Executive Directors, Group 2

Jonathan Martin, president and managing director, Charlotte Symphony, invites you to join him at the League's 2011 Conference


Constituency Liaison: Polly Kahn
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The League is extremely grateful to Arup for agreeing to be the inaugural sponsor of the Executive Director meeting track at Conference.

Tuesday, June 7th 


Roundtable Catch-up

Greeting from Raj Patel, principal and leader, Americas Region, at Arup Acoustics. 

  • What’s going on for you?
  • Discussion of effective strategies for attracting “next generation” audience members
  • Discussion of new ways of working with artist managers and their artists that meet your needs and represent the          orchestra well    

Jonathan Martin, president & executive director, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
2:45pm-3:15 pm   

Presentation: George Cohen
Key approaches to collective bargaining in the current environment, including an overview of the services available via the FMCS.

George Cohen, CEO, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services

Wednesday, June 8th



Join us for breakfast and a sneak peek of the exciting new symphony show Cirque Musica. Blending the thrills of today’s greatest circus performers with stunning orchestral arrangements, Cirque Musica is a high quality performance sure to please patrons young and old.

Sponsored by Cirque Musica, The Cooking Group and The Agency Group.  


Churning Butter into Gold

Inspired by the findings of the Audience Growth Initiative (Churn Study), marketing and development directors from nine orchestras undertook a follow-up Patron Growth Initiative with Prescott & Associates to tackle the more complex issue of building sustainable support, factoring in both attendance and donations — thus helping orchestras grow total lifetime value.

Kate Prescott will present the findings and recommendations of the yearlong effort that included data mining (on a database of 545,000 concertgoers and donors), qualitative, and quantitative research.  Her presentation will be followed by remarks from participating marketing and development directors on strategies they are pursuing as a result of the Initiative.

Kate Prescott, principal, Prescott & Associates

Facilitator: Jack McAuliffe, president, Engaged Audiences LLC; panelists: marketing and development directors TBA

Shared session with Executive Directors, Groups 3, 4, 5 and 6, and Marketing and Development Managers Groups 1 through 8     

Thursday, June 9th


Discussion: Visioning for the Future

Given our current circumstances, it’s easy to get locked into the shorter term tactical work that allows us to move through today’s exigent pressures. But, it’s also our mandate to look at the longer-term sustainability of our institutions. What will our orchestras look like in 10, 20, 50 years? What is required of us, as institutional leaders today, to ensure the future health of our orchestras?

Bruce Coppock, former president, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; arts consultant


Discussion: Governance Challenges

As executive directors, what are the challenges we are experiencing today? What are some strategies for achieving better alignment between executive director and board leadership in navigating ever-changing waters?   

Lowell Noteboom, board chair, League of American Orchestras; former board chair, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra   


Sponsored Lunch with Eugene Carr, CEO Patron Technology
Boardroom 3

Luncheon Sponsored by Patron Technology

Name badges for this event generously provided by TALASKE l Sound Thinking