Audio and Video

A Call to Action
Acting Up: Urgent Civic Priorities
After-School Programs: Learning from the Getty Orchestras
Building Community Through Music-Making

Education/Community Engagement Meetings

Engaging College Students in Classical Music
Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit
Get a Grip on the New Music Education Ecosystem
Health and Wellness Programs: Learning from the Getty Orchestras


A Call to Action

We share a belief in the power of music as a force for good. Clive Gillinson issues a “call to action” for an integrated approach to our organizations as ones that serve music and our wider communities as a single unified mission.

Read more at SymphonyNOW.


Acting Up: Urgent Civic Priorities

Unlock your orchestra’s untapped potential to address the most pressing civic challenges and opportunities in your community. Explore how organizations like yours are finding the resources and courage to use the power of music to respond to public priorities like homelessness, hunger, our returning vets, and other issues that matter so much.

You will learn: 1) the steps needed to identify your community’s needs that can be served by your orchestra’s unique capacity; 2) real-time examples of orchestras delivering relevant civic impact; 3) recommendations for framing a discussion within your orchestra that can lead to action.

Warren W. Hyer, executive director, Central Ohio Symphony; Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Kayla Skinner deputy director for education & public programs, adjunct curator, Seattle Art Museum; Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose chairman of education, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sarah Johnson, director, Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall


After-School Programs: Learning from the Getty Orchestras

The League's Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program helped single out orchestras which offer after-school programs that align musical and social goals. These programs are seeing strong results. Learn more about these programs and
explore what you can do in your own community.

Learn more about the League's Getty grants and view a full list of recipients here.

James M. Johnson, president & CEO, Omaha Symphony
Leslie Scheuler, PhD, president, LS Associates, LLC (Presentation) | (Video)
Dalouge Smith, president & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory (Presentation) | (Video)
Theodore Wiprud, vice president, education, The Sue B. Mercy Chair, New York Philharmonic
Diane Wittry, music director and conductor, Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Presentation)


Building Community Through Music-Making

Artists are finding new ways to redefine community and are approaching cultural diplomacy in ways we rarely consider. We are all looking to build community—break down those cross-cultural boundaries and learn through participation. This session will look at some shining examples, exploring what's possible, doable, affordable, and—most importantly—successful.

Jim Holt, manager, member engagement, League of American Orchestras
Tod Machover, composer
Chris Marianetti, cofounder & artistic director, Found Sound Nation
Marc Thayer, deputy director, Association of American Voices
Kate Wilkinson, executive director, National Music Day Foundation


Education/Community Engagement Meetings

Monday, June 17

Strategic Alignment

Strategic planning is a periodic necessity, like aligning the wheels on a car. The current team from board to staff to musicians needs to have a single understanding of the role of educati on and community engagement in the institution’s mission and brand. But a strategy is just a reference point: every program and project needs to answer to that strategy

Pam French Blaine, vice president, education and community engagement, The Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Kelly Dylla, vice president of education and community engagement, Seattle Symphony
Aimee Halbruner, director of education and community engagement, Richmond Symphony

Theodore Wiprud, vice president, education, New York Philharmonic

Administrative Alignment

This presentation demonstrates how the St. Louis Symphony team re-imagined and restructured their administrative structure so that the public relations, communications, education, and community programs departments have been combined as external affairs.

Maureen Byrne, director of community programs, St. Louis Symphony
Adam Crane, vice president for external affairs, St. Louis Symphony
Dacy Gillespie, director of education, St. Louis Symphony

Musician Alignment

Leveraging your musicians’ talents and interests means getting to know them as people. Find out how the STL Symphony is able to have over 85% of musicians participating in community, education, and PR initiatives.

STL Symphony External Affairs department and musicians

Tuesday, June 18

Exploring Cross-Cultural Engagement

The arts have long been known to unite people of different languages, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and even stages of life. In this session, we’ll take a look at what 2 orchestras do to engage cross-culturally in their communities, and we’ll hear from American Voices, an organization that provides cultural exchange through the performing arts and education in nations emerging from conflict and isolation. What might cross-cultural diplomacy look like in our own communities? What principles and practices might be transferable to the work that we do each day with our diverse youth, families and educators?

Sarah Burman, director of operations and education, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (Presentation)
Anne Cushing-Reid, senior director of community engagement and learning, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Presentation)
Marc Thayer, deputy director, Association of American Voices

Wednesday, June 19

Imagining the Future

Futurist Garry Golden imagines what orchestras and their communities will look like ten years from now.


Engaging College Students in Classical Music

Young adults in college represent a critical segment of the future audience for classical music. The musical experiences they have during these formative years lay the groundwork for a lifetime of musical involvement. What programming and engagement strategies might orchestras use to better reach college students? Learn from new research funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Our discussion will highlight exemplary practices in student engagement, and explore ticketing, marketing, and programming strategies that are likely to surmount the many barriers that stand between college students and a deeper relationship with classical music.

Student Engagement Study

Alan Brown, principal, WolfBrown Associates
Joe Clifford, audience engagement director, Hopkins Center for the Arts Dartmouth College
Hollis Headrick, principal, Arts and Cultural Strategies


Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

As the generations change, new challenges arise for nonprofits in the areas of staff, board, finance, marketing, technology and the people the organization serves. In this hands-on discussion, Peter Brinkerhoff, author, consultant, and trainer, explores how each of the key generations—Greatest, Silent, Boomers, GenX, and GenY—affect your nonprofit and how you can get ahead of the generation change curve. You can also view the PowerPoint that accompanies this presentation.

Peter Brinckerhoff, author, consultant, trainer


Get a Grip on the New Music Education Ecosystem

The time for simply lamenting the end to public music education’s heyday is over (It’s been at least 40 years!). There’s real strength and power to what arts education is accomplishing in our nation’s schools. But it is, in fact, accessible to too few students. Learn how orchestras can take action, both through programmatic work and your advocacy, to create a sea-change in music education for future generations.

You will learn: 1) an understanding of how orchestras connect to the latest education trends, including Common Core and the new National Arts Standards; 2) the know-how to access data that supports the music education claims we make to funders and community leaders; 3) a re-imagined idea of how board, volunteers, staff, and musicians can make a real difference.

Resources:

Scott Jones, senior associate for research and policy, Arts Education Partnership; Una McAlinden, executive director, ArtsEd Washington; Dalouge Smith, president & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory; Susy Watts, planning, research, and evaluation consultant


Heath and Wellness Programs: Learning from the Getty Orchestras

Through the League's Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program we've identified orchestras that are doing outstanding work in healthcare settings. Working with hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers, these orchestras are
partnering with medical professionals to make a difference in their communities. Learn about these inspiring programs and explore what you can do in your community.

Learn more about the League's Getty grants and view a full list of recipients here.

Jessica Balboni, director of learning programs, League of American Orchestras
Jennifer Barnett, director of education and community partnerships, Knoxville Symphony (Presentation)
Dr. Cynthia Briggs, director, Music Therapy Program, Maryville University (Presentation)
Maureen Byrne, community programs manager, St. Louis Symphony
Lisa Dixon, executive director, Portland Symphony Orchestra (Presentation)
Crystal Weaver, CRC, MT-BC, music therapist, Saint Louis University Cancer Center (Presentation)