League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar Offers Participants 10-Day Immersion Into the Orchestra Field Intensive Talent Development Program Guided by Co-Directors Brent Assink and Deborah Rutter and Faculty of Experts

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League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar Offers Participants 10-Day Immersion Into the Orchestra Field
Intensive Talent Development Program Guided by Co-Directors
Brent Assink and Deborah Rutter and Faculty of Experts
New York, NY (February 13, 2014) – Essentials of Orchestra Management, a 10-day intensive talent development program offered by the League of American Orchestras, takes place at the League’s New York offices from February 4 – 13. Twenty-six participants from within the orchestra field and beyond examine all facets of the orchestra field, learning from a faculty of orchestra, organizational change, diversity, and negotiation experts, among others.
Essentials of Orchestra Management provides a blend of the hard skills necessary for a career in orchestras with the leadership capacities to understand and address the seismic changes taking place in the business and cultural environment. “This program offers a bridge from the best of the core practices of orchestras to the next practices that will support the continuing evolution of the art form, the artists, and the organizations,” commented Jesse Rosen, League President and CEO.
This year’s faculty includes seminar Co-Directors Brent Assink, executive director, San Francisco Symphony, and Deborah Rutter, president, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Nashville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and Principal Clarinet James Zimmermann; violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins; composer Jennifer Higdon; singer Marilyn Horne; executives, administrators and board members from Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, The Juilliard School, The Knights, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Jay Blumenthal, director, Symphonic Services Division, American Federation of Musicians; Alan S. Brown, principal, WolfBrown; Ben Cameron, program director for the arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Bo Young Lee, senior vice president, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Marsh Inc., Bill Pasmore, organizational practice leader, Center for Creative Leadership, and Beth Fisher-Yoshida, academic director, negotiation and conflict resolution program, Columbia University, among others. Click here for the full faculty list.
The Essentials curriculum features an interactive mix of presentation, discussion, case studies and creative simulations (Photo: Katherine Cohn, from Essentials of Orchestra Management, 2013)
Essentials of Orchestra Management provides participants with interactive, experiential learning around all the aspects of running orchestras: artistic programming; business, operational, sales and marketing areas; diversity and community engagement. They examine relationships between president, board, manager, staff and musicians; labor and HR management; and the development of long-view perspectives.
This year’s sessions also include a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall, a tour of Carnegie Hall under the guidance of archivist and Rose Museum and Archives director Gino Francesconi, a visit to the Bronx to a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections Community Event at Horizon Juvenile Center, and one-on-one mentoring and career guidance sessions.
Essentials graduates hold positions in many American orchestras. Their ranks include Chris Ayzoukian, vice president, Philharmonic and production, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Melanie Clarke, executive director, Princeton Symphony Orchestra; Scott Faulkner,
executive director, Reno Chamber Orchestra; Kareem George, Managing Director of Community Programs, Detroit Symphony; Gary Ginstling, chief executive officer, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; David Grossman, executive director, Santa Barbara Symphony; Julie Kim, director of operations, The Cleveland Orchestra; Peter Kjome president and CEO, Grand Rapids Symphony; Amanda Sauer, executive director, Tallahassee Symphony; Trudy Schroeder, executive director, Winnipeg Symphony; Matthew Spivey, vice president of artistic operations, Baltimore Symphony; Jamie Steinemann, executive director, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; and Barbara Zach, executive director, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, among others.
This year’s diverse group of participants come from a full range of orchestra budget sizes, and from the U.S. as well as internationally. They work in departments including operations, finance, artistic, development, education, marketing, and public relations. Three are orchestra executive directors.
The 26 Essentials of Orchestra Management participants for 2014 include:
Ariana Baurley; Public Relations Immersion Program, 21C Media Group
Jonathan Biro; Development Director. The Halifax Music Co-op
Jarrad Bittner; Education Assistant, The Phoenix Symphony
David Bojanowski; Development and Marketing Intern, League of American Orchestras
Rayna Davis; Marketing Manager, New World Symphony
Karen Dichoza; Director of Finance and Operations, Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Kayleigh Dudevoir; General Manager, The Chicago Chamber Choir
Brandon Faber; Executive Director, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Filzen; Operations Manager, The Florida Orchestra
Miriam Fogel; Violist, former intern, Mostly Mozart Festival and former board member, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Hillary Fowler; Intern and Program Annotator, Central Ohio Symphony
Kenneth Freed; Founder, President, Board Chair, Learning Through Music Consulting Group and Violist, Minnesota Orchestra
Pedro Gattoni; Advisor to Artistic Director, Brazil Symphony Orchestra
Brian Hoeflschweiger; Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations, The New School
Nicole Houghton; Operations Intern, Pittsburgh Symphony
Yuri Kim; General Manager, Occasional Symphony
Lisa LaFleur; Director of Program Development, Louisiana Symphony
Susan Lape; Executive Director, Lake Forest Symphony
Andrew Llewellyn; Operations and Production Coordinator, Chesapeake Symphony
Devan Pope; Orchestra Management Intern, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Laura SanBoeuf; Director of Development & Community Relations, Resonance Works
Nicholas Seibert; Development Operations Manager, The Florida Orchestra
Ron Sykes; Director of Nonprofit & Arts Call Center, DCM
Andrew Tremblay; Assistant to the Director of the Music Division, Boston Conservatory
Cristobal Urrutia; Executive Director , Orquesta de Camara de Valdivia
Katie Williams; Orchestra Manager Apprentice, Flint Symphony
Participant bios can be found here.
Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible, in part, by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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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