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An Ensemble of Immigrants

From its first season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has relied on immigration to fill the chairs in its ensemble. During the orchestra's first 20 years, only 15% of its musicians were U.S.-born. Over the years, immigration patterns have shifted with geopolitical and legal changes. Image Description

Pie chart illustrating the birthplace by region of BSO musicians from 1881 to the present

BSO Musicians by Region of Origin, 1881-present

Note: Because Canada is grouped under "Commonwealth," the North America region is essentially U.S.-born.