Carnegie Hall Official Shines in Efforts to Reach Out

A Young Leader Shows Carnegie Hall How to Reach Out 1

Chris Lee

Carnegie Hall’s Sarah Johnson says playing the oboe in orchestras helped her learn to focus on results: “A musician is constantly trying something in the practice room and then trying to do it better.”

Vincent Schiraldi, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation, says he expects a lot of surprises on the job. Yet he was stunned nonetheless a few years back when he got a call from Carnegie Hall.

The legendary music organization’s top education and outreach officer, Sarah Johnson, wanted to meet with Mr. Schiraldi to discuss including kids who were in trouble with the law in Musical Connections, a program she helped create at Carnegie that engages people in