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Deborah Borda’s Curtis Institute of Music Commencement Address

Posted May 16, 2017

NY Philharmonic Deborah Borda Curtis Institute of Music

How does music fit in with society at large? That was a question that Deborah Borda, who will become the New York Philharmonic’s President and CEO this coming September, asked graduates of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music — the elite conservatory responsible for training some of the top musicians of the 20th century and today, including many New York Philharmonic musicians and Music Director Alan Gilbert. She was the commencement speaker this past Saturday, when she was also conferred an honorary doctorate. As reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Deborah Borda spoke of the changing role of orchestras in today’s society, saying “everything I took for granted as a musician first and then managing America’s great orchestras has changed.Learn more about her call for the young professionals — whom she called “the elite of … the microkingdom of classical music” — to become “solders for music” and her thoughts on her close partnership with Gustavo Dudamel at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.