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Mission Statement

The Du Bois Orchestra uses music to overcome social exclusion by elevating underrepresented voices in classical music through high quality musical performance, education, and community engagement.

The Du Bois Orchestra believes that our mission, with social justice and inclusion as its core principle, represents the future of classical music and successful arts organizations everywhere. We believe so fiercely in this group and its success because we know that our work and mission are vital to creating the type of environment in classical music that will thrive for years to come. Since 2015 we have been programming works by historically marginalized composers well before it became a fad to do so. We have also been programming those works alongside the classical canon, while many typically program them in separate concerts from their regular programming. 
Our administrative team has been working for the past year to create goals for the Du Bois Orchestra that will both elevate the ensemble, and honor our namesake, W.E.B. Du Bois. With your support we hope to:

  • Transition to a professional ensemble by providing pay to our musicians and administration
  • Commission works by living underrepresented composers
  • Provide low cost and/or free music training for underserved communities
  • Program traditional chamber music as well as new music chamber works
  • Program less performed works and not just the “hits”

These goals will transform the Du Bois Orchestra from a community group to a professional ensemble using its platform to live out our mission. We will continue to keep our performances free of charge with the option for our audience members to donate, as we believe classical music deserves to be economically accessible and not reserved solely for the wealthy.
With your viewership and patronage, these movements forward in our growth will be possible, and you will all be a part of the new era of classical music; one built on inclusivity rather than exclusivity, public good rather than luxury, and most importantly, equality and justice on all fronts.
For more information and updates about our work to-date, please visit our website , sign up for our newsletter , or follow us on social media.

Gift | $20

Contribute to the general operating costs of the Du Bois Orchestra as a part of the annual fund.

Supporter | $50

Become a Supporter of the Du Bois Orchestra and help support our costs to print tickets and programs for our concerts OR choose a particular category where you would like the money to go: musician salary, venue rental costs, overhead costs.

Patron | $100

Become a Patron of the Du Bois Orchestra and sponsor one of our musicians for one concert. Receive two guaranteed choice seats at one Du Bois concert this season.

Friend | $250

Become a Friend of the Du Bois Orchestra and help sponsor musician salaries. Receive two guaranteed choice seats at all Du Bois concerts.

Joseph Bologne Circle | $500

Join the Joseph Bologne Circle with this gift and enjoy a post-concert reception after the first concert of our 2021-22 season. Receive four guaranteed choice seats at all Du Bois concerts, free concert audio (CD and/or digital), and entry to one of our rehearsals.

Florence Price Circle | $1000

Join the Price Circle of the Du Bois Orchestra and help cover our venue and rental fees. In addition to all of the benefits of the Bologne circle and receive guaranteed choice seats at all Du Bois concerts for all in your party up to 8 PLUS dinner with conductor and Artistic Director, Dominique Hoskin.

Conductor’s Club | $2500

Join the Conductor’s Club and receive all of the benefits of the Bologne and Price Circles PLUS a private half an hour recital by Du Bois Orchestra concertmaster, violinist Thomas Cooper  and/or Executive Director, flutist Joe LaRocca.

W.E.B. Du Bois Circle | $5000

Join the Du Bois Circle of the Du Bois Orchestra with your $5000 contribution and cover the cost for one complete season concert. Receive all the benefits of the Bologne and Price Circles PLUS a private quartet concert with Du Bois Orchestra string principals, presenting half an hour of quartet music.

  • David Barzelay 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Betsy Disharoon 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Meagan Ferreira 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • mark banazek 
    • $10 
    • 1 mo
  • James OShaughnessy 
    • $1,000 
    • 1 mo
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Fundraising team (3)

Joe LaRocca 
Organizer
Cambridge, MA
Dominique Hoskin 
Team member
Laura Reyes 
Team member
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