Essentials of Orchestra Management

Why is Essentials for you?

Applications for the Essentials 2014 are now closed. The following is provided for reference only.

Get ready for Essentials 2014!

It's orchestra boot camp!

Managing an orchestra today takes strength, dedication, perseverance and a passion for music. Essentials of Orchestra Management is a ten-day journey that will prepare you for the challenges orchestras are facing today and tomorrow. Arming yourself with the vital skills you need to be a great leader is the foundation for a great organization. While orchestra management will be the toughest job you’ll ever love, Essentials is what you need to excel.

Seminar Dates: February 4-13, 2014 in New York City

Application Deadline: December 2, 2013 (Deadline extended)

To apply online, please click here to access our online application.

Download mandatory application guidelines

Download mandatory recommendation guidelines here

Application checklist found here.

Learn about scholarship opportunities for Essentials! Click here!

View the Agenda and Faculty List
for Essentials 2014

Meet the Essentials leadership:

Brent Assink,
executive director,
San Francisco Symphony

Deborah Rutter,
president and CEO, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


If you have questions, contact Jessica Balboni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 646 822 4033.


Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.