February 2014

February 2014
Open Cello Surgery

Phoenix Symphony musician Laurie Stearns Selby literally dissects a cello in this video of fifth graders taking part in Mind Over Music. This Phoenix Symphony program helps teachers integrate music into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts. For more on the importance of multi-disciplinary arts education, see Arts Education for America's Students, A Shared Endeavor, just released by the League, in partnership with twelve national arts and education organizations.
Incubators of Innovation

The orchestra field can be inspired by the vision, experimentation, and creativity of musician-led ensembles and innovative performers, says League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. Read more about why orchestras need entrepreneurial musicians. Photo Credit: Carrie Schneider
Youth Orchestra Partners to "Save the Music" in Public Schools

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's collaboration to restore music education in the Chula Vista Elementary School District is receiving one of two new prestigious VH1 Save The Music Foundation grants this semester, followed by four more in 2014-15. SDYS is also one of 23 orchestras strengthening communities with support from 2013-14 Getty Grants awarded by the League of American Orchestras.
Powerful New Works Reflect the Toll of War

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic are among those exploring complex themes of conflict as they connect with veterans and the public in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read coverage on this topic and more in the Winter issue of Symphony magazine.
On the Leading Edge

The League of American Orchestras is developing future orchestra leaders with the launch of the new Emerging Leaders Program. Seven orchestra administrators between the ages of 25-35 are participating in an intensive, two-year program combining on-the-job learning with strong mentoring and peer network-building opportunities. Learn more about the participants.
Did you know... Community engagement activity in America's orchestras is growing fast, with nearly three times as many events as a decade ago. Read more Quick Orchestra Facts.

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