The League of American Orchestras
in association with
The University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program present

The Essentials of Orchestra Management

Hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California

July 12-21, 2016

Notice: The application period for the 2016 Essentials of Orchestra Management closed on March 24, 2016.

Those interested in being contacted about future professional development seminars including the 2017 Essentials of Orchestra Management should contact the League at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Scholarships are available for eligible applicants.

For an overview of the 2016 Essentials program, faculty list and preliminary agenda, click here.

For a look at the 2016 Essentials participants, read our press release.


Essentials of Orchestra Management is the League's immersive ten-day seminar which prepares emerging orchestra managers to lead successfully in the 21st century. It is a unique residential program that provides an in-depth overview of orchestra management, builds career networks, and provides an unprecedented view of what is necessary to become an innovative and successful leader in the arts.



Essentials of Orchestra Management returns to Los Angeles in 2016, building on the success of last year's partnership with University of Southern California's Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music. This extraordinary partnership allows the League to draw upon some of the most innovative voices currently working on the West Coast.

The invited faculty include innovative leaders, including Brent Assink, executive director of the San Francisco Symphony; Deborah Borda, president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Simon Woods, president & CEO, Seattle Symphony; Bruce Coppock, CEO (retired), The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Michael Morgan, music director & conductor, Oakland Symphony; Kenneth Foster, director of USC's Arts Leadership program; top consultants and funders, and staff and board members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, among others.

Since its inception in 2000, over 400 emerging leaders have participated in Essentials, including many who now hold key leadership positions in orchestras. This program will provide you with the concepts, skills, and strategies required by members of a successful leadership team in the 21st century. You'll leave with a strong network of orchestra leaders across the country. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Eligible applicants have less than three year's management experience within the orchestra field. Early career professionals, career changers, graduate students, and musicians are encouraged to apply.

Essentials of Orchestra Management was made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and Wells Fargo Foundation.

Essentials was sponsored by the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.