Conference 2018 Highlights

"Creating the Greatest Impact"

More than 1,300 orchestra stakeholders met in Chicago, June 13-15, for the League's 73rd National Conference, hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. See below for videos, presentations, handouts, and more. 


Quick Links to Videos and Presentations

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Opening Plenary: Creating the Greatest Impact (Remarks by Vijay Gupta)
Luncheon Featuring Jennifer Koh and Ford Musician Awards
General Session: Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras—A Performance and Conversation
Closing Plenary: Why Culture Matters—A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma


 


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Opening Plenary

Transcript of Vijay Gupta's remarks.

Vijay Gupta, acclaimed violinist and a passionate advocate for artistic voices at the center of social justice (introduction by League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen).

Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007, and in 2011 founded Street Symphony, a group of professional musicians in Los Angeles who work with communities experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and incarceration. 

New! Listen to an interview on Chicago radio station WFMT with Opening Plenary speaker Vijay Gupta.

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Luncheon Featuring Jennifer Koh and Ford Musician Awards 


Transcript of Jennifer Koh's remarks.


Riveting performance and remarks by violinist Jennifer Koh.

The Luncheon also featured the presentation of the League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service to Jeffrey Barker, associate principal flute, Seattle Symphony; John R. Beck, principal percussionist, Winston-Salem Symphony; Jody Chaffee, community engagement director, flue, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Erin Hannigan, principal oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and Juan R. Ramírez Hernández, violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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General Session: Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras—Performance and Conversation

Brothers Anthony McGill (Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Demarre McGill (Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony), moderated by Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, looked at the pathway to professional careers in orchestras; how the ecosystem of music education and training presents opportunities and barriers to success; and the essential role that all orchestras can play in this continuum.

The session included the world premiere of a double concerto by Michael Abels, composer of the score to the film, Get Out, performed by Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, conducted by Allen Tinkham, CYSO Music Director.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group also performed.

 

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Closing Plenary


In his remarks (beginning at 3:20), introduced by League President and CEO
Jesse Rosen, Ma examined why arts and culture matter now more than ever before.

The League of American Orchestras honored cellist Yo-Yo Ma with its highest award, the Gold Baton. 

In his remarks, introduced by League President and CEO Jesse Rosen, Ma examined why arts and culture matter now more than ever before. 

The session opened with a special performance by Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Ensemble, conducted by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. Project Inclusion is a talent development program, dedicated to changing the face of classical music, which identifies and trains diverse musicians, conductors, and administrative leaders of color.

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Media

Find the Conference press announcement here.

Read a feature on the Conference in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Listen to a post-Conference interview with League President and CEO Jesse Rosen on Chicago radio station WFMT.

Also on WFMT: listen to an interview with Opening Plenary speaker Vijay Gupta.


Conference Sponsors

Opening Plenary:

The Opening Session was generously sponsored by Broadcast Music, Inc. and TRG Arts. 
Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

League Luncheon and Annual Meeting:

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation.
The Conference Luncheon is generously sponsored by Patron Manager.


Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras Session:

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

Closing Plenary:

Made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation.
This session is generously sponsored by Akustiks. 


Conference materials are also on the Conference website, which lists all sessions: americanorchestras.org/Conference2018.

Who attended Conference 2018? View a list of delegates by organization or last name.