Orchestra Bibliography

Downloadable books

And the Band Stopped Playing: The Rise and Fall of the San Jose Symphony
By Dr. Thomas Wolf, Wolf, Keens and Co & Nancy Glaze, Packard Foundation

This in-depth case study report focuses on the San Jose Symphony Orchestra which closed in 2002 and is a cautionary tale for other cities, other symphony orchestras, for those in the entertainment industry, and for anyone connected with a nonprofit organization. It looks at the history of classical music organizations, its market, the avoidance of the concert hall, competition, consumer preference, financial and organizational issues, leadership, economic issues and provides advice for other orchestras.

Click here to access this article, free to League members.


The Orchestra Forum “Elephant” Task Force report

This report represents the findings of a task force of managers, musicians and trustees that addressed the long term opportunities for orchestras in the face of a challenging economy. The presentation is introduced by Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League.

You may find it helpful to download the PowerPoint presentation and the full report by the task force to follow along with the video.

Download the ETF Powerpoint presentation

Download the ETF Report in full

The Orchestra Forum “Elephant” Task Force report was an initiative of and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Books for purchase


The American Symphony Orchestra

Henry Swoboda (Editor)

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The American Symphony Orchestra: A Social History of Musical Taste
John Henry Mueller

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Bach, Beethoven, and Bureaucracy: The Case of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Edward Arian

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra,: Its organization, growth and development, 1891-1924
Philo Adams Otis

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Music in the cultured generation: A social history of music in America, 1870-1900
Joseph A. Mussulman

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Symphony Hall, Boston (Da Capo Press Music Reprint Series)
H. Earle Johnson

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Those Fabulous Philadelphians: The Life and Times of a Great Orchestra
Herbert Kupferberg

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