Schedule

For a quick overview of Conference, see our Schedule at a Glance.

For a complete listing of exhibitors and sponsors and a daily schedule of events, see the Conference Booklet.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Foundations of Collective Bargaining (Part 1 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:00 pm 5:30 pm $120

Location: Galena
4th Floor

This seminar, which is open to League orchestra members only, continues on Wednesday, June 8 from 9:00am – 6:00pm and on Thursday, June 9 from 8:00am – 12:30pm.

Declining subscription rates, reduced corporate donations, and increasing competition for consumer entertainment spending are all contributing to the growing complexity of collective bargaining negotiations in the performing arts. The last 18 months, for example, have seen significant challenges […]

Faculty: Joshua Flax, commissioner, FMCS-Boston, Massachusetts; Christy Yoshitomi, mediator, FMCS-Baltimore, Maryland

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Foundations of Collective Bargaining (Part 2 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:00 am 6:00 pm $120

Location: Kent A
4th Floor

This seminar continues on Thursday, June 9 from 8:00am – 12:30pm.

Note: Attendance prerequisite – Participants must have registered for and attended Part 1.

Declining subscription rates, reduced corporate donations, and increasing competition for consumer entertainment spending are all contributing to the growing complexity of collective bargaining negotiations in the performing arts. The last 18 months, for example, have seen significant challenges […]

Faculty: Joshua Flax, commissioner, FMCS-Boston, Massachusetts; Christy Yoshitomi, mediator, FMCS- Baltimore, MD

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:00 pm 7:00 pm

Location: Harborside Ballroom
4th Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration area.

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Education and Community Engagement (EDCE) Pre-Conference Convening

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:30 pm 6:30 pm $75
$95 non-member

This year’s conference will focus on diversity, particularly as it relates to increasing the involvement of members of underrepresented communities in all aspects of our orchestras—on stage, in the board room and the executive offices, and in the audience. This half-day convening, for all those interested in orchestras’ education and community engagement efforts, will be held at a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids site. Using OrchKids (the nation’s largest El Sistema-inspired program) as a case study, we’ll observe two ensembles in action[…]

Price includes transportation to offsite location.

Please note that the convening begins at 1:00pm and ends at 6:00pm. Transportation to the offsite location will begin at 12:30pm and will return at 6:30pm.

Speakers: Carol Bogash, vice president, education and community development, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc; Camille Delaney-McNeil, site coordinator, Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School, OrchKids; Ayanna Hudson, arts education director, National Endowment for the Arts; Dennie Palmer Wolf, principal, WolfBrown; Dan Trahey, artistic director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

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Seminar for New Executive Directors (Part 1 of 2)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 1:00 pm 6:00 pm $360
$450 Non-member

Location: Galena
4th Floor

This seminar continues on Thursday, June 9 from 8:00am – 12:30pm.

You’re a new executive director, in your first few years on the job, or about to become one. Not only are you navigating your way as the new CEO, but you are expected to be proficient in virtually every area of management, from fundraising and finance to governance, artistic programming, human resources, and everything in between. This seminar explores […]

Faculty: Scott Faulkner, principal bassist, Reno Philharmonic & Reno Chamber Orchestra, general manager, Classical Tahoe, former executive director, Reno Chamber Orchestra; Pat Richards, interim president & CEO, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera; chair of the board of directors, League of American Orchestras; William Quillen, director of development, Berkeley Symphony; John Verdon, vice president and chief financial officer, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Volunteer Dine-Arounds

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:00 pm 10:00 pm

This networking event for volunteers allows delegates to explore some of the incredible dining options that Baltimore offers while getting to know their colleagues from across the country. See a full list of restaurants above.

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 7:05 pm 11:00 pm $28

Location: Camden Yards

Join us for a fun night of baseball at beautiful and historic Camden Yards.

Our allotment of Orioles tickets has sold out. If you would like to attend the game, please try the team’s ticket office at 888 848 BIRD (2473). The League’s tickets are in Section 61, Row 6, 7, and 8

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 7:00 am 5:30 pm

Location: Harborside Ballroom
4th Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration area.

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Digital Strategy and Planning for Impact

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 am 12:30 pm $235
$295 Non-member

Location: Laurel A
4th Floor

In this half-day seminar, you will learn about audience expectations and behaviors around digital engagement, and how orchestras can respond creatively, efficiently, and effectively. We will break down the components of digital strategy into basic building blocks and devise manageable efforts […]

Faculty: Sarah Lutman, principal, Lutman & Associates; Eric Woodhams, director of digital content and engagement, Carnegie Hall

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Foundations of Collective Bargaining (Part 3 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 am 12:30 pm $120

Location: Kent A
4th Floor

Note: Attendance prerequisite – Participants must have registered for and attended Parts 1 & 2.

Declining subscription rates, reduced corporate donations, and increasing competition for consumer entertainment spending are all contributing to the growing complexity of collective bargaining negotiations in the performing arts. The last 18 months, for example, have seen significant challenges […]

Faculty: Joshua Flax, commissioner, FMCS-Boston, Massachusetts; Christy Yoshitomi, mediator, FMCS-Baltimore, MD

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Free Consultations

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Here’s your opportunity for free consultations from a variety of experts.

Electronic Media Consultations
NEA Consultations
SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras Consultations
TRG Arts Consultations

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Getting Your Board on Board with Donor Development and Fundraising

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 am 12:30 pm $235
$295 Non-member

Location: Essex C
4th Floor

If there is a shared dream of board leaders, executive directors, and chief development officers, it is one in which every board member is taking part in donor development and fundraising. The good news is that this is not an impossible dream. […]

Faculty: Kay Sprinkel Grace, organizational consultant, Transforming Philanthropy, LLC

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Seminar for New Executive Directors (Part 2 of 2)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 am 12:30 pm $360
$450 Non-member

Location: Galena
4th Floor

You’re a new executive director, in your first few years on the job, or about to become one. Not only are you navigating your way as the new CEO, but you are expected to be proficient in virtually every area of management, from fundraising and finance to governance, artistic programming, human resources, and everything in between. This seminar explores […]

Faculty: Scott Faulkner, principal bassist, Reno Philharmonic & Reno Chamber Orchestra, general manager, Classical Tahoe, former executive director, Reno Chamber Orchestra; Pat Richards, interim president & CEO, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera; chair of the board of directors, League of American Orchestras William Quillen, director of development, Berkeley Symphony; John Verdon, vice president and chief financial officer, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Volunteer Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 am 12:30 pm

Location: Waterview ABC
Ground Floor

Volunteers will meet for an introduction to Conference, presentation of Gold Book Awards of Excellence, and more.

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Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 10:30 am 5:30 pm

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician, a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

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Pre-Opening Plenary Activities at Meyerhoff Hall

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:45 pm 1:35 pm

Location: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Hop on the buses early and join us for the OrchKids Brass Band playing New Orleans street music, the BSYO and OrchKids WW ensemble, and a special presentation of 30 kindergartner trumpet players ‘jamming’ the blues before the Opening Plenary begins.

Food trucks will be on site to provide a taste of Baltimore while you enjoy the entertainment.

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Opening Plenary

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 1:45 pm 3:15 pm

Location: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Our opening plenary, at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, begins with a celebratory performance by the Baltimore Youth Symphony Orchestra and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s renowned OrchKids program. An address by keynote speaker Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will follow. A noted social historian, Mr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at Emory University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Michigan. He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy and connecting universities to their communities. During his address and the discussion that follows, we’ll consider lessons learned from a 25-year Mellon initiative to diversify the professoriate and their implications for orchestras.

Speakers: Marin Alsop, music director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Jamie Bennett, executive director, ArtPlace in America; Alex Laing, principal clarinet, Phoenix Symphony; Earl Lewis, president, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Busing will be provided to/from Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

SD&A Teleservices, Inc. and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) are generously co-sponsoring the Opening Plenary.

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Ticket/Voucher Exchange in the Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 3:30 pm 5:30 pm

If you purchased concert tickets to The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Friday at 8:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets.

A representative of The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra box office at Meyerhoff Hall and may be picked up before the performance.

Please note: Ticket/Voucher exchange is also available Friday, June 10 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

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Constituency Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 4:15 pm 5:30 pm

Every day during Conference you’ll gather together for stimulating meetings with those who best understand the challenges of your position: your peers. Whether you’re working at an orchestra as an executive director, board member, volunteer, staff, or musician, there is learning designed specifically for you.

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Volunteer Networking Event: Sip a Little, Learn a Lot – Networking with a Purpose

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Thursday, June 9, 2016 4:15 pm 5:30 pm $25

Location: Waterview ABC
Ground Floor

Join fellow volunteers for a glass of wine, networking time, and a program designed to enlighten.

Please note this event takes place during the Thursday afternoon volunteer track constituency meeting.

Speaker: Pratichi Shah, founder and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions (FTMS)

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Opening Reception

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Location: Harborside Ballroom
4th Floor

Opening Reception and Showcase sponsored by TCG Entertainment

Before heading out for the evening, join your friends and colleagues in the Exhibit Area for our annual opening reception.

Performance by Cirque Musica

TCG Entertainment invites you to a sneak peek into the world of Cirque Musica as world renowned cast members entertain you at this year’s opening reception. Cirque Musica combines the top circus performers from around the world with the greatest classic music of all time. Produced by TCG Entertainment.

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Next: Young Professionals Event

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:30 pm 11:30 pm

Location: MEX Tequila Bar at Power Plant Live!

Join your fellow young professionals to mingle, network, and explore one of Baltimore’s premier entertainment spots: MEX at Power Plant Live! Just a short walk from the Marriott Waterfront, MEX is a casual, eclectic hangout that the League of American Orchestras has reserved for Conference young professionals.

As in years past, food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Classical Revolution Baltimore. Classical Revolution Baltimore is a collective that works to bring classical music to more people. They organize chamber concerts in unlikely settings such as bars and cafes, and develop non-traditional marketing techniques and unexpected collaborations to reach new audiences and help to represent classical music in the Baltimore underground music scene. Since the collective’s inception in October 2011, the group has received critical acclaim and performed over 75 free classical music concerts all over Baltimore.

MEX Tequila Bar at Power Plant Live!
26 Market Place, Baltimore
410 528 0128 | mexbaltimore.com

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Friday, June 10, 2016

2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program Applicant Orientation

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Friday, June 10, 2016 8:00 am 8:45 am

Location: James
3rd Floor

Interested in applying for the League’s 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program? Join us for coffee and conversation with lead faculty member John McCann and recent graduates Caleb Bailey, executive director, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Rebecca Zabinski, manager, artistic administration, Houston Symphony. We’ll cover the program’s elements, share how it can help you advance, and provide tips for composing a compelling application.

Speaker: John McCann, president, Partners in Performance, and lead faculty member and facilitator, Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 8:00 am 5:30 pm

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician, a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

Full session description »

Free Consultations

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 8:00 am 5:30 pm

Here’s your opportunity for free consultations from a variety of experts.

Electronic Media Consultations
NEA Consultations
SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras Consultations
TRG Arts Consultations

Full session description »

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 8:00 am 5:30 pm

Location: Harborside Ballroom
4th Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration area.

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Building a Dynamic Individual Giving Program

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Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 1,2,3
3rd Floor

In today’s highly competitive philanthropic environment, fundraising programs must engage donors in more creative ways, be responsive to changing donor behaviors and trends, and utilize the most effective fundraising techniques that deliver maximal results. This session will explore some of the best practices, strategies, and creative techniques seen in highly performing fundraising programs.

Speaker: Jane Hargraft, vice president for development, Seattle Symphony

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Developing Your Diversity Plan

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Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Waterview ABC
Ground Floor

It can be a daunting task to define, articulate, and prioritize the actions necessary to advance orchestra diversity. During this session, we will explore a framework for diversity and inclusion planning. Panelists from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will share how they have applied the framework to build momentum around diversity and inclusion work. Opportunities and challenges encountered during the planning process will be discussed.

Speakers: Jessica Schmidt, director of education and community engagement, Boston Symphony Orchestra, consultant; Susan Stucker, chief operating officer, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Bob Wagner, principal bassoonist, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Made possible by a generous grant from Ford Foundation.

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Electronic Media Strategy and Implementation in an Age of Continuous Change

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Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 9-10
3rd Floor

Production, distribution channels, and revenue models change at a dizzying rate, requiring ever greater clarity of electronic media goals and strategy. This session will explore critical strategic questions for orchestras of all sizes, unpack the Integrated Media Agreement, and provide insights into current and evolving implementation models.

Speakers: Vince Ford, director of digital media, New York Philharmonic; Joe Kluger, principal, WolfBrown

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Leveraging Creative Connections

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Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Essex ABC
4th Floor

Hear from Music Alive partners about how orchestras and composers have leveraged each other’s creativity to build new audiences and fortify relationships within their communities. Whether you have a composer-in-residence or not, come explore ideas and fresh perspectives on ways to leverage the creative assets in your home orchestra and current network to reach more people.

Moderators: Ed Harsh, president and CEO, New Music USA; Scott Winship, Director of Grantmaking Programs, New Music USA

Composers: Rick Robinson, composer, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO); Derrick Spiva, composer, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Stella Sung, composer-in-residence, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance; Trimpin, composer, Seattle Symphony

Orchestra Representatives: Tom Bankston, artistic director, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance; Elena Dubinets, vice president of artistic planning, Seattle Symphony; Eric Skelly, CEO, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO); Michelle Weger, director of institutional giving, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

This session is made possible by generous grants from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and The Amphion Foundation.

Music Alive is made possible through a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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Taking Out the Guesswork: Using Research to Build Arts Audiences

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Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 7-8
3rd Floor

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts organizations. Audience research can advance those goals by helping you understand barriers preventing potential audiences from attending; discover potential points of engagement; develop more effective promotional materials; and assess progress toward audience-building goals. Even so, many orchestras shy away from research, often citing lack of money, time, or skills to carry it out. Drawing from a new guide published by The Wallace Foundation, this session with marketing and research expert Bob Harlow will demonstrate how research is helping organizations build audiences, with guidance on how to carry it out effectively, even on a small budget.

Speaker: Bob Harlow, Bob Harlow Research & Consulting, LLC

Made possible by the generous support of The Wallace Foundation.

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Ticket/Voucher Exchange in the Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 10:00 am 2:00 pm

If you purchased concert tickets to The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Friday at 8:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets.

A representative of The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra box office at Meyerhoff Hall and may be picked up before the performance.

Please note: Ticket/Voucher exchange is also available Friday, June 10 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

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Coffee Break

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 10:15 am 11:00 am

Get to know your fellow delegates at this coffee break in the Exhibit Area, and enjoy a performance by Vladimir and Elena Tsarkov, two of Cirque de la Symphonie’s gold medal winners. They will perform spell-binding acts such as quick-change, electric juggler, contortion and balance, and magic jacket.

Bringing the magic of cirque to the music hall, Cirque de la Symphonie has partnered with hundreds of orchestras worldwide, resulting in sellout engagements that combine elegant cirque artistry with powerful orchestra performances of classical masterpieces and contemporary favorites.

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Building a Healthy Organizational Culture to Attract and Retain Talent

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Grand 9-10
3rd Floor

Finding the right people for your board, staff, or volunteer council can be a challenge. So can keeping them. Cultivating an organizational culture that empowers individuals and teams to do their best work and that ensures people feel valued is essential. Join us as we unpack practices you can employ to improve productivity and morale back home.

Speaker: Pratichi Shah, founder and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions (FTMS)

Sponsored by Partners in Performance.

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Capitalizing a Reimagined Subscription Model

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Grand 7-8
3rd Floor

There is much talk today about reimagining subscription models. In this session, Susan Nelson of TDC will help you understand the implications of making a change in your subscription programs, drawing on examples from TDC’s practice. She will note the key questions an organization must address and review expense and revenue models. Participants will have a clearer insight into potential options and the resources required to support new ways of packaging your subscriptions —both in terms of risk capital as well as long-term liquidity needs.

Speaker: Susan Nelson, executive vice president, TDC

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Exemplary Community Service: Ford Musician Awardees in Action

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Waterview ABC
Ground Floor

Handout for this session: Music and Wellness at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Meet the musicians whose exemplary community service earned a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras. Experience samples of their work and learn what motivates them to go above and beyond. Learn how to foster and recognize the full range of potential for musicians to make a difference through community engagement activities.

Speakers: Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc; Penny Anderson Brill, viola, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music and Wellness Program; Shannon Orme, bass clarinet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative; Jeffrey Paul, principal oboe, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project; Brian Prechtl, percussion, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids; Beth Vandervennet, cello, Oakland Symphony’s Music for Excellence Program (MUSE)

Made possible by the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund.

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Opening the Door to Diversity: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Orchestra Fellowship Programs

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Grand 4
3rd Floor

How best can we support aspiring orchestral musicians from underrepresented communities in making successful transitions from music education to professional practice? In this session, we will learn from an analysis of past and current orchestra fellowship programs, and of the opportunities they typically offer to young musicians of color. Drawing on the League’s latest research, we will examine the impact of these programs, the factors influencing their success, and the assumptions underpinning their delivery and design. A data-driven session led by our research report’s authors, this is a must for all orchestras considering practical strategies for encouraging and sustaining a diverse musician population.

Speakers: Monica O’Connell, Independent Consultant; Nick Rabkin, principal and managing partner, reMaking Culture

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Ford Foundation.

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Resourcing Diversity Work

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Essex ABC
4th Floor

In an age of rapid demographic change, many funders and arts organizations are challenged to be more reflective of and responsive to increasingly diverse communities. We’ll hear from a panel of leading institutional funders about their efforts to support arts organizations pursuing inclusive and equitable practices in governance, administration, and programming. We’ll discuss promising strategies that cultural organizations and supporters are exploring and employing.

Speakers: Janet Brown, president & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; Susan Feder, program officer, performing arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Marian Godfrey, cultural advisor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Made possible by a generous grant from Ford Foundation.

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The Future of American Orchestras

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Grand 1,2,3
3rd Floor

Digital Toolkit

Technology and orchestras are beginning to intersect in weird and wonderful ways. That technology will enable orchestras to engage a bigger audience, solve endemic budget and cash-flow problems, and nurture the next-generation of musicians. But only if it’s used correctly. In this session, internationally renowned futurist Amy Webb will show you a provocative series of snapshots from the near future — and she’ll challenge you to think hard about what to do in the present. All attendees will receive an actionable digital toolkit that they can take home and begin using within their boards and organizations.

Speaker: Amy Webb, founder and CEO, Future Today Institute

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League Luncheon and Annual Meeting

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:15 pm 2:00 pm $25

Location: Grand 5-6
3rd Floor

Join us for the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting, the presentation of the Gold Baton and the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, and a special showcase performance.

The League of American Orchestras’ Annual Meeting is sponsored by CCS Fundraising

The Luncheon Showcase is sponsored by Uzan International Artists.

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Constituency Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 2:15 pm 5:30 pm

Every day during Conference you’ll gather together for stimulating meetings with those who best understand the challenges of your position: your peers. Whether you’re working at an orchestra as an executive director, board member, volunteer, staff, or musician, there is learning designed specifically for you.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concert

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Friday, June 10, 2016 8:00 pm 10:00 pm $38 - $78

Location: Meyerhoff Hall

Appalachian Spring
Fri, June 10, 2016 8:00 PM (Meyerhoff)

Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

Copland: Appalachian Spring
Thomas Adès: Polaris (BSO Premiere)
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2

Performed with its original Martha Graham choreography, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring evokes the wide-open landscape and inherent optimism of American possibility. Ravel’s luxurious, flamboyant orchestral showpiece follows a work by one of the most original and compelling voices of our time, Thomas Adès.

Transportation will be provided from the Marriott Waterfront. Buses will be looping throughout the evening (including a drop off at the Tune-Up party location post concert).

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Tune-Up Party

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 10:00 pm 12:00 am

Location: The Columbus Center at the Inner Harbor

The League of American Orchestras Conference 2016 Tune-Up Party is hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at a scenic location in Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor right over on the pier next to the Marriott Waterfront. With its contemporary open space and balcony, the Columbus Center offers beautiful waterfront views for you and your colleagues to enjoy while visiting the BSO’s beloved Charm City! All conference delegates are invited.

Transportation will be provided from the Marriott Waterfront and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:30 am 1:00 pm

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician, a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

Full session description »

Free Consultations

Session Date Start Time End Time
Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:30 am 1:00 pm

Here’s your opportunity for free consultations from a variety of experts.

Electronic Media Consultations
NEA Consultations
SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras Consultations
TRG Arts Consultations

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On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:30 am 1:00 pm

Location: Harborside Ballroom
4th Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration area.

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Coffee Conversation with Marin Alsop

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am 9:45 am

Location: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Lobby

Join us for a casual conversation with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop, about diversity on the podium of American orchestras and other timely topics. Transportation to be provided beginning at 8:30am.

Speaker: Marin Alsop, music director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Location: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Lobby

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Diversifying Your Board of Directors

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 3-4
3rd Floor

Many orchestras struggle to recruit and retain people of color. During this session, we’ll explore methods that have been proven effective in increasing board diversity and ensuring that a broader swath of the community plays an active role in orchestral governance.

Speaker: Rodger Crockett, principal, R.O. Crockett Leadership Advisory

Made possible by a generous grant from Ford Foundation.

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Engaging Diverse Audiences – Tactics, Challenges, Success

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 1-2
3rd Floor

This elective, led by expert Donna Walker-Kuhne, will highlight the national and international trends in cultural diversity and examine the challenges in engaging, marketing to, and sustaining relationships with underrepresented communities. Case studies will be shared to illustrate successful leadership, effective campaigns for increasing participation, and measurements of success.

Speaker: Donna Walker-Kuhne, vice president of community engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Made possible by a generous grant from Ford Foundation.

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Inclusive Leadership

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 7-8
3rd Floor

Ensuring that people with different backgrounds and perspectives are able to contribute fully to your organization, regardless of the role they play, is a key leadership challenge. During this session we’ll explore leadership practices that can bring diverse groups of people together to move things forward.

Speaker: Andrés Tapia, senior client partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Andrés Tapia is the author of The Inclusion Paradox – 2nd Edition: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity, now available.

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Music Education for All

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Waterview ABC
Ground Floor

Every Student Succeeds Act: Resources for Orchestras
Ed.gov Coverage of Boston Public Schools

Alarming disparities in public school music education shortchange too many students of essential learning opportunities and result in less arts participation throughout their lives. You can do something about it. Recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shifts decision-making about education priorities from the federal government to the state and school district level, providing unprecedented opportunities for orchestras to take action to increase music education in public schools. Learn how you can make a difference.

Speakers: Doug Herbert, special assistant, office of innovation and improvement, U.S. Department of Education; Ayanna Hudson, arts education director, National Endowment for the Arts; Scott D. Jones, senior associate, Arts Education Partnership, Education Commission of the States; Theodore Wiprud, vice president, education, New York Philharmonic

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Music Unwound: Connecting Underrepresented Communities to Orchestras through the Humanities

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am 10:15 am

Location: Grand 9-10
3rd Floor

Thematic Programming for Orchestras, Festivals, and Schools

Since 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities has invested $1 million in Music Unwound, a national consortium of orchestras, music festivals, and institutions of higher education that has dynamically linked orchestras to African-American, Native-American, and Mexican-American communities. The project’s thematic, multi-media programs (which are also available to orchestras outside the consortium) match orchestras with high schools, universities, and museums. The themes include immigration, race, and the never-ending quest for American identity […]

Speakers: Donato Cabrera, resident conductor, San Francisco Symphony; Delta David Gier, music director, South Dakota Symphony; Joe Horowitz, executive director, PostClassical Ensemble

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Conducting Masterclass with Marin Alsop

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 am 12:30 pm

Location: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Watch as five conductors take to the podium to learn under the guidance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Marin Alsop. The featured works will be Copland’s Appalachian Spring and movements from Brahms’ Symphonies No. 2 and 3:

Speaker: Marin Alsop, music director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Participants:
Jacomo Bairos
David Jacobs
Paul Ghun Kim
Valentina Peleggi
Ruth Reinhardt

*Session is closed to the public and is exclusively for League Conference attendees.

Transportation to/from Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Conference hotel will be provided between 8:30am and 12:45pm.

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Coffee Break

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:15 am 11:00 am

Get to know your fellow delegates at this coffee break in the Exhibit Hall.

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Constituency Meetings

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Every day during Conference you’ll gather together for stimulating meetings with those who best understand the challenges of your position: your peers. Whether you’re working at an orchestra as an executive director, board member, volunteer, staff, or musician, there is learning designed specifically for you.

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Closing Luncheon

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Location: Grand 5
3rd Floor

Our closing luncheon, the capstone of the conference, will feature a forum focused on identifying key actions orchestras can take, individually and collectively, to help our institutions and art form become more responsive to and reflective of the diversity and dynamism of 21st century America.

We’ll hear from from a renowned national policy leader, a remarkable civil rights activist as well as a senior leader within the U.S. Department of Education about the context and systems that dramatically shape efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity. Their remarks will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion with four members of our orchestral community deeply committed to enhancing orchestras’ relevance to the broadest possible public.

Speakers: Marin Alsop, music director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Jamie Bennett, executive director, ArtPlace in America; Dr. Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs, OESE, U.S. Department of Education; The Honorable U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (MD-7); Alex Laing, principal clarinet, Phoenix Symphony; DeRay Mckesson, activist, educator, organizer, We The Protestors; Anne Parsons, president and CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Gayle S. Rose, board chairman, Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Akustiks is generously sponsoring the Closing Luncheon.

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