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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.

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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 +

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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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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.

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


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

BoardSource e-books

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
The Board Chair Handbook, Third Edition
Getting on Board with Effective Orientation

Boardroom Chemistry: Getting Your Board to Govern as a Team (Normally $30.00 – preview)

Every board struggles with group dynamics — the ways in which individual board members interact with each other and function (or don't) as an effective team. Successful boards have figured out how to make the most of the various relationships (chief executive to board, board chair to board, and board member to board member) so that the work of the board assumes greater importance than any individual or relationship. But, it's not easy. That's why BoardSource created Boardroom Chemistry: Getting Your Board to Govern as a Team. This book contains 24 tools designed to help your board function more effectively by focusing on the following:

  • Board composition (and the role played by board size and diversity)
  • Board structure (such as term limits and how structure can enhance or inhibit teambuilding)
  • Cultural and behavioral barriers (and how to understand and overcome them)
  • Ways to engage detached board members
  • Decision-making and other meeting practices
  • Listening skills (and how to develop them) and use them to resolve conflicts


The Board Chair Handbook, Third Edition (Normally $45.00 – preview)

This book is organized into three sections:

  • The Foundation: Building Individual Capacity (Part I) focuses on preparing to take on the tasks and responsibilities of the board chair, beginning with an exploration of the personal decision to accept the job and covering roles, relationships, and skills.
  • The Journey: Optimizing the Work of the Board (Part II) deals with the application of strong leadership and sound governance practices with a focus on board process and board tasks.
  • The Finale: Creating Endings and New Beginnings (Part III) addresses how to prepare for the end of your term as board chair, the importance of closure, and answering, “What’s next?”

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)

Congratulations! You’ve recruited talented and eager board members. Your work is done—or is it? New board members should not be left on their own to figure out what to do next. By putting them through an effective orientation program, you will strengthen your board and empower your entire organization. Board members who are oriented properly are more knowledgeable about governing and better prepared to oversee your nonprofit’s strategic direction, allowing you to make the best use of their expertise. In this book you’ll find proven advice and practical tips, along with questions to stimulate board discussion around important orientation topics. The 34 tools address the benefits of orientation, the governance committee’s role, what to include in an orientation manual, the benefits of mentoring, individual board member responsibilities, ways to create regular opportunities for board education, and many more issues about board orientation. The toolkit also provides samples of a board member letter of agreement, an agenda for an orientation retreat, and the contents of a board orientation manual.





Governance Videos

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.


Orchestras Feeding America

Read more: Orchestras Feeding America

Orchestras Feeding America

Read more: Orchestras Feeding America

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.

Read the press announcement.

Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2016-17:


Nora Brady
Associate Director, Sales and Marketing
Los Angeles Philharmonic


Benjamin Cadwallader
Executive Director
Vermont Symphony Orchestra


Susan Lape
Executive Director
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras


Elisabeth Madeja
Director of Marketing
Chicago Symphony Orchestra


David Renfro
Director of Operations
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra


Kathryn Rudolph
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Jacksonville Symphony


Amanda Stringer
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra


Jodi Weisfield
Vice President of Development
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra


Randy Wong
Executive Director
Hawaii Youth Symphony


Click here for information on the 2015-16 class of the Emerging Leaders Program.

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.

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

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
Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director
April 3-4, 2018

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

Application Procedure

  • Complete the online application form
    • Resume
    • Conducting video samples
  • Pay $75 application fee 

To download a PDF copy of the application guidelines, click here.

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

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)


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