Emerging Leaders Program

Nominations for the Emerging Leaders Program are now closed. The following information is provided for reference only.

The League is seeking up to seven young leaders with imagination, ambition, and discipline who are ready to be inspired and challenged. The Emerging Leaders Program is a two-year program for those who want to be a driving force in the future of America’s orchestras.

The Emerging Leaders Program will take a natural born leader and help them reach their potential through formal leadership and organizational development curriculum and mentoring, while they design a project that benefits his or her orchestra.

Nomination deadline: November 1, 2013

The Ideal Candidate

  • Must be 35 years of age or under
  • Must have the potential to be a leader for orchestras and for making an even greater contribution to the organization they currently serve
  • Must have a passion for orchestras
  • Must be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound (or it seems like they do)

The Emerging Leaders Program is not focused on your current job title – it focuses on what you want your future to be. 

What’s Needed to Apply

Potential candidates must be nominated by their executive director* or board chair. This program is open to all full-time staff and musicians of League member orchestras. Please read the Emerging Leaders Program Guidelines before proceeding further.

Please note that the essay portion of the application should be 1,000 words or less, total.

Nominees invited to apply will be notified by mid-November. You can also see a full timeline of the program.

*Please note: If the candidate is an executive director, he or she must be nominated by their board chair

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