Symphony: Spring 2018

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Check out the latest issue of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, online—with all the great articles, news, interviews, and photos you’ve come to expect.

Full Magazine


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Individual Articles, Features, and More

Click below to read, print, or download sharable PDFs of the articles from this issue, with links to websites in the articles as well as to advertisers.



News and updates from across the orchestra field. In this issue: the National Alliance for Audition Support, a new initiative from the League and partners, aims to increase diversity in orchestras; keeping up with composer Jennifer Higdon; remembering El Sistema founder José Antonio Abreu; leadership changes at orchestras. 



Letter to the Editor

At the Bandung Philharmonic in Indonesia, diversity and inclusion inform every concert and repertoire choice, says Music Director Robert Nordling.



Board Room

It is time for nonprofit boards to deal with allegations and reports of sexual misconduct. Guidelines and best practices from BoardSource President and CEO Anne Wallestad.



Conference Preview

How can orchestras create the greatest impact in today’s rapidly changing world? Find out at the League’s National Conference, hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, June 13 to 15.




Notes on the Go

Tech is changing the way we interact with music in the concert hall, especially when it comes to program notes. And yes, there’s an app for that.




Crowdsourcing a Symphony

Composers and orchestras are gathering artistic input directly from the public to crowdsource new scores, with far-reaching results. Crowdsourced symphonies require frequent, in-depth interactions among composer, orchestra, and community in ways that are rewriting the rules for new works.



Destination: Music

Experiencing music outdoors can make you hear it in a completely different way. A look at summer music festivals where music-making and a sense of place intersect.




Summer Festivals 2018

From Arkansas to Wyoming and beyond, a guide to what’s on this summer, featuring League of American Orchestras business partners. 





Conserving Endangered Wood, Advocating for Orchestras and Musicians

Though well intended, recent regulations to conserve wood used in some instruments made travel for orchestras and musicians nearly impossible. Action by the League and partners now protects wildlife and smooths the way for orchestras and musicians.



League of American Orchestras Annual Fund






codaFrom the Archives: The League at 75

As the League celebrates its 75th anniversary, we share a sampling of outstanding moments in its history. Here, a gallery of photos from the League’s Conference over the years.



Happy reading! Look for the Summer 2018 issue, coming soon.

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