Exploring “Critical Questions/Countless Solutions,” League of American Orchestras’ National Conference To Focus on Innovation in Orchestras June 4-6 in Seattle

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Exploring “Critical Questions/Countless Solutions,”
League of American Orchestras’ National Conference
To Focus on Innovation in Orchestras
June 4-6 in Seattle
New York, NY (April 30, 2014) The League of American Orchestras’ National Conference will offer fresh perspectives from thought leaders on the many ways orchestras are adapting during this era of rapid change. Hosted by the Seattle Symphony, the Conference takes place June 4-6, 2014 in Seattle, with pre-Conference seminars on June 2-4 as well as musical performances, events, and sessions presented by industry experts and beyond. Nearly 1,000 professionals and volunteers from across the orchestra field are expected to attend.
“The artistic vibrancy of the Seattle Symphony, our host orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest’s strong spirit of innovation mirror the current state of orchestras across the country,” says League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Orchestras are facing a number of critical issues, and they are addressing these in unprecedented ways. The Conference serves as the forum for exchange of these innovative practices and new perspectives.”
“We’re very happy and honored to be hosting this important conference,” says Seattle Symphony Executive Director Simon Woods. “The Seattle Symphony is indeed in an exciting and forward-looking moment in its history – but so are many other American orchestras, and there is much to be gained by coming together to explore and celebrate the inspiring ways our sector has responded to the challenges of our time.”
Drawing on the theme “Critical Questions/Countless Solutions,” the Conference will
kick off on June 4 with a keynote speech on creativity, ingenuity, and change by Claire
Chase, MacArthur Award-winning flutist, founder of ICE, the International Contemporary
Ensemble, and a prominent representative of the new generation of young
entrepreneurial musicians. Chase will open her address with a performance of Varèse’s
“Density 21.5,” using it as “a springboard to imagine a 21st- century musical ecosystem
with invention as its engine and change as its guide.” The opening general session will
also include a performance by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor
Stephen Rodgers Radcliffe of Wagner’s “Dawn” and “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from
Götterdämmerung, as well as Aaron Jay Kernis’ Dreamsongs For Cello and Orchestra
with cello soloist Joshua Roman. The session will close with a joint performance by
Joshua Roman and composer/DJ Gabriel Prokofiev of excerpts of the latter’s “Cello
Multitracks” (2010). The opening session will be video streamed live beginning 3:45 PST
on June 4.
The closing general session on June 6 will include a keynote speech by noted arts
researcher Alan Brown, principal, WolfBrown, presenting “If It Ain’t Broke, Break It: What
10 Years of Research and Experimentation Tells Us About Audiences, Creativity, and the
Future of Orchestras;” a speech by Jesse Rosen; and an appearance by Seattle
Symphony musicians and Native flute player Paul “Che-oke-ten” Wagner, performing
excerpts from the Potlatch Symphony, a work co-created by Seattle Symphony Native
Lands Composer-in-Residence Janice Giteck alongside Native artists and community
Music will play an important role at the Conference. An evening concert on June 5 at
Benaroya Hall will feature the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot
performing Dutilleux’s Symphony No. 2, “Le double,” and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé
[complete], with the Seattle Symphony Chorale. Conference participants are also invited
to attend the Seattle Symphony’s post-Conference “Sonic Evolution” concert featuring
world premieres by Luis Tinoco, Du Yun, and Gabriel Prokofiev.
Twenty-one Conference elective sessions will offer strategies, tactics, tools, practices, and research to explore key areas of interest to the orchestra field, including technology, diversity, education, fundraising, fiscal health, audience development, and repertoire. Among the electives will be:
 A New Generation of Musicians: What Does it Mean for Orchestras? with League President and CEO Jesse Rosen; Claire Chase; Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher; cellist Joshua Roman; and Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor, wild Up
 Acting Up: Urgent Civic Priorities with Warren W. Hyer, executive director, Central Ohio Symphony; Sarah Johnson, director, Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
 Boards on Fire! Inspiring Trustees to Raise Money Joyfully with Susan Howlett, governance consultant and author of Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully
 Check This Out! Two separate sessions featuring snapshot presentations from organizations around the country on successful projects in the areas of artistic, audience engagement, development, education, marketing and technology innovations
 Learning from Our Colleagues Abroad with André Gremillet, managing director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Kate Lidbetter, chief executive officer, Symphony Services International; Mark Pemberton, director, Association of British Orchestras; Robert Zimmermann, CEO, Berlin Phil Media GmbH
 Play On! Learning from Passionate Amateurs with Carol Bogash, vice president of education and community engagement, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Ron Gallman, director of education programs/youth orchestras, San Francisco Symphony; Lowell Noteboom, chair, League of American Orchestras; former board chair, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (and amateur cellist); Alan Shen, music director, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra; former conductor, Microsoft Orchestra
 Taking Measure in the Age of Social Media with Doug McLennan, editor, ArtsJournal.com
 Telling Stories and Changing Perceptions with Leslie Jackson Chihuly, board chair, Seattle Symphony; Rosalie Contreras, vice president of communications, Seattle Symphony; Simon Woods, executive director, Seattle Symphony
The focus on innovative practice in an evolving landscape will continue with such sessions as Achieving Impact – Funders’ New Expectations; Digital Connect: New Opportunities for Orchestras; Get a Grip on the New Music Education Ecosystem;
Mind the (Generation and Diversity) Gap!; and Orchestra Lab: The Spring For Music Experiment.
The League is also hosting a three-day pre-Conference seminar on Foundations of Collective Bargaining. This free program, June 2-4, is being offered for musicians, administrators and board members by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service as a service to orchestras. Participants will gain skills that will assist them in reaching durable agreements that build healthy communication and trust among stakeholders.
Additional pre-Conference seminars include:
 Aligning Money & Organizational Strategy: Recovery & Opportunity with Susan Nelson, principal, Technical Development Corporation
 Capturing and Conveying Impact: Using Multimedia Approaches in Program Evaluation and Communications with Christopher Amos, director, Educational Media and Technology, Carnegie Hall; Sarah Johnson, director, Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall; Dennie Palmer Wolf, principal, WolfBrown
 Concert Formats, Revisited with Alan Brown, principal, WolfBrown; Howard Herring, president and CEO, New World Symphony
 Getting More Out of Individual Giving with Stacy Wilson Margolis, vice president for development, League of American Orchestras; Michelle Hamilton, vice president for development, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; Mandy Sauer, executive director, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
 Reaching Your Board’s Full Potential with Susan S. Meier, senior governance consultant, BoardSource
 Tapping Your Inner Futurist with Garry Golden, lead futurist, FutureThink
For a full Conference schedule, including online registration, hotel accommodations, and travel discounts, visit http://www.americanorchestras.org/conference2014/
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth

ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.
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