My Conference: Youth Orchestras/College

Constituency Liaison: Jessica Balboni
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All Youth Orchestra and College Division Meetings are sponsored by Classical Movements, Inc.

Wednesday, June 16th

Meeting 1                   


Social Media: 10 Minutes a Day

Today there is a tremendous opportunity for engagement, connectivity, and a true democratization of access to classical music.  In this session we will discuss how adult and youth orchestras are using social media to effectively promote themselves and engage their constituents. 

Vince Ford, director of new media, New York Philharmonic

Session shared with Education/Community Engagement

Meeting 2


Roundtable Conversations: Music and Performance Issues

Connect with your colleagues around issues that are of interest and greatest concern to you. These roundtable discussions will focus on music and performance issues, including: 

  • Repertoire Sharing: New music for youth orchestras; standard repertoire you may not have considered; repertoire ideas for less advanced/ "feeder" orchestras.
  • Artistic Temperament:  Communication between Executive Directors and Music Directors; succession planning.
  • Recruiting & Retention: To explore the roles that repertoire selection, teacher relationships and fostering friendships among members have on recruiting and retention.
  • Member Leadership:  Many of our mission statements and marketing materials discuss our ability to develop the leaders of the future.  How can we best foster leadership qualities in young musicians?


Thursday, June 17th

Meeting 3


Cultural Citizenship:  Opportunities & Challenges

Adult and youth orchestras are asked to fulfill their institutional missions in times of tremendous cultural change and complexity. Orchestras are challenged to build on a tradition of great music-making, and to serve as cultural citizens who contribute to the overall quality of life of our citizenry, support the arts education of our children, and redefine audience to include all segments of our communities.

Join colleagues in a direct and open exchange about your institution’s “current state” in terms of its civic role and engagement.  Questions to ponder include:  What does cultural citizenship look like in action within your community and how does it compare to how it may look in other communities?  How do you know when your orchestra is a “good” citizen?  With whom do you test these assumptions and perceptions?  What steps are you taking to deepen and improve the quality of engagement with your community?  How do you begin to seek input and exchange from those in your community not already engaged with your orchestra? 


Session shared with Education/Community Engagement

Meeting 4


Annual Meeting

Join colleagues and meet new members at the Annual Meeting of the Youth Orchestra Division.  YOD business to include: voting on new guidelines; presenting slate of new officers and members; recruitment; and a host of other important issues.

Melody Welsh-Buchholz, executive director, Louisville Youth Orchestra

Friday, June 18th

Meeting 5 


Roundtable Conversations:  Management Issues
Connect with your colleagues around issues that are of interest and greatest concern to you. These roundtable discussions will focus on issues that are relative to executive director and administrators, including:

• Fundraising in a troubled economy – new and creative ways to raise funds as corporate and foundation dollars dwindle.
• E-marketing successes and challenges – discuss how the use of technology helps spread your orchestra’s message and if it really does replace paper.
• Engaging audiences beyond the families – what are successful models for increasing audiences and engaging music lovers to the youth orchestra experience?
• Successful data management tools – who uses what, and will it work for you?

Linda Onorevole Annett, executive director, New Jersey Youth Symphony