Symphony: Summer 2018

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Check out the latest issue of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, online and in print—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 each article in this issue, with links to websites in the articles as well as to advertisers.


scoreThe Score

News and updates from across the orchestra field. In this issue: musicians of the Utah Symphony head to Haiti to take part in the country’s National Orchestra Institute; incoming leaders at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; San Antonio Symphony starts a financial rebound; new resources and databases spotlight thousands of women composers.


Tuning Up for Diversity

How the new National Alliance for Audition Support aims to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at American orchestras by expanding the numbers of emerging Black and Latinx musicians. The program is the result of a partnership among the League of American Orchestras, Sphinx Organization, and New World Symphony.



Critical Questions

League President and CEO Jesse Rosen reflects on the big changes underway in the artistic work of orchestras—with musicians leading the charge.



At the League

Ongoing activities by the League of American Orchestras support composers and conductors, help smooth international travel for musicians, underwrite innovative projects at smaller-budget and youth orchestras, honor musicians’ community service, and more.



Board Room

How orchestras are working toward true diversity in the board room.




Remembering José Antonio Abreu

Personal recollections from those who knew and worked with the late José Antonio Abreu (1939-2018), founder of Venezuela’s influential El Sistema social-action program, which uses music education as its centerpiece.



Shifting into Gear

The 2018 Shift Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C. showcased orchestras in the concert hall—and beyond.



Symphonic Statements

Orchestras and composers are responding to world events with new scores and provocative programming. And in today’s political climate, older works sometimes take on unexpected resonance. 



In Chicago We Trust

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti is known worldwide. So why are he and CSO musicians making music for inmates in detention centers? It’s all part of the orchestra’s goal to connect with communities throughout its hometown.


rethinkingRethinking Subscriptions

How are orchestras adapting their subscriptions to appeal to today’s consumers? A follow-up to the League’s 2015 “Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model” study.




of American Orchestras Annual Fund






codaThe League at 75: The Human Connection

For 75 years, the League of American Orchestras has been bringing people together.





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