About Us

The League of American Orchestras champions the vitality of music and the orchestral experience, supports the orchestra community, and leads change boldly. The only national organization dedicated to orchestras and their communities, the League supports the field through advocacy, research, convenings, leadership development, artistic programs, and grants. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League includes nearly 25,000 musicians, conductors, orchestra staff, board members, volunteers, and business partners working within our membership of 1,600 world-renowned orchestras, community groups, summer festivals, student and youth ensembles, conservatories and libraries, businesses serving orchestras, and individuals who love symphonic music.  

Our Vision

A thriving future for orchestras and their communities that celebrates creativity, artistry, and inclusion.

Our Mission

To champion the vitality of music and the orchestral experience, support the orchestra community, and lead change boldly.

Our Commitments

As an organization and as individuals, we affirm the following commitments in our work together:

  • Service: We support our members and those who contribute to the orchestral experience.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion: We embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamentals, valuing the richness of difference, centering marginalized voices, and creating a supportive environment for all.
  • Advocacy: We champion the orchestral field and tell the story of its impact.
  • Leadership: We lead bravely, with transparency, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Respect: We welcome divergent views, assuming others’ good intent while considering the impact of our words and actions.
  • Creativity: Inspired by the artistry in our field, we strive for innovation and continuous improvement in our programs, practices, and culture.
  • Accountability: We set ambitious expectations and we deliver on what we promise.

We work together for a common cause.  

Commitments to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Home Page Photo Credit: Grant Park Music Festival

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