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In Order to Flourish:
Musical Pathways, Opportunities to Build and Questions to Ask

Dennie Palmer Wolf, WolfBrown
Dalouge Smith, San Diego Youth Symphony



This document sketches out the processes that support -- and challenge -- young musicians seeking to enter the field of classical music, from early childhood through young adult professional lives. This work is the result of a number of converging events and efforts: a national study of ElSistemainspired orchestras in the U.S. and a Mellon Foundation meeting in December 2015 that addressed the issue of diversity in American orchestras, at which time Dennie Palmer Wolf of WolfBrown and Dalouge Smith of the San Diego Youth Symphony volunteered to create a developmental map of the trajectories of young musicians in the field of classical music.

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