Orchestra Leadership Academy Seminars

Tuesday, June 9

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Pops Programming: The Next Generation
This seminar will address the key question, “What will make for successful pops programming for my orchestra in 2009?” ; addressing the pops audience; orchestra versus artist-focused programs; and how to develop the pops audience into long-term patrons.

Tuesday-Wednesday, June 9-10   

Seminar for New Executive Directors: What You Need to Know Today
This seminar will explore how orchestras are structured, how they function, and what some of the pitfalls and challenges may be for executive directors in maximizing their effectiveness – particularly in the current environment.

Developing a 21st Century Public Relations Strategy for Your Orchestra in 2009
This seminar grounds participants in the basics for developing a 21st century PR strategy that employs the newest tools for responding to a challenging media environment.

Managing and Leading a Youth Orchestra
This seminar will explore the areas of leadership, programming, recruitment, retention, working with parents and adolescents, fundraising, maximizing rehearsal time, and much more.        

Wednesday, June 10 

Guidance for Governance Leaders: Navigating Your Orchestra through Troubled Times
Participants will explore best-practices in non-profit governance in today’s turbulent economy; learn how the board chair and executive director can function as true partners in navigating the challenges of the economic recession; and take a strategic look at maximizing the effectiveness and engagement of the board overall.

Developing the Top Volunteer Talent Needed to Survive and Thrive 
Participants will learn the skills necessary to recruit, leverage and retain volunteer expertise across the generations in order to survive and thrive in today’s economy.

Seminar for Women Conductors
This session will explore how women conductors can best grow artistically and advance professionally. 

Trustees as Donors: Essential Skills for a Difficult Climate
This skills-based session, will focus on the critical role of trustees in development, both as fund-raisers and advocates, and provide tangible techniques to increase effectiveness.

Benchmarking for Success: Making the Case in a Competitive Environment
This seminar is open to all with an interest in tracking the effectiveness of their programs, and will provide participants with an overview of performance measurement and an introduction to a resource to help measure successful outcomes.

Destination: Annual Fund - A Journey to Significant Annual Fund Growth
This seminar will provide the information, practical skills, and resources useful to staff, volunteers and/or donors who want to improve the effectiveness of their annual fund efforts.

Financial Management:  Strategies for Weathering the Storm
Participants will learn effective strategies for managing through the current severe recession.


Orchestra Leadership Academy seminars are made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Argosy Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Con Edison, and Target.