President and CEO

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Jesse Rosen
President and CEO, League of American Orchestras

Since becoming President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in 2008, Jesse Rosen has been a leading voice for the League’s more than 2,000 member organizations and individuals, empowering them with knowledge and perspective to navigate a rapidly changing environment.

Under Rosen’s leadership, the League has advocated for orchestras’ deeper engagement with community, renewed efforts to address diversity, greater discipline in relation to fiscal health, increased use of data to inform decision-making, and widespread engagement with composers. He has increased the League’s impact by building partnerships with organizations such as New Music USA, BoardSource, the Thornton School of Music at USC, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and has given voice to America’s orchestras through his public statements, Huffington Post blog, Symphony magazine column, national media interviews, and international appearances.

During his nineteen-year tenure at the League, Rosen has been instrumental in overseeing the League’s renewed focus on developing longitudinal research benefitting the entire orchestra field, and has created new programs and initiatives in the areas of diversity, artistry, leadership development, governance, capitalization, and community engagement, including Ford Made in America, the largest-ever orchestra commissioning consortium; the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service; Music Alive, supporting composer residencies; and the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, promoting experimentation and innovation.

There has been an exponential increase in the number of members benefitting from League programs and initiatives, as well as an upturn in the profile of orchestras among the nation’s cultural, policy, and opinion leaders. Under his direction, the League has been a catalyst for the orchestra field’s collective action around diversity and inclusion, including the drive to increase participation of musicians from underrepresented communities through a number of endeavors – an annual Forum, national task forces, an online resource center, and more.

Rosen serves on the boards of the American Composers Orchestra and the Performing Arts Alliance, and is a member of the National Center for Arts Research Board of Advisors. He speaks regularly at major arts convenings, and is a frequent guest of conservatories and schools of music. Rosen is a lifelong musician and experienced orchestra executive who has served as general manager of the Seattle Symphony, executive director of the American Composers Orchestra in New York City, and orchestra manager of the New York Philharmonic. A trombonist, Rosen received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and pursued graduate studies at The Juilliard School.


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