Emerging Leaders Program

2014-15 Emerging Leaders Participants (inaugural class)

Congratulations to the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program class:
Caleb Bailey, Jennifer Behr, Nicholas Cohen, Bradley Evans, Yoo-Jin Hong,
and Rebecca Zabinski.

Check back in late April for 2016 application information.

The six leaders work in all areas of orchestra administration, including artistic, development, education and community engagement, and operations.

Caleb Bailey
Orchestra Manager
Lincoln Symphony
(Lincoln, NE)


Jennifer Behr
Individual Giving Manager
Jacksonville Symphony
(Jacksonville, FL)


Nicholas Cohen
General Manager,
OrchKids and
Baltimore Symphony
Youth Orchestras
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Bradley Evans
Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager
San Francisco Symphony


Yoo-Jin Hong
Director of Civic Orchestra
and Training Programs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Rebecca Zabinski
Artistic Administration
Houston Symphony

About the Emerging Leaders Program

The League’s Emerging Leaders Program is an intensive, two-year program combining on-the-job learning with strong mentoring and peer network-building opportunities.

The prestigious program was created to develop future orchestra leaders. Participants are selected based on their potential to significantly impact the orchestra field as future leaders, as well as their ability to make an even greater contribution to the organization they currently serve.

Facilitated by John McCann, a national expert in executive training, the Emerging Leaders Program offers frequent in-person meetings at the League’s New York City offices; the chance to jointly curate content at the League’s National Conference; and a group visit to other organizations. In addition, participants work with designated mentors both at their home orchestras and outside the field, and also receive financial resources to address personalized professional-development needs.

The curriculum addresses developing participants’ leadership capacity in high-stress environments, balancing priorities, conflict resolution, internal and external relations, governance practice, the evolving art form, and cross-cultural competency.

The Emerging Leaders Program is the next chapter in the League’s history of distinguished executive leadership programs for American orchestras. These programs have included the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Executive Leadership Programs, Institutional Vision and Critical Issues programs, and Essentials of Orchestra Management, among others, as well the League’s National Conference, and a host of career development, learning, and grant opportunities for composers, conductors, board development and governance, orchestra volunteers, and all other League member constituents.

The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc.,
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions? Contact Ken Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.