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Rising Senior Represents Pittsburgh at National Orchestra Conference

Abril Linares Mendoza, a rising senior at Shady Side Academy Senior School, was a panelist at the League of American Orchestras 78th Annual National Conference, which was held in Pittsburgh on June 14-16, 2023. 

Linares Mendoza, a violinist, represented the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra in Friday morning's Youth Perspectives on Engaging with Orchestras panel. She was one of two high school panelists at the event, and the only panelist representing Pittsburgh.

The goal of the panel was to deepen understanding of the priorities of the next generation in light of the findings of a nationwide survey of high school youth orchestra students, undergraduate and graduate music majors, and recent graduates. Topics included regarding who plans to attend concerts as an adult, who plans to donate to orchestras as an adult, their thoughts about orchestras’ work in equity, diversity, and inclusion, and what barriers prevent them from going to more concerts. 

Congratulations, Abril!


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