Toni M. Robinson
Director of Operations
Years in current position: 3.5
Years in the field: 4+
B.A. Music, minor in political science
M.A. Arts Administration
Having a law degree has been helpful, just through the knowledge I gained, although I am not legal counsel to the orchestra. Having the education has especially helped with artist contracts and labor unions.
Graduate Assistant, Indiana University African American Arts Institute
Assistant to the Director of Education and Operations, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Operations Managerm, Louisville Orchestra
What are the most surprising, interesting or challenging aspects of your day-to-day work?
There’s constant change and new challenges. Orchestras are way busier than I ever could have imagined.
What inspired you to work for an orchestra?
Being a musician all my life, it was the one career that fit my artistic and business interests.
What were your first steps toward an orchestra career?
Networking is the first step. Getting to know people in the field, interning, and learning as much as you can.
What advice would you offer to someone considering the orchestra field?
Definitely intern in an arts organization. The non-profit field has unique challenges and it definitely takes the right kind of person.
Any other advice?
Utilize the League for assistance in networking, especially during the National Conferences. Take advantage of workshops they offer.