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75th Anniversary Stories
75th Anniversary Stories
Catch our board chair and others describing what the organization means to them. Check back here as more videos will be added.
Douglas Hagerman on How Orchestras Benefit from Membership in the League
Douglas M. Hagerman, incoming chair of the League of American Orchestras and past-chair of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, shares his thoughts on how orchestras benefit from membership in the League.
Aaron Flagg on Why the League is Essential
Aaron Flagg, D.M.A., Chair & Associate Director, Julliard Jazz Studies, The Julliard School; Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras, speaks about the importance of the League of American Orchestras.
Alan Valentine Wishes the League a Happy Anniversary
Alan Valentine, President and CEO, Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Brenda Marie Turney, Alumni, League's Essentials of Orchestra Management
Sara Mummey on How the League Creates a Community, Helping Orchestra Constituents Connect and Create Peer Groups
Sara Mummey, Executive Director, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras
Alan Jordan on how the League brings orchestras from across the country together to work towards common goals
Alan Jordan, Executive Director, Delaware Symphony Orchestra
75th Anniversary Testimonials
"Our first participation in a conference was in Washington, D.C. I went with our orchestra treasurer and his wife. It was an eye opening experience that gave us the tools to increase our funding, improve our administrative team, engage more volunteers, and raise our musical standard. We are very appreciative of the work of the League in supporting orchestras throughout the country, even smaller community orchestras like ours. Wishing the League a very productive 75th anniversary,"
Sara Penny, Past President, Orchestra of Southern Utah
"Earlier this Fall, our organization got word that our Executive Director was one of 11 people picked to be in the League's Emerging Leaders program. Having a staff of 3 and one of them being picked to represent us in this way brought so much joy and confidence to our organization. We are in the midst of finding our new Maestro/Music Director and getting that recognition from the League showed us that we are amongst a greater team of people who are passionate about music and the importance of it in our day and age."
Rachel Hansen, Director of Marketing and Special Events, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
"The League has been a wonderful resource for the Central Ohio Symphony. Not only it its meetings, resources and industry information and defining trends, but also the extraordinary opportunity to develop and support programs of change in our community. Two projects in particular stand out, the first being the Ford Made in America program and being awarded a residency Joseph Schwantner for Chasing Light… That experience changed way we interact and defined a new mission for the Symphony in our community. The second were the Getty Education and Community Investment grants. We were awarded three for a groundbreaking program of therapeutic drumming in the local court system. It has brought tremendous good to those in need, recognition to our organization and lead to our presenting at several League national conferences."
Warren Hyer, Executive Director, Central Ohio Symphony
The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program
Notice: The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants program will conclude after 2015-16 grants. Beginning 2016-17, the League is launching an expanded grantmaking program called American Orchestras' Futures Fund supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Learn more about the Futures Fund here.
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.
The 2015-2016 grant recipients are:
Long-term In-School Partnership Programs and After-School Educational Programs
- Allentown Symphony Orchestra, PA, for El Sistema Lehigh Valley
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD, for OrchKids
- El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX, for Tocando
- Empire State Youth Orchestras, NY, for CHIME: Creating Harmony Invigorating Music Education
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, IN, for Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
- Juneau Symphony for Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM)
- Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, MI, for Kalamazoo Kids in Tune
- Kidznotes, NC
- Los Angeles Philharmonic, CA, for Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA)
- New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project)
- New West Symphony, CA, for New West Symphony Harmony Project
- Orchestra of St. Luke’s, NY, for Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL)
- San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, CA, for Community Opus Project
- Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, WA, for SYSO in the Schools
- Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, CT, for Bravo Waterbury!
- Yakima Symphony Orchestra, WA, for Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA)
Health and Wellness
- The Grand Rapids Symphony, MI, for Music for Health
- Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, TN, for KSO Music and Wellness
- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, for Soul Strings
- Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, CT, for RSO/SPHERE Partnership
- Seattle Symphony, WA, for Lullaby Project
- The Phoenix Symphony, AZ, for The B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Alzheimer’s Expansion Initiative
The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants are made possible by a generous grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Are you taking advantage of the very best resources on board governance and fundraising? They're free to League members!
In order to serve you effectively, the League partners with groups such as BoardSource, a highly respected national organization that is the go-to resource on nonprofit boards. Through this partnership, League members have free access to BoardSource publications on a rotating basis. All BoardSource publications are succinct yet authoritative guides to best practice and current thinking.
The new titles now available for League members to download are:
Boardroom Chemistry: Getting Your Board to Govern as a Team (Normally $30.00 – preview)
The Board Chair Handbook, Third Edition (Normally $45.00 – preview)
Each chapter ends with a list of Board Chair’s Reminders—key tasks to help you do your job effectively. Appendix 1 provides a summary of these lists. Appendix 2 lists the twelve principles of exceptional governance found in The Source (BoardSource, 2005).
Getting on Board with Effective Orientation (Normally $30.00 – preview)
These 2018 videos are the first in a series from the League of American Orchestras made possible by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
They offer speed learning—quick takes on concepts essential to the effective board governance of orchestras.
If you’d like to learn more about orchestra governance, be sure to check out the many resources online in the League of American Orchestras Noteboom Governance Center, especially the concise, authoritative guide, Effective Orchestra Governance, upon which these videos are based.
5 Ways to Activate Your Orchestra Board (4 minutes)
Evaluating the Orchestra CEO and Music Director (4 minutes)
If you’d like to learn more about orchestra governance, be sure to check out the many resources on the League of American Orchestras Noteboom Governance Center.
Emerging Leaders Program
Congratulations to our 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program class:
Nora Brady, Benjamin Cadwallader, Susan Lape, Elisabeth Madeja, David Renfro, Kathryn Rudolph, Amanda Stringer, Jodi Weisfield, and Randy Wong.
The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program is a ten-month leadership program offering mentoring with top leaders in the field, one-on-one coaching, in-depth seminars with leadership experts, and peer network-building opportunities.
Viewed by the field as one of the best sources of identifying talented administrators with great leadership potential, the program is the flagship of the League’s leadership development offerings. Participants are selected through a competitive application process, and are chosen based on their potential to make significant contributions to their orchestras and to the field as a whole.
Program participants take part in both in-person and virtual seminars; this year’s class will culminate with a joint presentation at the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 National Conference in Detroit. Renowned leadership development expert John McCann is the lead faculty and facilitator of the Emerging Leaders Program.
Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2016-17:
The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview
Applications are now closed for the League of American Orchestras' 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview
Hosted by the Nashville Symphony
Check back soon for details about the event, including participating conductors
About the League's 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview
Since 1995, The League's Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview has showcased 85 conductors, with more than 50 orchestras engaging participants in conductor/music director appointments as a direct result.
Selected conductors will rehearse a 20-minute program of contrasting musical selections, culminating in a free public concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This concert performance will be streamed live, then promoted to industry professionals and the general public. It will be posted online for 45 days.
Participants will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals in attendance and to receive feedback and mentorship by Nashville Symphony musicians and Maestro Guerrero, an alumni of the 2001 Preview. Up to six conductors will be selected.
Past participants include 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; and Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic.
- All conductors with professional League memberships in good standing are welcome to apply. Not a member? Join now.
- Applicants are beyond student/conservatory education, with a minimum of two years paid professional work with an orchestra.
- Applicants are committed to a career in service to American orchestras.
- Applicants are prepared for a staff conducting and/or music directorship position in a major American orchestra.
- Without exception, applicants will be available to participate for the Preview’s entire duration. Selected conductors are required to arrive Monday, April 2, 2018.
- Selected participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
- Complete the online application form
- Conducting video samples
- Pay $75 application fee
To download a PDF copy of the application guidelines, click here.
The 2018 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.
Videos: The League's Ford Musicians in Action
Videos from our 2017 Ford Musician Awardees
Five orchestra musicians (pictured left to right: Diane McElfish Helle, Peter Zlotnick, Eunsoon Lee-Corliss, Mark Dix, and Michael Gordon) received Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras.
The League program celebrates orchestra musicians and the inspirational 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 members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to orchestral music.
Read the press release here and click below for videos showing each musician in action.
Mark Dix, Viola, The Phoenix Symphony (AZ)
Michael Gordon, Principal Flute, Kansas City Symphony (MO)
Diane McElfish Helle, Violin, Grand Rapids Symphony (MI)
Eunsoon Lee-Corliss, Assistant Principal Violist, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN)
Peter Zlotnick, Education Manager/Principal Timpani, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (NC)
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
2017 marks the second year of 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.