How Joseph Young went from high school teacher to Berkeley Symphony conductor
This interview aired in the June 1, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.
The first time Joseph Young saw an orchestra was when he was a teenager in South Carolina. He was drawn to the role of the conductor. Joseph is the conductor for the Berkeley Symphony. He’s one of a small number of Black conductors in the country. A 2023 report by the League of American Orchestras found about 6.7% of music conductors are Black.
Joseph says when it comes to diversity he wants his shows to not only be accessible, but relatable.
This weekend's show by the Berkeley Symphony is inspired by stories about strong women. It's called "Enduring Stories." In this interview, Joseph Young shares his career and how the late Oakland Symphony Conductor Michael Morgan changed his life.
This interview was produced by Porfirio Rangel.
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