Sound Salon (formerly Byron Schenkman & Friends) is happy to announce that Lorin Green (she/her) will be joining the organization this summer as its new Executive Director. Green succeeds Margy Crosby, Sound Salon’s first Executive Director, who is retiring.
Green’s work centers on amplifying the voices of the underrepresented within all fields of music and art at large: “As a performer, educator, administrator, and activist within the arts community, my values have been and will continue to be equity, accessibility, and community engagement. My goal is to use art as a catalyst for change, healing, and community building, and to further the understanding of the necessity of art for all ages and backgrounds.”
“Working with Sound Salon is a great opportunity to continue my path of advocacy, innovation, and leadership within the arts,” states Green. “Especially post-COVID, arts organizations across the country have begun to question whether their programming truly and intentionally benefits their communities. Sound Salon is a part of this movement to present art that is reflective of their community while also being progressive and transformative.”
“I am very excited to begin working with Lorin”, shares Sound Salon Artistic Director Byron Schenkman (they/them). “In addition to great energy, experience, and ideas, she has a warmth and generosity of spirit which perfectly fits our Sound Salon values.” Green replies, “I am very enthusiastic to begin collaborating with Byron in their role as Artistic Director to continue programming recitals that showcase excellency of composition and performance while also uplifting underrepresented voices throughout the arts field.”
Sound Salon’s 2023-2024 season will include seven concerts including four performances at Benaroya Hall, kicking off October 1, 2023, with “Baroque Meets Karuk” featuring 17th-century works for strings and harpsichord alongside music from the Karuk tradition. Sound Salon also continues its virtual concert series with three new online concert premieres. These and the library of past virtual concerts are available to all with no access restrictions on @TheSoundSalon YouTube Channel. This season embodies Sound Salon’s commitment to building an increasingly inclusive and diverse community through thoughtfully programmed performances that welcome, engage, and inspire.
Serving as Seattle Arts Fellow at the Seattle Symphony for the last year, Green has been vital in helping revive and create new programs including the Prison Visits Program, Community Stages Fund, and Dear Humanity. “I am forever grateful to the phenomenal Education and Community Engagement Department at the Seattle Symphony that have welcomed me to their team as a colleague and friend. My work within the department has been transformative for myself as an administrator, and the lessons and experiences I have gained while working within the department will forever be with me throughout my career and life.”
Outside of her performance, educational, and administrative endeavors, Green co-hosts Relative Pitch Podcast where conversations center around accessibility, representation, and innovation within the music field. Her chamber ensemble, Elucidate Duo, is a flute and trumpet duo that strives to present riveting performances for an array of audiences by platforming and highlighting works by POC, women, and other underrepresented composers to aid in the diversification of the classical music canon.
Lorin Green is a graduate of Kennesaw State University (Bachelor’s in Flute Performance) and the University of New Mexico (Master’s in Flute Performance). While leading Sound Salon, Green will continue pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance at the University of Washington.
Schenkman summarizes: “I had a wonderful feeling about Lorin Green from our very first conversation and I am very excited about all the great energy, experience, ideas, and generosity of spirit she will bring to Sound Salon as the new Executive Director!”
Discover more about Sound Salon’s mission, vision, and values here: https://soundsalonmusic.org/about/
Learn about the organizations past at https://soundsalonmusic.org/history/
Listen to music at our Online Concert Library at YouTube.com/@TheSoundSalon