league and the benefit of collectively working with other participants on these initiatives. The ICO has been actively working on EDI initiatives for the past few years and the boost that this program provides is invaluable.” 

With the program’s funding, the ICO has hired Joshua Thompson as its Creative Partner-in-Residence and Susan Feit as an EDI consultant. Thompson has worked with the ICO on its “What Makes Music American” educational programming provided free to Hoosier educators. In this new role, Thompson will cultivate work by a diverse array of composers for upcoming ICO concerts. Feit recently completed a similar DEI consultancy with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra that garnered significant recognition within the orchestra community.

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra wraps up its 2021-2022 season with two more engaging performances. On April 23, Sterling Elliott, the youngest Sphinx Competition winner in history (a competition for young Black and Latinx players), will play Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, and in May, the ICO brings back its highly-anticipated collaboration with Dance Kaleidoscope.


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