My Conference: Conductors

Constituency Liaison: Sam Orleans
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Wednesday, June 16th


Open Rehearsal for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra School of Composers Concert on Friday afternoon

Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center           
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, Conductor
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
eighth blackbird

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Shared with Artistic Administrators, Musicians, and Publishers

[Women Conductors may have elected to register for the Orchestra Leadership Academy seminar “Women Conductors: Developing Yourself as a Leader”. If so, seminar participants will be able to go over to Woodruff following the seminar to attend the luncheon.]



Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center   

Lunch sponsored by Sciolino Artist Management

Robert Spano, music director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; John Sparrow, vice president of orchestra initiatives and general manager, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Shared with Artistic Administrators, Musicians, and Publishers

Thursday, June 17th

Meeting 3


Digital Rights: Recording and Broadcast Agreements
The constantly changing world of electronic media distribution and consumption is mandating that orchestral music content creators – including conductors, soloists, musicians, agents, composers, and publishers – pursue collaborative, creative, and non-traditional ways to address rights, financial modeling, and product distribution. This session will frame different approaches to bringing the various groups together to set shared electronic media goals and strategies, and streamline processes for implementing the electronic media projects successfully.

Jonathan Brill, executive vice president, manager, artists and conductors, Opus 3 Artists; Joe Kluger, electronic media consultant; Robert Levine, principal viola, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; John Sparrow, vice president of orchestra initiatives and general manager, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Session shared with Artistic Administrators, Musicians, General Managers, Operations, Artist Managers, and Publishers

Meeting 4


Career Development Discussion

Bring your questions and perspectives for an informal conversation with Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras, Peter Pastreich, former Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony and current executive director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and David Alan Miller, music director, Albany Symphony Orchestra.

David Alan Miller, music director, Albany Symphony Orchestra; Peter Pastreich, executive director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras

Friday, June 18th

Meeting 5


Partnerships Among Composers and Orchestras: Programming Strategies for Engaging Composers and New Music
Following on the heels of “The Atlanta School” perspective and organized in conjunction with League Publisher members, this session will further explore the partnerships forged between composers, conductors and orchestras through effective residencies and other initiatives designed by orchestras to engage living composers in their communities.  Panelists will explore how orchestras large and small have expanded programming and built excitement among audiences through direct contact with creators.  What do orchestras and composers want out of such partnerships and how do the right matches get made?  What factors contribute to an effective partnership and what do not?     

Joana Carneiro, music director, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra; Ed Harsh, Meet The Composer; Norman Ryan, vice president-composers & repertoire, Schott Music Corp & European American Music Dist LLC; Chad Smith, vice president of artistic planning, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Steven Stucky, composer

Session shared with Artistic Administrators, Musicians, and Publishers

Additional support for this session has been provided by the Music Publishers’ Association of the United States

Saturday, June 19th


Mozart Requiem Masterclass with Robert Spano and Norman Mackenzie
Grand Hyatt  Atlanta in Buckhead, Grand Ballroom

Join Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, along with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus and ensemble of ASO musicians, as they work with the League’s American Conducting Fellows Philip Mann and Tito Muñoz and Chorus America’s Conducting Fellows Jason W. Harris and Catherine Sailer.

Bussing will be provided, and busses will leave from the Conference hotel (Hyatt Regency) at 9:45am

Shared with Artistic Administrators

Sponsored by Wenger Corporation