Orchestra Leadership Academy Seminars (2)

Orchestra Leadership Academy offers seminars that cover topics of interest related to orchestra boards, staff, musicians, and volunteers to enhance the institutional strength of orchestras and to improve orchestra leadership.

Orchestra Leadership Academy Seminars in association with Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Design Thinking: The Art of Being Customer Focused                                                                                                       
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, and Sunday, January 27, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Organizations of all kinds are putting significant effort toward improving their customers’ overall experience. They are taking their cue from businesses like Continuum and IDEO, and figuring out how to create better products and experiences for their customers in low risk/low cost ways. This interesting, eye-opening workshop will introduce you to design thinking and why it’s important for your orchestra. We will:

  • Discuss the difference between design thinking vs. a traditional business approach, and why it’s important
  • Understand the design thinking process
  • Build a Customer Journey Map so you can actually experience and feel what your patrons do
  • Dive into Prototyping and understand why it’s critical to the process
  • Shift your organizational thinking from looking for the “magic bullet” to continuous incremental  innovation
  • Apply design thinking to your orchestra


  William Pasmore
professor, Teachers College, Columbia
University; senior vice president and
organizational practice leader, Center
for Creative Leadership
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          Dan Buchner

director, Innovation, Center for Creative
Leadership; former vice president of
Organizational innovation, Continuum,
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Location: League of American Orchestras, 33 West 60th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10023

Governance Teamwork: A Seminar for Early Tenure Board Chairs & Executive Leaders                                                                   
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, and Sunday, January 27, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Good governance is essential and is most effective when the board leader and executive leader are equally informed and committed to it. 

This seminar, designed for Group 3-8 orchestras, invites board leader and executive director teams to spend time together in a carefully focused seminar setting, where we will explore how the two leaders can reinforce each other and provide consistent support to the governance process.

The seminar is open only to duos – you must attend together—and is particularly designed for a newly formed team, i.e., where either, or both, the board or executive leader are within their first 18 months of service in their orchestra leadership role.

The seminar will provide: 

  • An overview of best practices in nonprofit governance overall
  • Exploration of orchestra-specific issues (like music director and musician expectations and relationships)
  • Guidance around maximizing effectiveness in the board leader/executive director dynamic
  • Time to get to know to know your leadership partner better and develop a governance game plan to take home
  • Time to meet peers and share your orchestra’s specific issues or challenges in a safe and collegial environment, facilitated by orchestra and governance experts



Cate Moye
past president, board of directors,
Spokane Symphony; board member,
League of American Orchestras

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Lowell J. Noteboom
nonprofit  governance author and
facilitator; chair, League of American
Orchestras; former board chair, The
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
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Alan Valentine
president & CEO, Nashville Symphony  

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Location: New York Barclay, 111 East 48th Street, New York, NY, 10017

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