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2017

League of American Orchestras to Honor Former Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot with the Gold Baton

 

New York, NY (February 28, 2017) – Esteemed musician Ann Hobson Pilot will receive the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League’s 72nd National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, 2017. Pilot, who performed for 40 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (29 as principal harpist), is a renowned soloist, teacher, and mentor, and was the first African American woman to serve as a principal player in a major orchestra.

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Symphony Magazine Senior Editor Chester Lane to Step Down on March 1, 2017

 

New York, NY (February 27, 2017) – New York, NY — The League of American Orchestras has announced that Chester Lane, senior editor of its quarterly magazine, Symphony, will step down from the organization on March 1, 2017. 

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League of American Orchestras Releases Winter 2017 Symphony Magazine Issue

 

New York, NY (January 24, 2017) – How are orchestras connecting with millennials? How are they marketing works by contemporary composers? What motivates today’s emerging artists? The Winter 2017 Issue of Symphony, the award-winning magazine of the League of American Orchestras, focuses on the next generation of concertgoers and performers.

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 2016

League of American Orchestras Releases 2016 Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program

Composers Chen-Hui Jen, Wang Jie, and Hannah Lash to Receive Commissions in Third Year of League of American Orchestras' and EarShot's Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program

 

New York, NY (December 14, 2016) – Three composers -- Chen-Hui Jen, Wang Jie, and Hannah Lash -- will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2016 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, which is administered by the American Composers Orchestra and EarShot and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Partner orchestras to premiere the works will be announced at a later date.

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League of American Orchestras Releases Orchestra Facts:2006-2014

Organization's First Comprehensive Longitudinal Study of Orchestra Finances and Operations Shows Field's Breadth, Vast Community Reach, Lowering of Cost Barriers, Recession Recovery

 

New York, NY (November 15, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras has released Orchestra Facts:2006-2014, the organization's first comprehensive longitudinal study of American orchestra finances and operations.

Using an extensive variety of organizational and external data sources, the study depicts the enormous breadth and scope of the American orchestra field, along with the complexities and resiliencies inherent in the art form's business model.

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New York, NY (September 20, 2016) – New York, NY (September 20, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras has launched the American Orchestras' Future Fund, a new grantmaking program funded by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

The $4.5 million grants program will offer two-year organizational grants as well as short-term technical assistance grants. Three million dollars in grants will be available in the first cycle. U.S.-based adult and youth orchestras that are members of the League are eligible to apply.

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New York, NY (September 13, 2016) – Nine orchestra administrators will participate in the League of American Orchestras' Emerging Leaders Program. Viewed by the field as one of the best sources of identifying talented administrators with great leadership potential, the program is the flagship of the League's leadership development offerings. The program, along with its previous iteration, the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, has advanced the development of more than 180 alumni, from 25 current executive directors of orchestras to countless senior executives.

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New York, NY (July 20, 2016) – In poignant and timely demonstrations of music’s capacity to offer solace and reflection, orchestras across the country are spontaneously organizing impromptu concerts and events when tragedy strikes.

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New York, NY (July 12, 2016) – Beginning today, thirty-one participants from across the country and beyond will experience the League of American Orchestras’ ten-day immersive Essentials of Orchestra Management program in Los Angeles. The program, presented in association with The University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program (ARTL) and hosted by USC Thornton School of Music, has long been considered an entrée into understanding the complexities of the orchestra field, and a critical means of building a network of peers helpful throughout one’s career.

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New York, NY (July 11, 2016) – Lester Abberger, Pratichi Shah, and Nathaniel J. Sutton have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. The League is a membership organization comprised of more than 2,000 orchestras and individuals from across North America.

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New York, NY (July 6, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras' 71st National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, has attracted notice from the field and beyond for its urgent and unflinching focus on diversity and inclusion in America's orchestras. Nearly 1,000 orchestra stakeholders – orchestra managers, musicians, staff, trustees, and volunteers – from across the country attended the Conference, titled "The Richness of Difference." This was the first time a League Conference took place in Baltimore, and also the first time a Conference was devoted to the topic of diversity.

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New York, NY (May 12, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras’ 2016 National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, will focus on orchestra diversity and inclusion, offering expert speakers from within the field and beyond, as well as a series of plenary and elective sessions on diversifying orchestra musicians, boards of directors, audiences, and the workplace. The Conference will welcome orchestra managers, musicians, staff, trustees, and volunteers from across the U.S.; it is the first League Conference to take place in Baltimore.

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New York, NY (May 4, 2016) – Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) executive director Kris Sinclair will be presented with the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11. Sinclair, who is retiring this year after thirty-one years at ACSO’s helm, will receive the award at the League’s Annual Meeting, June 10, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

 

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New York, NY (April 22, 2016) – When blind auditions for musicians were implemented in the 1970s, a vast shift in the gender balance of American orchestras commenced. Today, male-female parity at U.S. orchestras is nearly even. Yet women players remain concentrated in traditionally "female" instruments like harp, violin, and flute. In the Spring issue of Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras, Heidi Waleson examines the reasons behind the phenomenon, speaking with female musicians and revealing that growing numbers of women are taking up traditionally "male" instruments, often as principals and section leaders.

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New York, NY (April 21, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras has selected five exemplary orchestra musicians to receive The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities.

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New York, NY (March 10, 2016) – Five conductors have been selected to participate in the League of American Orchestras’ 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. On Wednesday, May 11 in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, they will lead the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony and receive guidance and mentoring from Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, himself a Preview alum. The League’s prestigious showcase spotlights talented conductors poised for music directorships and staff conducting positions at America’s orchestras, bringing them to the attention of search committees, orchestra administrators and artist managers.

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New York, NY (February 9, 2016) – How are American orchestras addressing the vital issues of diversity and inclusion? What’s it like to be one of very few musicians of color in an orchestra? Five distinguished African-American orchestra professionals offer their thoughts in a candid and compelling roundtable discussion with League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen, the cover story of the current edition of Symphony, the League’s award-winning magazine.

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New York, NY (January 26, 2016) – Twenty-two orchestras from across the United States have been selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. (read entire release)(read program descriptions)

 

 

New York, NY (January 13, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras’ Board of Directors has announced the organization’s blueprint for the future: Creativity, Engagement, Impact: The League of American Orchestras’ Strategic Plan, 2016-2020 (http://www.americanorchestras.org/strategy).

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