75th Anniversary Stories

Catch our board chair and others describing what the organization means to them. Check back here as more videos will be added. 

Douglas Hagerman on How Orchestras Benefit from Membership in the League

Douglas M. Hagerman, incoming chair of the League of American Orchestras and past-chair of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, shares his thoughts on how orchestras benefit from membership in the League.


Aaron Flagg on Why the League is Essential

Aaron Flagg, D.M.A., Chair & Associate Director, Julliard Jazz Studies, The Julliard School; Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras, speaks about the importance of the League of American Orchestras.


Alan Valentine Wishes the League a Happy Anniversary

Alan Valentine, President and CEO, Nashville Symphony Orchestra


 Brenda Marie Turney, Alumni, League's Essentials of Orchestra Management


Sara Mummey on How the League Creates a Community, Helping Orchestra Constituents Connect and Create Peer Groups

Sara Mummey, Executive Director, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras


Alan Jordan on how the League brings orchestras from across the country together to work towards common goals

Alan Jordan, Executive Director, Delaware Symphony Orchestra

75th Anniversary Testimonials

"Our first participation in a conference was in Washington, D.C. I went with our orchestra treasurer and his wife.  It was an eye opening experience that gave us the tools to increase our funding, improve our administrative team, engage more volunteers, and raise our musical standard.  We are very appreciative of the work of the League in supporting orchestras throughout the country, even smaller community orchestras like ours.  Wishing the League a very productive 75th anniversary," 

Sara Penny, Past President, Orchestra of Southern Utah

"Earlier this Fall, our organization got word that our Executive Director was one of 11 people picked to be in the League's Emerging Leaders program. Having a staff of 3 and one of them being picked to represent us in this way brought so much joy and confidence to our organization. We are in the midst of finding our new Maestro/Music Director and getting that recognition from the League showed us that we are amongst a greater team of people who are passionate about music and the importance of it in our day and age."

Rachel Hansen, Director of Marketing and Special Events, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

"The League has been a wonderful resource for the Central Ohio Symphony. Not only it its meetings, resources and industry information and defining trends, but also the extraordinary opportunity to develop and support programs of change in our community. Two projects in particular stand out, the first being the Ford Made in America program and being awarded a residency Joseph Schwantner for Chasing Light… That experience changed way we interact and defined a new mission for the Symphony in our community. The second were the Getty Education and Community Investment grants. We were awarded three for a groundbreaking program of therapeutic drumming in the local court system. It has brought tremendous good to those in need, recognition to our organization and lead to our presenting at several League national conferences."

Warren Hyer, Executive Director, Central Ohio Symphony