Constituency Liaison: Cindi Hubbard
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Tuesday, June 7th


Minnesota Orchestra- Open Rehearsal

Orchestra Hall
111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

KERNIS    Concert with Echoes
BEETHOVEN    Piano Concerto No. 3
SIBELIUS    Symphony No.2


Lunch with Osmo Vänskä

Moderator: Robert Neu, vice president and general manager, Minnesota Orchestra

Luncheon sponsored by Sciolino Artist Management


Walk back to Hilton


New American Music: The Art of Innovation, Risk and Reward

What is the significance of new American music for the orchestra and our audiences? Does commissioning new music and creating new music projects support a new tradition of an American orchestral music? By deepening and communicating our commitment to new American orchestral music can we add value in our communities? In this session our panel will discuss these philosophical questions, and offer their combined experience around topics such as: working effectively with a composer in your orchestra family and in the larger community; new and creative approaches to funding commissions and new music projects; critical elements of a great Residency program; outstanding new music resources and more. Plus you’ll take away publishers' top picks for emerging American composers.

Patrick Castillo, director of artistic planning, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Delta David Gier, music director, The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Paul Gunther, principal librarian, Minnesota Orchestra; Aaron Jay Kernis, composer, founder/director, Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute; Steven Lankenau, director, promotion, Boosey & Hawkes

Shared session with Artistic Administrators, General Managers, Conductors and Musicians



The Gift of Experience: 10 Things An Operations Director Must Know

In this session, two experienced senior managers focus on the critical basics of concert production from scheduling within the confines of the collective bargaining agreement, to negotiating with vendors for lighting and sound, to working with your music director and guest conductors. You’ll learn best practices for managing the stage crew, supporting your musicians, creative solutions for difficult situations, budget development and critical internal communications. This is a great session for new operations directors.

Andrew Kipe, general manager, Phoenix Symphony; Jean Parish, director of operations, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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.  


A Conversation with Thomas Zehetmair
Thomas Zehetmair, violinist, artistic partner, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean, The Juilliard School

Moderator: Patrick Castillo, director of artistic planning, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Shared session with Artistic Administrators, General Managers, Conductors and Musicians


Collective Bargaining in the Current Environment

Join George Cohen for an examination of important approaches to collective bargaining and learn about services available through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to support your orchestra’s negotiations.
George Cohen, CEO, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Introduced by: Andrew Kipe, general manager, Phoenix Symphony

Shared session with Musicians and General Managers


Optional Roundtable Session

Gather with your colleagues to share information around what’s happening in your orchestras.

Thursday, June 9th 


Social Media: Technology and Today’s Artists and Realities of Implementation

Will current audiences follow us or our artists and conductors on Twitter? Will Social Media create new listeners or audiences? Is Blogging effective for those orchestras that are doing it? Join our panel for a lively conversation on the point of it all, and tap into the varying Social Media experiences of your orchestra colleagues, artist managers, conductors and artists. We’ll consider the practical realities of artists’ concerns and questions, gaining permission from your orchestra, best approaches to creating outstanding content, and discuss the effectiveness of Blogging, Tweeting, Facebook, digital download offerings, podcasts, pre-concert audio listener guides, and more.

Aurelie Desmarais, senior director, of artistic planning, Houston Symphony Orchestra (moderator and presenter); Linda Marder, president, CM Artists New York; Matt Thueson, executive producer of digital media, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Shared session with Artistic Administrators, General Managers, Conductors and Musicians


Operations Roundtable: 2010-2011

Join orchestra colleagues for a Roundtable conversation to share successes, learn about great ideas. Continue the conversation begun with George Cohen on the topic of collective bargaining, discuss master calendaring, and find out what other orchestras are doing to create great production elements while containing costs.

Moderator: Beth Kellar-Long, orchestra operations manager, Minnesota Orchestra

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