The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has established itself as a pioneer in the music industry, not only for its outstanding performances but also for its commitment to accessibility. Under the leadership of President and CEO Erik Rönmark, the DSO has become known as the most accessible orchestra on the planet, with a mission to connect with audiences both locally and globally.
One of the key initiatives that has helped the DSO achieve this status is its dedication to digital innovation. The orchestra’s free Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts have allowed music lovers from around the world to tune in and experience the DSO’s performances, regardless of their location or financial means. This commitment to digital accessibility has been further strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the DSO has continued to provide virtual concerts and engage with audiences online.
In addition to digital accessibility, the DSO has also made a concerted effort to connect with its local community through initiatives such as the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series and the Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE). The CYE program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, provides instrumental music training for students in southeastern Michigan and offers online learning opportunities with youth ensemble directors and DSO musicians.
Erik Rönmark has played a vital role in driving these accessibility initiatives forward, both on and off stage. As a member of the DSO’s administration since 2005, he has helped establish the orchestra’s reputation for promoting and embracing modern and diverse repertoire while recognizing its rich legacy. Rönmark’s leadership has also been instrumental in the development of the DSO’s comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and the vision for the DSO Impact endowment campaign.
DSO is poised to continue pushing the boundaries of accessibility and innovation in the music industry. The orchestra’s commitment to reaching new audiences through digital content and engagement, as well as its dedication to its local community, serves as a powerful example of how organizations can use their influence to effect positive change.
As the world continues to grapple with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s approach to accessibility and innovation has never been more relevant. By leading the way in these areas, the DSO is setting a new standard for what is possible in the music industry and proving that music truly has the power to bring people together.
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