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Your donation helps ensure orchestral music remains relevant, exciting, accessible, and sustainable for years to come.

With your support, the League continues to have a positive impact on the future of orchestras in America by helping to develop the next generation of leaders, generating and disseminating critical knowledge and information, and advocating for the unique role of the orchestral experience in American life before an ever-widening group of stakeholders.

Donor Benefits

Advocates $75 - $599
$75 +

Donor recognition on the League website
Complimentary subscription to Symphony magazine and The Hub

$175 +

Advanced notice and early registration for select special events
Access to League’s Employment Opportunities website

$300 +

Special gift

Loyal Supporters $600 - $999
$600 +

Invitation to League Donor Appreciation Reception at League National Conference
Donor recognition in Symphony magazine

National Friends of the League $1,000 - $4,999
$1,000 +

Invitation to League Donor Appreciation Dinner at League National Conference

$2,500 +

One complimentary seminar at League National Conference
Invitation to a private hosted event

National Council $5,000 - $24,999
$5,000 +

One complimentary League National Conference registration

$10,000 +

Two complimentary seminars at League National Conference

Chairman’s Circle $25,000 +
$25,000 +

Complimentary League National Conference registrations for
up to six people from your orchestra

Please note that for all donor levels benefits are cumulative and include all that are listed previously.

 

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Emerging Leaders Program

2014-15 Emerging Leaders Participants (inaugural class)

Congratulations to the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program class:
Caleb Bailey, Jennifer Behr, Nicholas Cohen, Bradley Evans, Yoo-Jin Hong,
and Rebecca Zabinski.

Check back in March for 2016 application information.

The six leaders work in all areas of orchestra administration, including artistic, development, education and community engagement, and operations.

Caleb Bailey
Orchestra Manager
Lincoln Symphony
Orchestra
(Lincoln, NE)

 

Jennifer Behr
Individual Giving Manager
Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra
(Jacksonville, FL)

 

Nicholas Cohen
General Manager,
OrchKids and
Baltimore Symphony
Youth Orchestras
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

         

Bradley Evans
Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager
San Francisco Symphony

 

Yoo-Jin Hong
Director of Civic Orchestra
and Training Programs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

Rebecca Zabinski
Manager,
Artistic Administration
Houston Symphony


About the Emerging Leaders Program

The League’s Emerging Leaders Program is an intensive, two-year program combining on-the-job learning with strong mentoring and peer network-building opportunities.

The prestigious program was created to develop future orchestra leaders. Participants are selected based on their potential to significantly impact the orchestra field as future leaders, as well as their ability to make an even greater contribution to the organization they currently serve.

Facilitated by John McCann, a national expert in executive training, the Emerging Leaders Program offers frequent in-person meetings at the League’s New York City offices; the chance to jointly curate content at the League’s National Conference; and a group visit to other organizations. In addition, participants work with designated mentors both at their home orchestras and outside the field, and also receive financial resources to address personalized professional-development needs.

The curriculum addresses developing participants’ leadership capacity in high-stress environments, balancing priorities, conflict resolution, internal and external relations, governance practice, the evolving art form, and cross-cultural competency.

The Emerging Leaders Program is the next chapter in the League’s history of distinguished executive leadership programs for American orchestras. These programs have included the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Executive Leadership Programs, Institutional Vision and Critical Issues programs, and Essentials of Orchestra Management, among others, as well the League’s National Conference, and a host of career development, learning, and grant opportunities for composers, conductors, board development and governance, orchestra volunteers, and all other League member constituents.

The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc.,
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions? Contact Ken Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 grant recipients!  

Twenty-two orchestras from across the United States have been selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants.

Intended to help stimulate growth and excellence in education and community engagement programming, the grants will fund orchestras’ long-term in-school and after-school music programs with social development components, as well as orchestras’ health and wellness programs for populations including hospital patients, people with developmental disabilities, homeless mothers, and the families and healthcare providers of these groups.

A total of $425,000 was awarded for this year’s grants, the fourth year of the $2 million re-granting program made possible by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The orchestras, encompassing a full range of budget sizes, will receive individual grants ranging from $15,000 to $27,500 for a variety of community-based programs taking place during the 2015-16 season. A prerequisite for qualifying orchestras was the existence of partnerships with local community or social service organizations.

Read the press release here.

View recipient program descriptions here.

The 2015-2016 grant recipients are:

Long-term In-School Partnership Programs and After-School Educational Programs

  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD, for OrchKids
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX, for Tocando

 

 Health and Wellness

For more information, write to Ken Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants are made possible by a generous grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

eBooks

Building the Governance Partnership: The Chief Executive's Guide to Getting the Best from the Board, Second Edition

       

A BoardSource eBook

In a constructive partnership with the board, the chief executive works hard to provide leadership that engages the board in exceptional governance — work that requires a lot of time and energy. Building the Governance Partnership offers practical tips and perspectives to help you manage this considerable investment of time and build a partnership with your board that is based on support, trust, honesty, forthrightness, respect, and understanding. Within its pages, you'll learn how to work for, work with, and work the board. And while it is time-consuming work, the rewards — the success of both you and your organization — are worth the effort.

You'll learn how to

  • establish the board culture that is right for your organization
  • practice self-management and cultivate relationships
  • inform and communicate with the board
  • facilitate a balance in roles and responsibilities
  • structure the board's work
  • plan for transitions

Each chapter ends with short essays written by a nonprofit chief executive and a board chair. These unique perspectives provide a personal touch to the topics covered.

Free to League members. Register here.


Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Second Edition

A BoardSource eBook

Board members must ensure that their organization has adequate resources. One
way they can do that is by being active in fundraising activities. This book shows
board members how to support fundraising efforts, no matter the size of the organization.
It explains strategies, offers guidelines for evaluating the results of efforts,
and recommends helpful ways that board members can be involved every step of the way.

Free to League Members. Register here.

 


The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition

    

A BoardSource eBook

Good boards do not just happen: they take care, thought, and planning. The second edition of this must-have bestseller features nine steps for your board to follow through the board development process, including:

  • identifying, cultivating, and recruiting prospective board members
  • orienting new board members
  • encouraging board members to become more active
  • educating the board about the organization’s work and context
  • rotating out board members to make room for new skills and insights
  • engaging the board in a self-evaluation
  • celebrating the board’s victories and successes

This book is intended not only for organizations where the board is charged with selecting its own members but also for organizations where the authority to appoint new board members rests elsewhere. Also included is downloadable content containing forms, worksheets, sample documents, and a PowerPoint® presentation for orienting new board members.

Free to League members. Register here.


ePolicy Sampler – Ethics and Accountability

    

A BoardSource eBook

BoardSource offers Downloadable Policy Samplers in 10 different topic areas to help you create specific policies for your organization. Each Downloadable Policy Sampler covers several subtopics and includes an introduction to the subtopic area, key elements, practical tips, suggested resources, and several dozen sample policies.


The Ethics and Accountability Sampler includes 46 samples on the following:

  1. Mission and Vision
  2. Values
  3. Code of Ethics
  4. Diversity Statement
  5. Conflicts of Interest
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Whistleblower Protection
  8. Record Retention and Document Destruction

Free to League members. Register here.

 

Orchestras Feeding America

Check back in early March for registration materials!

Over the past seven years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 450 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 475,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how and why orchestras are so necessary to their communities, beyond providing amazing music.

About Orchestras Feeding America:

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in an unprecedented coordinated effort by collecting and donating food to their local food assistance agency or food bank within Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks and 63,000 agencies. Since then, 425 League member orchestras have participated in the annual effort.

Orchestras Feeding America was inspired by the film The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., and directed by Joe Wright. The DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures presentation, in association with Studio Canal and Participant Media, was based on the true story of the relationship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player whose mental illness landed him among the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Soloist is a testament to the redemptive power of music and a reminder of our connections to the most vulnerable among us.

“The story of The Soloist reminds us that classical music has the power to sustain spirits and change lives, even under the most difficult circumstances,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Our team effort with Feeding America and The Soloist gives America’s orchestras a way to use that power to make an even greater difference in our communities – to feed both body and soul.”

Read the launch press release here.

Questions? Contact Rachelle Schlosser: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Applications for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony May 10-11, 2016 in Nashville, are now closed. Please check back soon for information about attending the Preview.

Note: For information the Conducting Masterclass with Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the League’s 2016 National Conference in Baltimore, click here.

Participants will be notified no later than January 31, 2016.

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is a prestigious showcase of talented conductors poised for music directorships and staff conducting positions of American orchestras.

Over two days, up to six participants will conduct sessions with the Nashville Symphony in their home at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN under the guidance of the Nashville Symphony's Music Director and 2001 Preview participant, Giancarlo Guerrero. Industry professionals including orchestra executives, artistic administrators, artist managers, and music director search committees will be invited to attend orchestra sessions and meet participants.

The program will culminate with a final public performance which—for the first time—will be video recorded and made available online following the event.

Applications for the Bruno Walter Conductor Preview are now closed. Questions? Contact James Barry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

See past participants.


About the Preview

Since 1995, the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, a program of the League of American Orchestras, has been the premier showcase for talented conductors in America. To date, 81 conductors have been featured through competitive selection, and more than 50 orchestras have engaged these conductors for various appointments as a direct result of the Preview. Past participants have included Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas; Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta; Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency; and Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic.

The 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by a generous gift from Martha Rivers Ingram.

Additional support is provided by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Emerging conductors in action!

The 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview was held in Jacksonville, Florida on March 13, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Below, read bios of 2013's featured conductors and read the agenda from the event.

Featured 2013 Conductors

   
Joshua Gersen
Bio
  Keitaro Harada
Bio
  Gavriel Heine
Bio
         
   
Vladimir Kulenovic
Bio
  Sameer Patel
Bio
  Benjamin Rous
Bio

 


Past Participants

2013
Joshua Gersen
Keitaro Harada
Gavriel Heine
Vladimir Kulenovic
Sameer Patel
Benjamin Rous

2011
Yaniv Dinur
Christopher James Lees
Marcelo Lehninger
Sean Newhouse
Robert Treviño
Joseph Young

2009
Alondra de la Parra
Jeffrey Grogan
Ken Lam
Laura Jackson
Kynan Johns
Carolyn Kuan
Jonathan McPhee
Alexander Platt

2007
David Charles Abell
Mikhail Agrest
Mikael Ayetisyan
Andrew Constatine
Kayoko Dan
Paul Haas
Jaime Morales-Matos
Jean Phillipe-Tremblay

2005
Dante Anzolini
Darko Butorac
Christopher Chen
Jeffrey Domoto
Shizuo Kuwahara
Morihiko Nakahara
Kenneth Raskin
Peter Rubardt

2003
James Allen Anderson
Mei-Ann Chen
Daniel Meyer
Leo Najar
Scott O'Neil
Byung-Hyun Rhee
Mischa Santora
Allen Tinkham

2001
Stephen W. Alltop
Giancarlo Guerrero
Timothy J. Hankewich
Jeffrey Pollock
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Andrews Sill

1999
Susan Haig
Karen Nixon
Francisco Noya
Brian Stone
Alastair Willis
Christopher Zimmerman

1997
Robert Franz
Delta David Gier
Shinik Hahm
Jung-Ho Pak
Edward Polochick
Lucas Richman
Mariusz Smolij
Susan Davenny Wyner

1996
Zane Dalal
Niel DePonte
Grant Gershon
Jeffrey Goldberg
Steven Smith
Markand Thakar
Yaron Traub
Lara Webber
Peter Stafford Wilson

1995
Daniel Hege
Mark Mandarano
Alexander Platt
Scott Speck
Ya-Hui Wang
Richard Westerfield
Dorian Wilson

Conducting Masterclass with
Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Applications for the Conducting Masterclass with Marin Alsop and the BSO at the League’s National Conference,
June 11, 2016 in Baltimore, are now closed.

Note: For information about the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony,
May 10-11, 2016, click here
.

Participants will be notified no later than January 31, 2016.

During the League’s 2016 National Conference, BSO music director Marin Alsop will lead a Conducting Masterclass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD. On June 11, 2016, up to six participants will conduct one orchestra session with the BSO and have the opportunity to attend Conference sessions, conductor meetings, and networking events (running from June 9-11, 2016).

 

Photo Credit: Grant Leighton

Click here for information on becoming a League member.

Questions? Contact James Barry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is a new program supporting orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. This work takes place in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income/at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as member of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.

The program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards, which will include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to their home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.

The awardees and their orchestras will be publicly announced and receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, 2016. Musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation and separate webinar, providing the orchestra field opportunities to learn from their experience.

The League of American Orchestras is now accepting awards candidate nominations from member orchestras. Nominations are due on February 9, 2016.

Participants will be notified in April, 2016.

To download the awards guidelines, click here.

To download the nomination letter of understanding, click here.

To access the online application portal, click here.

Questions? Contact Mi Ryung Song at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service mark the League’s second partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was previously the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.

Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

The next Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview will be held in May 2016. More information including the application guidelines will be announced to all conductor members of the League and posted here by November 5, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Mi Ryung Song at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Emerging conductors in action!

The 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview was held in Jacksonville, Florida on March 13, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Below, read bios of 2013's featured conductors and read the agenda from the event.

Check back here for updates regarding submissions for the 2016 preview!

Featured Conductors

   
Joshua Gersen
Bio
  Keitaro Harada
Bio
  Gavriel Heine
Bio
         
   
Vladimir Kulenovic
Bio
  Sameer Patel
Bio
  Benjamin Rous
Bio

 

 

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by a generous grant from The Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation.