President and CEO

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Jesse Rosen
President and CEO, League of American Orchestras

Since becoming President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in 2008, Jesse Rosen has been a leading voice for change, empowering the League’s more than 2,000 member organizations and individuals with knowledge and perspective to navigate their own paths through a rapidly changing environment.

Under Rosen’s leadership, the League has advocated for orchestras’ reinvigorated and deeper engagement with community; greater discipline and understanding of fiscal health; increased use of data to inform decision-making; and widespread engagement with composers.  He has increased the League’s impact by building partnerships with organizations such as New Music USA, Board Source, the Thornton School of Music at USC, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and has given voice to America’s orchestras through his Huffington Post blog, Symphony magazine column, national media interviews, and international appearances.

During his seventeen-year tenure at the League, Rosen has been instrumental in creating new programs and partnerships in the areas of artistry, leadership development, diversity, governance, capitalization, and community engagement, including Ford Made in America, the largest-ever orchestra commissioning consortium; Music Alive, offering financial and administrative support for composer residencies at orchestras; and Getty Education and Community Investment Grants, helping orchestras connect to their communities. There has been an exponential increase in the number of orchestras benefitting from League programs and initiatives, as well as an upturn in the profile of orchestras among the nation’s cultural, policy, and opinion leaders. Rosen has embraced new technologies, making extensive use of webinars, live streaming, and digital communications in the League’s increasing array of distance learning opportunities. Under his direction, the League has renewed its focus on hard data, issuing a range of crucial longitudinal studies and reports.

Rosen serves on the board of the American Composers Orchestra, as Vice Chair of the Performing Arts Alliance, and on the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music. He speaks regularly at major arts convenings, and is a frequent guest of conservatories and schools of music. A lifelong musician and experienced orchestra CEO, Rosen has served as general manager of the Seattle Symphony, executive vice president and managing director of the American Composers Orchestra in New York City, orchestra manager of the New York Philharmonic, and vice president of programs for Affiliate Artists, Inc. A trombonist, Jesse Rosen received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and pursued graduate studies at The Juilliard School.          

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