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Couldn't make it to Chicago? Below you can download select presentations and more from the League's program of toolboxes/perspectives, meetings, seminars, announcements, etc.

Speeches

  • League Board member Albert K. “Nick” Webster presents Henry Fogel, incoming Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and former president and CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and of the League of American Orchestras, with The Gold Baton award: Read transcript
  • Listen to streaming audio of the keynote speech by Alberto Ibargüen, President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's presentation: An Essential Partner in a Vibrant Community; League President and CEO Jesse Rosen's address; the presentation of the 2009 Gold Baton to Henry Fogel, and much more!

Toolboxes/Perspectives

  • Your “Underwater” Endowment: What to do? (T)
    Orchestras are faced with new challenges in the management of endowments in this era of declining endowment values, “underwater endowments”, and new regulations.  This session will focus on the information and tools you need to have.
    Presentors: Steven Bronfenbrenner, Principal, B Squared Consulting; Kendis Key Muscheid, Director, Fennemore Craig


    Download the the PowerPoint presentation from Conference:
    Your “Underwater” Endowment: What to do? (PPT)

  • Protecting Musicians’ Hearing (T)
    What are the issues related to “noise” damage to musicians and what can be done about it?
    Speaker/presenters: Mark Pemberton, director, Association of British Orchestras; Russell Jones, vice president for marketing and membership development, League of American Orchestras

    Download the the PowerPoint presentation from Conference:
    Protecting Musicians’ Hearing (PPT)

  • El Sistema USA: Taking the Next Steps (T)
    Three orchestras – the Baltimore and Chicago Symphonies, and Los Angeles Philharmonic- and the New England Conservatory have done significant work in the last year inspired by the El Sistema model. Learn about their accomplishments and what they might mean for your orchestra.
    Speakers/presenters: Mark Churchill, dean and artistic director, Division of Preparatory & Continuing Education, New England Conservatory; Charles Grode, vice president for the Institute for Learning, Access and Training at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Dan Trahey, program manager, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Gretchen Nielsen, director of educational initiatives, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Moderator: Jessica Balboni, director, Orchestra Leadership Academy, League of American Orchestras

    Download Materials from Conference:
    A Distinct Approach: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s response to El Sistema (PPT)
    Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) (PPT)
    pdf LA Phil Youth Orchestra Fact Sheet

     
  • The Hall Says It All: Increasing the Vitality of the Symphonic Experience (T)
    This session explores how the physical environment can enhance the audience experience.
    Speakers/presenters: Jim Palermo, executive director, Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Benton Delinger, principal, Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.; Richard Talaske, principal acoustics consultant, TALASKE/Sound Thinking

    Download the presentation from Conference:
    pdf The Hall Says It All

  • Towards Greater Diversity and Inclusion
    This session provides an overview of some of the best thinking and practices in the diversity sector, and links them to the challenges faced by orchestras. Speakers/presenters: Dr. Paul Freeman, founder and music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta; Jim Hirsch, executive director of the Chicago Sinfonietta; Andrés Tapia, chief diversity officer/emerging workforce solutions leader for Hewitt Associates

    Download the PowerPoint presentation from Conference:
    Towards Greater Diversity and Inclusion (PPT)


Constituency Meeting Presentations

  • Churn Revisited – Is Anyone Making Butter Yet?
    Last year at the League Conference in Denver a unique project involving nine major orchestras, in association with the international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, presented research on the audience phenomenon known as Churn. The study confirmed that while orchestras are very successful in attracting large numbers of newcomers, they are not effectively converting them to long-term customers and supporters.  The Churn study identified various ways in which orchestras could improve retention of first-time attenders. One year later orchestras of varying sizes are beginning to take the findings and adapt them to their own products and markets. (Click here to learn more about Churn)
    Presentors: Jack McAuliffe, President, Engaged Audiences LLC; Kevin Giglinto, Vice President for marketing & Sales, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Crystal Lohman Director of Patron Services and Marketing; Moderator: Russell Jones, Vice President for Marketing and Membership Development, League of American Orchestras

    Download the PowerPoint presentation from Conference:
    Churn Revisited (PPT)
       
  • Audience Growth, it’s not just good marketing!
    A presentation of the key findings of the Oliver Wyman Audience Churn Initiative with a discussion of the artistic and operational implications. (Click here to learn more about Churn)
    Presentors: Jack McAuliffe, President, Engaged Audiences LLC; Charlie Wade, Vice President for Marketing and Audience Engagement, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Kim Noltemy, Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Moderator: Russell Jones, Vice President for Marketing and Membership Development, League of American Orchestras

    Download the PowerPoint presentation from Conference:
    Audience Growth, it’s not just good marketing! (PPT)

  • PR and the New IRS Form 990
    This year the IRS is requiring more information from non-profits about governance, salaries, and more. 990 forms are available to the media on the website guidestar.com as soon as orchestras file them. Orchestra finance consultant Steven Bronfenbrenner will review the implications of these new reporting requirements for transparency with the media, funders, and the public.

    Download the PowerPoint presentation from Conference:
    The New Form 990 (PPT)

 

Awards presented/announced at Conference