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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Choirs "not diverse enough"

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Two Cobb County high schools whose choirs have performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the past four years were told their choirs were not diverse enough.

Jay Dillon, a spokesman for Cobb County Schools, said the district was told its two choirs could still perform, but only part of their choirs could participate.

"This year, the schools were informed by symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus," Dillon said. "Because the full choruses would not be able to perform with the symphony, both Lassiter and Walton have declined to participate this year."

Meanwhile, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein, said the ordeal has been a misunderstanding.

"We are simply trying to share the experience we gave those choirs (for four years) with other talented choirs across the metro-area on a rotating basis," Romanstein said.

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