Schedule

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

Important Notes:
Pre-Conference seminars will be held Sunday, June 4-Tuesday, June 6.
On-site registration opens on Monday, June 5, with Conference sessions starting on Tuesday, June 6 and running through Thursday, June 8.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Foundations of Collective Bargaining (Part 1 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Sunday, June 4, 2017 1:00 pm 6:00 pm $150 *

Designed for joint participation by orchestra musicians and administrators, this three-day seminar will increase participants’ knowledge and ability to facilitate productive negotiations and working relationships during the entire contract cycle. Led by commissioners from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), participants will gain insight into all stages of the collective bargaining relationship: preparation for negotiations, methods at the bargaining table, and post-negotiation relationship building. Participation in all three days is required.

    Three sessions:

    Sunday, June 4, 2017 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Monday, June 5, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speakers: FMCS commissioners to be announced.

*Fee to defray food and beverage cost

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

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Leadership Seminar with Horst Abraham (Part 1 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Monday, June 5, 2017 8:00 am 12:00 pm See Registration Page

In an increasingly complex and unpredictable world, a leader’s ability to communicate with impact, productively navigate conflict situations, and foster quality relationships and collaboration is more important than ever before. In this three-part seminar, we’ll explore the art and science of cultivating your emotional intelligence, influence, and impact to effectively lead through your orchestra’s most critical challenges.

Participants are encouraged to register for the full seminar in three parts for a comprehensive experience. The option to choose one or two individual sessions is also available.

    Part 1: Influencing Skills: the Art and Science of Getting to ‘Yes’

In a world of conflicting and often competing values and priorities, getting other people to support your needs can be a great challenge. Here we explore the art and science of building high-quality connections and relationships in which collaboration is the norm. To do so, we dig into the merit of building and managing your social and work network, along with identifying behaviors and practices that foster collaboration and reciprocal support. The combination of both examining the concept of influencing and practicing influencing will help you master the way to collaborate with others.

Speaker: Horst Abraham, faculty, Ross School of Business, Executive Education, University of Michigan

Note: This is Part 1. Other parts are offered at different times:

    Part 2: Monday, June 5    2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Conflict Management: Dealing With Difficult Situations and People

    Part 3: Tuesday, June 6    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Public Speaking: Affecting People and Getting Them to Listen

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

Full session description »

Foundations of Collective Bargaining (Part 2 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Monday, June 5, 2017 9:00 am 6:00 pm $150 *

Designed for joint participation by orchestra musicians and administrators, this three-day seminar will increase participants’ knowledge and ability to facilitate productive negotiations and working relationships during the entire contract cycle. Led by commissioners from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), participants will gain insight into all stages of the collective bargaining relationship: preparation for negotiations, methods at the bargaining table, and post-negotiation relationship building. Participation in all three days is required.

    Three sessions:

    Sunday, June 4, 2017 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Monday, June 5, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speakers: FMCS commissioners to be announced.

*Fee to defray food and beverage cost

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

Full session description »

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Monday, June 5, 2017 12:00 pm 5:30 pm

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

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

Full session description »

Leadership Seminar with Horst Abraham (Part 2 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Monday, June 5, 2017 2:00 pm 6:00 pm See Registration Page
    Part 2: Conflict Management: Dealing With Difficult Situations and People

While IQ has risen sharply in the last 30 years, EQ (Emotional Quotient/Intelligence) has taken a nose dive. Witness rising conflict among people in all walks of life; note the sharp rise in depression and litigation in our society and you are seeing the evidence of why communication and collaboration have become increasingly more difficult to manage.

In this workshop we examine the various causes for interpersonal tension and the EQ practices that allow us to productively maneuver through conflict situations. Come prepared to work on relationship dynamics you would like to improve.

Prep work:

    (A) Identify one or two persons with whom you have a problem that you would like to resolve.
    (B) For each case, define the desired result of your improvement efforts.
    (C) Assess the cost of not doing anything about the flawed relationship.

Speaker: Horst Abraham, faculty, Ross School of Business, Executive Education, University of Michigan

Note: This is Part 2. Other parts are offered at different times:

    Part 1: Monday, June 5    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Influencing Skills: the Art and Science of Getting to ‘Yes’

    Part 3: Tuesday, June 6    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Public Speaking: Affecting People and Getting Them to Listen

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

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Volunteer Dine-Around

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Monday, June 5, 2017 6:30 pm 10:00 pm $52

Location: Andiamo at the Detroit Riverfront

Take in a fantastic view of the Detroit Riverwalk as you join volunteers from across the country for dinner and a wine tasting with the sommelier from Detroit’s famed Andiamo restaurant. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with volunteers before Conference begins!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 7:00 am 4:00 pm

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

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

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Building a Fundraising Plan for a Small Budget Orchestra

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$295 non-member

A solid fundraising plan is critical to the success of an orchestra of any size. This seminar, designed for those who wear multiple hats at organizations with limited financial and human resources, will show participants how to build and implement an effective fundraising plan. Topics will include starting a planned giving program, annual giving, major gifts, and foundation giving, as well as how to turn your board into a fundraising force.

Speakers: speakers to be announced

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

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Knowing Your Audience: A Step-by-Step Guide

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$295 non-member

Do you understand what the individuals who attend your concerts – and those who never have – care about? What gets the attention of busy people? What our first-timers are looking for? Are our new programs actually attracting new audiences? The Wallace Foundation has identified effective methods of developing new audiences and strengthening the bonds with existing ones. The hands-on activities and interactive exercises in this seminar will enable you to develop an audience research plan that you can implement right away.

Speakers: To be announced

This seminar is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

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Leadership Seminar with Horst Abraham (Part 3 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:00 am 12:00 pm See Registration Page
    Part 3: Public Speaking: Affecting People and Getting Them to Listen

For those of you who are either formal or informal leaders, every time you open your mouth you are a “public speaker.” Experts on the topic of public speaking suggest that only 20% of presenters are good, and only 5% of those 20% are exceptional. In this workshop, we break down the art of presenting into a series of skills, then rehearse each skill set and polish our delivery. As a part of this endeavor, we will review how to organize content, engage the audience, and start and finish strong. You will also learn how to modulate voice and energy as you go through a presentation.

Prep work:

    (A) Think of an audience to whom you will be speaking and which you would like to positively affect.
    (B) Who is that audience? What are their needs? Interests?
    (C) What is the main affect you wish to have upon this audience?

Speaker: Horst Abraham, faculty, Ross School of Business, Executive Education, University of Michigan

Note: This is Part 3. Other parts are offered at different times:

    Part 1: Monday, June 5    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Influencing Skills: the Art and Science of Getting to ‘Yes’

    Part 2: Monday, June 5    2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Conflict Management: Dealing With Difficult Situations and People

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

Full session description »

Volunteer Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8:00 am 12:30 pm

Volunteers will meet for a Conference introduction and begin presentations for the Classic, Gold Book, and Roundtable Awards.

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Foundations of Collective Bargaining (Part 3 of 3)

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:00 am 12:00 pm $150 *

Designed for joint participation by orchestra musicians and administrators, this three-day seminar will increase participants’ knowledge and ability to facilitate productive negotiations and working relationships during the entire contract cycle. Led by commissioners from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), participants will gain insight into all stages of the collective bargaining relationship: preparation for negotiations, methods at the bargaining table, and post-negotiation relationship building. Participation in all three days is required.

    Three sessions:

    Sunday, June 4, 2017 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Monday, June 5, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speakers: FMCS commissioners to be announced.

*Fee to defray food and beverage

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

Full session description »

Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 10:30 am 4:00 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 or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

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New Attendee Orientation

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 12:00 pm 12:30 pm

Come join the League of American Orchestras staff, meet other first time attendees, get your questions answered, and discover how to get the most out of your League of American Orchestras’ Conference experience.

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Volunteer Networking Luncheon and Speaker

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 12:30 pm 2:00 pm $45

Join fellow volunteers for a networking luncheon and to hear Detroit community leaders discuss volunteer leadership and member recruitment and retention.

Please note this is a ticketed event and will take place during the first constituency block.

Speakers: to be announced

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Constituency Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 1:30 pm 3:00 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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Opening Plenary

Detroit Rising: Stories of Renewal

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Location: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Detroit is undergoing massive change – change on a scale not seen since the tumultuous summer of 1967. Fueled by the emergence from the 2013 bankruptcy, Detroit is now rising with neighborhood revitalization, economic development, a new light rail, and a resurgent creative community.

Economics, race, immigration, urban versus suburban, arts and culture, and of course transportation – this being the Motor City – all converge in a story about transformation and how to lead in the face of tremendous adversity.

In the Opening Plenary, civic, business, and cultural leaders reveal the powerful interplay of their paths and how they’ve become change agents in building a new Detroit for all.

Bus transportation will be provided. Buses will leave from the Motor Lobby Entrance of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

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Dinner Break

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 5:30 pm 7:00 pm $30

Take time to enjoy the culinary delights Detroit has to offer between the Opening Plenary and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by exploring one of the two recommended options below:

If you are interested in exploring Midtown, please click here to see a list of recommended restaurants and bars close to the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. We strongly encourage those choosing this option to make reservations in advance.

If you would prefer the convenience of staying in the hall for dinner, the DSO is offering a catered dinner package in the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. This buffet dinner is priced at $30 and includes one complimentary beverage. Click here to view the menu.

Please note that space is limited to 300 people, and this option must be reserved and paid for in advance as part of your online registration for Conference.

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Special Session: Behind the Scenes of the DSO Webcast Initiatives

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:15 pm 7:00 pm

Join us for an insider’s look at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s robotic video webcasts, which are offered regularly and free on the internet. From equipment selection to production costs to artistic considerations, attendees will get the full picture of what’s involved in producing live video content each week.

Following the session, all interested attendees are invited to watch the concert from “inside the booth” on a large screen in the DSO’s Herman and Sharon Frankel Donor Lounge.

Speakers: Marc Geelhoed, director of digital initiatives, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Erik Rönmark, general manager, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concert

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 7:30 pm 9:30 pm $15-$105

Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducts the DSO in a playful and engaging program to include Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s thrilling, satirical Seven Deadly Sins with multifaceted vocalist, and Detroit resident, Shara Nova. This 20th century theatrical masterpiece is presented alongside three exciting contemporary works: Ferran Cruixent’s Big Data (a DSO commission), Cindy McTee’s Double Play, and Mason Bates’ “Warehouse Medicine” from B-Sides, an homage to Detroit Techno. The concert kicks off with a special performance by the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Bus transportation will be provided. Buses will leave from the Motor Lobby Entrance of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

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Mix @ The Max Concert: Shigeto

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:30 pm 11:30 pm TBD

At the same time as the Tune-Up Party, the DSO’s Mix @ The Max series presents the genre-bending electronic music of Detroit’s very own Shigeto in its flexible performance space, The Cube. A limited number of tickets for Conference attendees will be available at the door, or visit dso.org to purchase in advance. Wristbands will be available to allow League guests to move between this concert and the Tune-Up Party.

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Tune-Up Party

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:30 pm 11:30 pm

Following the concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, stay to enjoy the Conference Tune-Up Party in the spacious Atrium of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Bus transportation will be provided. Buses will leave from the Motor Lobby Entrance of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 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 or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

Full session description »

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:00 am 5:30 pm

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

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

Full session description »

Bold and Informed: Researching Audiences on a Budget

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

Harvest the best low-cost ideas for researching target audiences from arts organizations around the country. Learn how audience research informed their bold ideas as part of the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for the Arts initiatives. Orchestra audiences also attend opera, dance, theater, and museums, so find out which proven methods they used in order to understand elusive Millennials, barriers for non-attendees, and what current audiences really think about the organization.

Speakers: To be announced

Made possible by the generous support of The Wallace Foundation.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Action

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

From the performers on stage, to the audiences served, to the stakeholders in between, orchestras are discovering better ways to include a deeper cross-section of their communities. Learn from the most promising initiatives from across the country. presentations will be chosen by competitive selection. Digest, react, and share ideas in a lively discussion immediately following the presentations.

Speakers: Selected presenters from member orchestras

Moderator: Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc.

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Mapping the DSO Journey

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, like its hometown, has undergone a major transformation. A highly intentional effort to change its culture has led to a refocused mission and governance, four consecutive balanced budgets, and two consecutive labor contracts settled quietly and early. The DSO has also in recent years flattened access to its programs, embraced technology, and expanded its geographic footprint both regionally and globally. In this discussion, the DSO reflects on this change and discusses the orchestra’s even higher aspirations both artistically and for its role in the community. Learn how an orchestra can make fundamental change on its journey towards sustainability.

Speakers: Mark Davidoff, board chairman, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Haden McKay, cellist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Faye Nelson, president and board chairman, DTE Energy Foundation; and Anne Parsons, president and CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Moderator: Horst Abraham, faculty, Ross School of Business, Executive Education, University of Michigan

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

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Market Smarter: Insights and Strategy for Digital Marketing

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

How are orchestras and other arts organizations embracing digital in order to market their offerings? For five years, Capacity Interactive, a digital marketing firm for the cultural sector, has surveyed arts organizations to understand how they are using social media, video, analytics, mobile, digital advertising, email, and the web. The firm’s president will present findings from the most recent survey, explaining trends and highlighting opportunities. He will also share orchestra case studies to illustrate how digital marketing can help orchestras meet marketing goals.

Speakers: Erik Gensler, president, Capacity Interactive

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The Strategic and Artistic Understanding of Pops

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

Nearly every orchestra in the U.S. programs Pops of some variety. But there are questions regarding the strategic and artistic imperatives of Pops, and its role in an orchestra’s mission. Does it vary by community? Is Pops about service and relevance? Is it just about money? Or audience development? Developing a fuller understanding of these issues may inform a range of institutional strategies, from programming to orchestra morale; from marketing and development to positioning your orchestra in your community.

Speakers: John Forsyte, president and CEO, Pacific Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Grossman, vice president of marketing, Nashville Symphony; Brent Havens, arranger and composer; and Sarah Hicks, principal conductor, Live at Orchestra Hall, Minnesota Orchestra

Moderator: Alan Valentine, president and CEO, Nashville Symphony

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Coffee Break

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:00 am 11:00 am

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

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Changing Orchestra Culture: A Conversation with DSO Musicians

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Culture shifts at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are multi-faceted and span the whole organization; there is widespread agreement that many of them are due to an active collaboration between DSO musicians and the administration that continues to facilitate harmonious discussion on how best to serve their community while fulfilling their mission of unsurpassed musical experiences. In this session, DSO musicians discuss the orchestra’s evolving culture, how their roles in the organization have changed, and their aspirations for the future

Speakers: Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Moderator: John McCann, president, Partners in Performance

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

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Classical Musicians of African Descent: Perspectives, Aspirations, and Outlook

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:00 am 12:15 pm

This session features a performance by Ann Hobson Pilot, the trailblazing former principal harp of Boston Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the League’s 2017 Gold Baton Award, along with musicians from Gateways Music Festival, the 23-year-old organization that celebrates professional classical musicians of African descent at its annual six-day event each August in Rochester, New York. Many classical musicians of African descent have unique perspectives on their roles and the challenges and opportunities that orchestras face today. At this session, musicians discuss why they participate in Gateways each year, how support from Rochester’s African American community has enabled the Festival to grow and thrive, how playing in an ensemble of musicians of African descent differs from playing in other ensembles, and their hopes for the future. In the midst of the vibrant national conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, this is an opportunity to both hear and hear from musicians whose lived experience puts them at the center of that conversation.

Program: Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro

Speakers: Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra; musicians from the Gateways Music Festival; Lee Koonce, president and artistic director, Gateways Music Festival

Moderator: Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Make the Case Now!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Convincingly making the case for your orchestra’s impact and forging strategic alliances are both crucial to advancing your orchestra’s mission. Developing the right relationships and clearly communicating your orchestra’s relevance to broader civic issues is essential, from launching community development initiatives to cultivating philanthropic support; from defending your tax-exempt status to championing public music education. Now more than ever, advocacy must become a priority.

Speakers: Lester Abberger, chairman, Collins Institute for Public Policy; Gary Ginstling, president and CEO, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Patricia Richards, chair, board of directors, League of American Orchestras; and David Thompson, vice president of public policy, National Council of Nonprofits

Moderator: Heather Noonan, vice president, advocacy, League of American Orchestras

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

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What is the Relevance of the Western Orchestral Canon in America Today?

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:00 am 12:15 pm

If the standard orchestral repertoire speaks for itself, what is it saying and to whom is it speaking? Is it “universal,” and if not, how does it fit in today’s world, with its fragmented audiences? What are the implications for orchestra programming and for communicating about the orchestra and the art form with a wide variety of constituents – patrons, individual donors, institutional funders, civic leaders, elected officials, and the general public?

Speakers: Michael Morgan, music director, Oakland Symphony; and Simon Woods, president and CEO, Seattle Symphony

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League Luncheon and Annual Meeting

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost Attachments
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:15 pm 2:15 pm $30

Join us for the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting, which will include remarks by League President and CEO Jesse Rosen and League Board Chair Patricia Richards a celebration of the League’s 75th anniversary, the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, and a special showcase performance.

The League Luncheon Showcase is sponsored by JRA Fine Arts.

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

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Constituency Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 2:15 pm 5:15 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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All-Delegate Reception

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:15 pm 6:15 pm

Join your friends and colleagues in the Exhibit Area for our annual opening reception.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Transformation”, providing a unique canvas on which to musically paint colors with the strokes of a virtuoso’s fingers, a tribute to a musician who’s whose ideas and vision were indeed transformative and transcendent—Leonard Bernstein.

As 2017-18 begins to shine light upon his centenary anniversary year, this special showcase performance by pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, pays tribute to the past, with an exciting nod to the future.

The All-Delegate Reception and Showcase sponsored by Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist.

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7:10 pm 11:00 pm $30

Location: Comerica Park

Join us for a fun night of baseball at beautiful Comerica Park.

Stay tuned! Tickets will be available for purchase through the League within the next several weeks.

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Next: Young Professionals Event

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:00 pm 10:00 pm

Join your fellow young professionals to mingle, network, and explore Detroit! As in years past, food and beverage will be available for purchase.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:00 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 or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

Full session description »

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:00 am 1:00 pm

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

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

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Activating and Nurturing Community Alliances

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

Orchestras are increasingly building and sustaining partnerships with other organizations. These efforts not only seek to expand and diversify audiences, but also to create meaningful ways in which artists can connect with their community. Choose from a number of roundtable discussions – led by musicians, composers, and administrators – on selecting, preparing, and maintaining community alliances.

Discussion leaders to include teams from Music Alive residency partners, New Music USA, and recipients of the League’s 2017 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Moderator: Marian Godfrey, cultural advisor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and member, board of directors, League of American Orchestras

This session is made possible by the generous donors to the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service and the Music Alive programs, as well as support from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

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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Beyond the Familiar: A Deep Dive into Music from Latin America and the Caribbean

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

There is so much more music beyond the half-dozen frequently performed works from Latin America and the Caribbean. Journey into this rich and exciting body of repertoire, and discover new works as well as resources to find them. Explore the myriad opportunities for partnering and connecting with diverse communities.

Speakers: Lorenzo Francisco Candelaria, PhD, professor of Music History, University of Texas, El Paso; Miguel Harth-Bedyoa, music director, Fort Worth Symphony

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Change Before You Have To

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

This session offers a look at the future of orchestra leadership. Members of the League’s Emerging Leaders Program posit a distinction between leadership and management, and share their viewpoints on how to create an adaptive work culture, challenge deeply ingrained assumptions, and anticipate change before it is forced to happen. They will explore dimensions of a thriving organizational culture, characteristics of innovation and change management, and adaptive leadership as well as the responsibilities of self-leadership as key pillars of orchestra leadership of the future.

Speakers: Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2017

Lead Faculty: John McCann, president, Partners in Performance

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

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Cultural Equity

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

Working toward greater cultural equity in our organizations has become an imperative for the long-term viability of orchestras and the art form. What can orchestras do to keep up with this change of attitudes toward Euro-centric cultural institutions? The session will explore demographic, philanthropic, and political trends in American society, and provide insight into how orchestras must and should navigate the currents.

Speakers: Liz Alsina, program associate, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director, Sphinx Organization; Alexander Laing, principal clarinet, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra; and María López de León, president and CEO, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

Moderator: Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc.

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Musicians as Organizational Leaders

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

Throughout North America, musician-created and musician-led ensembles and chamber orchestras are thriving and assuming larger and larger roles in the musical lives of their cities. Are these nimble, fresh, and spontaneous ensembles disrupters of classical music concert culture? Do they challenge the position of other orchestras? Musician leaders discuss the freedoms and tensions of being artist-led ensembles and explore what they and other orchestras might learn from one another.

Speakers: Alex Fortes, violinist, A Far Cry; Alecia Lawyer, founder, artistic director, and principal oboist, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Lippel, guitarist, International Contemporary Ensemble; Alan Pierson, artistic director and conductor, Alarm Will Sound Ensemble, principal conductor, Crash Ensemble; co-director, Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, former artistic director, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and member, board of directors, League of American Orchestras

Moderator: Henry Peyrebrune, double bassist and major gifts officer, The Cleveland Orchestra

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Pricing: The Heart of the Matter

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

What is the right strategic approach to pricing? Should it be to maximize revenue or to maximize attendance and accessibility? Is it possible to do both? What is pricing’s role in making music accessible: can pricing be a socio-economic strategy to break down class barriers to participation? Does its influence extend to the heart of why we exist, our artistic missions, and the nature of our relationships in our communities? Three experts who have grappled with these questions share lessons from their deep and varied experiences.

Speakers: Paul Hogle, president and CEO, The Cleveland Institute of Music; Jon Limbacher, president and managing director, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Jill Robinson, president and CEO, TRG Arts

Moderator: Bruce Coppock, retired president and managing director, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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Coffee Break

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:00 am 11:00 am

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

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Constituency Meetings

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 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 Plenary and Luncheon —

The Path Forward

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 1:15 pm 3:15 pm

America faces a dramatically new policy landscape that may pose serious threats to the arts and the values we associate with them. While the path ahead may not be clear, this is no time to stand on the sidelines. Join national thought leaders Rip Rapson, president and CEO, the Kresge Foundation and Steven J. Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University for a conversation on the way forward in these uncertain times.

Lunch will be provided as part of your Conference registration fee.

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