Schedule

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pre-Con: EdCE Half-Day Meeting

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:00 pm 6:00 pm $75

Location: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Education and Community Engagement personnel, please join us for an extra half day of professional development on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 before Conference officially begins. We’ll examine Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s interdisciplinary school partnership program, CSO-Connect; hear about a variety of other orchestra-school partnerships throughout the country; and spend time exploring how we can best respond to community needs and what we can learn from a few peer examples. Location and further details to come.

Speakers: Catherine Beeson, director of community and education programs, Colorado Symphony; Katy Clusen, manager of School and Family Programs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Caitlin Daly, education director, New Haven Symphony; John Elliott, director of education and community engagement, Portland Symphony Orchestra; James Hall, manager, community programs & Civic Orchestra Engagement, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Danielle Johnson, manager of learning and wellness, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Ahmad Mayes, director of education & community engagement, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan McCormick, director of education & The Negaunee Music Institute, Chicago Symphony; Hillarie O’Toole, manager, learning & engagement programs, Carnegie Hall; Laura Reynolds, vice president of education and community engagement, Seattle Symphony; Kathryn Schwarzmann, director of education & community engagement, Madison Symphony Orchestra; Jon Weber, director, School & Family Programs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Rebecca Whitney, director of education, Milwaukee Symphony; Paul Wiggin, trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Amanda Wuerstlin, director of education and community engagement, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

The education and community engagement half day meeting is at capacity – please contact Member Relations with your complete contact information if you would like to be placed on a waitlist in the event more space becomes available.

This pre-conference meeting is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track. 

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On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:30 pm 6:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration Area.

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:10 pm 11:00 pm $25

Location: Guaranteed Rate Field*

Join us for a fun night of baseball.

*Ballpark is accessible by public transportation (Sox/35th Red Line Stop)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration Area.

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

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Donor Desk

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 4:00 pm

Have you already made a gift to the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 Annual Fund? If so, stop by the Donor Desk to pick up your Chicago 2018 pin, recognizing your support of the League.

If not… it’s not too late! Visit the Donor Desk or make a gift online at americanorchestras.org/donate.

*As part of League Giving Day, we will have a satellite donor desk open in the Symphony Center main lobby (3:45pm-4:15pm; 5:15pm-6:00pm)

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Pre-Con: Creating Compelling Content on Facebook and YouTube

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Indiana Room, Third Floor

With a constant stream of social content fighting for people’s attention, how well are you reaching your audience online? This workshop will give you the tools you need to create compelling content—whether you have unlimited resources or a shoe-string budget. Through guided exercises and collaborative discussion, you will learn how to find your social voice and empower your constituents to share their stories. This session will also include tips for creating great advertising content through these channels, so you can put your content to work for you.

Speakers: Shira Dickstein, Capacity Interactive; Ashley Dunn Gatterdam, Vice President, Client Strategy, Capacity Interactive; Becky Ludkiewicz, Consultant

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Foundations of Collective Bargaining

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $50*

Location: Logan Room, Third Floor

Presented by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, this seminar is a half-day introductory course to the essential elements of best collective bargaining and negotiation practices. What are the roles of the various members of the committees? Proposals, counters, caucuses, sidebars, etc.—what do these terms mean? This seminar will be an informative discussion of the basic skills necessary to be an effective bargaining team member and clarify the various steps in the collective bargaining process.

Speakers: Rosa Tiscareno, commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track.

*Fee to defray food and beverage cost

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Interrupting Implicit Bias

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Madison Room, Third Floor

Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic within your workplace given our current political climate? Could your orchestra or community benefit from heightened awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making?

This interactive Pre-Conference session will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to address them. The facilitator will lead interactive presentations and exercises to raise awareness about where biases come from—essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in—as well as a discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others. Participants will explore scenarios they may encounter in their orchestras and practice engaging in these situations more pro-actively given the unconscious biases that may otherwise influence our actions.

Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Workshop
  • Opening Exercise: Raising Awareness About Implicit Bias
  • Stereotyping Exercise and Discussion
  • The Implicit Association Test: Learning about Mental Shortcuts
  • Strategies for Counteracting Bias
  • “Interrupting” Bias: Small Group Exercises
  • Concluding Comments, Questions, and Wrap Up

Facilitator: Audrey J. Lee is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLP and Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and training in all areas of dispute resolution.

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Major Campaigns, Major Considerations

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Wilson Room, Third Floor

Is your organization considering embarking on a capital or endowment campaign? In this seminar, we will analyze many of the important factors that go into initiating major fundraising campaigns, such as board readiness, staff requirements and workloads, and determining a campaign’s scope. We will examine these important elements through case studies of real industry examples and review the challenges peer organizations have faced during the course of their campaigns. Through the case studies, you will learn to critically evaluate timelines, to consider how projects should be determined, and how campaigns can affect annual giving.

Speakers: Bob Swaney, founder & CEO, Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. 

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Toolkit for Conductors

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Marshfield Room, Third Floor

Co-presented with the Conductors Guild, this seminar will center on topics important to conductors with ten plus years of experience. We’ll demystify the music director selection process and explore strategies for stimulating your own artistic growth through various forms of continuing education. Additionally, the seminar will provide resources to help conductors manage their personal brands and successfully communicate with boards, executives, and orchestra staff.

Speakers: John Farrer, music director, Roswell Symphony Orchestra; Delta David Gier, music director, South Dakota Symphony; Jim Hirsch, principal consultant, Chicago Sinfonietta; Susan Lape, executive director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Matthew Oberstein, vice president, Opus 3 Artists; Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director, Chicago Opera Theater

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:30 am 5:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

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Volunteer Leadership Can Be Child’s Play

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:30 am 12:45 pm $50

Location: Crystal Room, Third Floor

Networking Lunch will feature Volunteer Council sustainer Jo Ellen Saylor leading a dynamic and interactive presentation. Discover how classic toys can relate to volunteer leadership characteristics.

Speakers: Jo Ellen Saylor

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New Attendee Orientation

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:00 pm 12:30 pm

Location: Honore Ballroom, Lobby Level

Come join the League of American Orchestras staff, meet other first time attendees, get your questions answered, and discover how to get the most out of your League of American Orchestras Conference experience.

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Ticket/Voucher Exchange

Session Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

For Reserved Grant Park Music Festival Passes

If you purchased reserve seating for the Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night Performance on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue passes for the performance.

Any vouchers not redeemed during these hours will be held at a table designated for the League next to the Patron Service Center located between the Chase Promenade and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and may be picked up before the performance. We encourage you to arrive early, as there will be security checkpoints in the park.

For Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tickets

If you purchased concert tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert for Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative from the CSO box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra box office and may be picked up before the performance, however, we strongly encourage you to exchange your vouchers for tickets during the allotted hours in the exhibit hall.

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Opening Session: Creating the Greatest Impact

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:00 pm 2:15 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom, Fourth Floor

The 73rd National Conference launches with a keynote by Vijay Gupta, an acclaimed violinist and a passionate advocate for artistic voices at the center of social justice. Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007, and in 2011 founded Street Symphony, a group of professional musicians in Los Angeles who work with communities experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and incarceration. Gupta believes in the potential for musicians and musical institutions to engage with the world as change agents through performance, music pedagogy, and social justice. In this opening keynote, Gupta shares the inspirations that influence and shape his artistry and civic service.

Speakers: Vijay Gupta, violinist, Los Angeles Philharmonic, founder, Street Symphony

The Opening Session is generously sponsored by Broadcast Music, Inc. and TRG Arts. 

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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Beyond the Org Chart: Everyone Leads

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:15 pm 3:30 pm

Location: Honore Ballroom, Lobby Level

This session explores how leaders of all stripes can advance complex projects no matter where they are in the organizational chart. Through insights from experts inside and outside of the field, participants will learn how to build a portfolio of interpersonal skills—such as negotiation, influence, and executive presence—that can maximize their effectiveness as a leader.

Speakers: John McCann, principal, Partners in Performance

This session is sponsored by RATstands Ltd.

This session is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track.

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Constituency Meetings

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 pm 3:45 pm

Throughout the Conference you’ll gather together for stimulating meetings with those who best understand the challenges of your position: your peers. Whether you’re working at an orchestra as an executive director, board member, volunteer, staff, or musician, there is learning designed specifically for you.

Agendas to come.

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Free Consultations

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 pm 3:50 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Book a Free NEA Consultation with Music Specialist Court Burns

Take advantage of an individual consultation opportunity with music specialist, Court Burns, from the National Endowment for the Arts during Conference. These free 20-minute appointments are a valuable opportunity for League Conference attendees to meet with an NEA representative to discuss a project that is currently receiving NEA support, or to talk through your plans for applying for an Art Works or Challenge America grant. Appointments are required, and the schedule is often completely filled prior to Conference, so please act quickly and contact Najean Lee at nlee@americanorchestras.org to make your appointment!

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Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 pm 3:45 pm

Location: Center for Black Music Research, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Sixth Floor

This session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. If you wish to attend, please RSVP here. 

This is an interactive, hands-on session showcasing the instrumental scores of Afro-descendent composers as part of a visit to the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) library and archives.

The Center for Black Music Research is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago that is devoted to documentation, research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history and current expressions of Black music on a global scale.

In this special tour and workshop, participants will explore and examine the CBMR’s extensive archival holdings—including manuscript scores, non-commercial recordings, and unique documents—related to the history of classical music throughout the African Diaspora. We will use these resources in a discussion on best practices in programming Black music alongside pieces from the standard repertoire and in conjunction with repertoire expansion initiatives. The session will also offer guidelines on how to utilize the CBMR’s resources as well as practical tips on how to identify repertoire options for your season planning.

Speakers: Laurie Moses, archivist and digital librarian, Center for Black Music Research; Melanie Zeck, research fellow, Center for Black Music Research; Managing Editor, Black Music Research Journal

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track. 

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All-Delegate Reception

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Join your friends and colleagues in the Exhibit Area for this annual reception.

Garcia Carrion Winery is generously sponsoring wine at the All-Delegate Reception. 

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Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Free or $25*

Location: Millennium Park—Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

Sean Shepherd – Magiya
Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 99
William Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Dashon Burton, Baritone

*$25 for a reserved seat in the membership area, or free on the lawn, first-come, first-served. Limit 200 reserved seats in the membership area.

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Volunteer Dine-Around

Session Date Start Time End Time Additional Cost
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:30 pm 9:00 pm Pay Your Own Way

This is a great opportunity to meet and network with volunteers before Conference begins!

Dine-Around options:

Remington’s
A classic American grill, taking great American dishes and elevating them; serving incredible steaks, prime rib, Berkshire pork, and more including sushi and a raw bar (six oyster varieties daily).

Mercat a la Planxa
A swanky setting overlooking Grant Park serving tapas inspired by Spain’s Calatan region, featuring cut-to-order charcuterie, cheeses, paella, fresh seafood, steaks, and chops; and Spanish influenced cocktails ranging from seasonally inspired sangria, inventive cocktails, and an extensive collection of Spanish cava and wines.

Trattoria No. 10
Dine in an atmosphere of subdued elegance with arched walkways, murals, and original art serving classic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair. This Chicago favorite since 1989 serves daily specialties including unique, homemade ravioli, rustic pastas, freshly prepared risotto, fresh fish selections, and grilled filet of beef.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

League Giving Day

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 am 11:59 pm

Today marks our 2nd Annual League Giving Day!

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by midnight tonight to support the League’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and help us continue to support you and your orchestra in creating the greatest impact for your community.

Donate online at americanorchestras.org/donate or visit the Donor Desk located on the 4th floor of the Palmer House (8:00am-2:45pm) and at Symphony Center (3:45pm-6:00pm)

Also at the Donor Desk…find out about gifts and opportunities that are exclusive to attendees of the League’s 73rd National Conference.

*As part of League Giving Day, we will have a satellite donor desk open in the Symphony Center main lobby (3:45pm-4:15pm; 5:15pm-6:00pm)

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Exhibit Area

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

Full session description »

On-Site Registration

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration Area.

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

Full session description »

Donor Desk

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:00 am 2:45 pm

Have you already made a gift to the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 Annual Fund? If so, stop by the Donor Desk to pick up your Chicago 2018 pin, recognizing your support of the League.

If not… it’s not too late! Visit the Donor Desk or make a gift online at americanorchestras.org/donate.

*As part of League Giving Day, we will have a satellite donor desk open in the Symphony Center main lobby (3:45pm-4:15pm; 5:15pm-6:00pm)

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All Aboard: Tactics for Building and Sustaining a Diverse Board

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

Diversity at the board level is fundamental to the health and success of an inclusive arts organization. Yet, for many orchestras, it remains an elusive goal. Join us to hear directly from board members representing a variety of backgrounds about the identification, cultivation, and retention strategies that have been resonant in engaging and supporting them as board members. Explore the influence of organizational culture and messaging. And, leave better equipped to engage and center the voices of individuals from across the communities you serve in the vital work of governance.

Resources:

Board Room-Aiming for Board Room Diversity
If Your Board Looked Like Your Community
League Diversity Research Reports

Speakers: Althea Alviar Lee, board member, Chicago Sinfonietta; Pratichi Shah, president and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions; Henry Turner, board chair, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Sheila Williams, board member, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This session is generously sponsored by An Evening with Jorge Calandrelli, Legendary Arranger to the Stars.

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Championing Women Composers

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 12, Third Floor

Join us for a deep dive into the challenges, successes, and experiences shared by some of America’s leading women composers. Participants will include national winners of the League’s Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras administered by American Composers Orchestra with support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. They will be joined by leading women composers in the greater Chicago area and will also participate in the discussion. This roundtable discussion will provide insight into the women’s professional journeys, key lessons learned, and a discussion about how we can provide more opportunities, resources, and equity for women composers.

Speakers: Stacy Garrop, composer; Robin Holcomb, composer; Chen-Hui Jen, composer; Wang Jie, composer; Tania J. León, composer, conductor, distinguished professor, CUNY; Andreia Pinto-Correia, composer; Shulamit Ran, Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Music; Artistic Director, Contempo (the Contemporary Chamber Players), The University of Chicago; Augusta Read Thomas, composer; Andrea Reinkemeyer, composer; Xi Wang, composer; Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director, Chicago Opera Theater

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Made possible by generous grants from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Joyce Foundation.

Sponsored by WFMT Radio Network.

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Growing Loyalty with a Commitment to Free Admission

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Wabash Room, Third Floor

Increasingly, orchestras are providing free events in parks, pubs, and other locations to raise brand awareness and to draw new or larger crowds. How do we deepen the loyalty and engagement of those patrons? The Grant Park Music Festival has had great success doing just that, by building a membership program that grows loyalty, even while maintaining its founding charter of free concerts for all.

Speakers: Kate Hagen, senior consultant, TRG Arts

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

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Messages that Matter

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Red Lacquer, Fourth Floor

Effectively communicating how your orchestra delivers on the expectations of community stakeholders is key to gaining essential support of funders and the wider public. This session unpacks the data-driven strategies coming out of Creating Connection, a national research and communications initiative that is rooted in understanding and sharing the values that inspire people to participate in arts, culture, and creativity. We’ll also explore the League’s hands-on public value messaging resources in use by orchestras.

Resources:

Creating Connection Framework
Creating Connection: Applying the Message Guide
Creating Connection: Amplifying Experiences
League Public Value Toolkit
Creating Connection

Speakers: Sara Mason, development director, Eugene Symphony; Lindsey McCarthy, marketing & communications director, Eugene Symphony; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Anne Romens, program director, creating connection Arts Midwest, Arts Midwest

This session is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track.

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PLATFORM | The Orchestra in Society

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Empire Room, Lobby Level

PLATFORM is a curated salon of experimental initiatives that probe new modes of engagement and inquiry. There are two sessions, The Orchestra in Society and Frontiers: Risk + Reward, each of which offers a portfolio of initiatives that demonstrate the breadth of innovation in orchestras today and present alternative futures of vibrancy, ranging from new marketing strategies to programming innovation that puts community voices at center stage.

Each of the sessions challenges us to redraw the boundaries of the field and provides signposts to alternate futures. By interweaving these approaches, a new understanding of the orchestra field emerges—one that reconsiders our assumptions about the roles of repertoire, administration, and audience.

The League has long been a champion of innovation in the field, and this survey samples the breadth of courage and creativity that our members demonstrate.

Speakers: Aubrey Bergauer, executive director, California Symphony; Akshay Dinakar, founder & director NYO-U, Carnegie Hall; Hollis Hudak, senior director or education and community engagement, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Eric B. Javier, principal & managing director, New York CSS Fundraising; James Roe, president & executive director, Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Adrienne Thompson, talent development program manger, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track.

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Project Inclusion: Leadership Pipelines on Stage and in Management

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Honore Ballroom, Lobby Level

Learn about Chicago Sinfonietta’s talent pipeline model, Project Inclusion. This program identifies and trains musicians, conductors, and administrative leaders of color. Hear from the participants and alumni about their successes and challenges, the impact on their career trajectory, and what it could mean for the orchestral field more broadly.

Speakers: Kalena Bovell, project inclusion alum, Civic Orchestra of New Haven; Karla Galva; Kellan Gray, departing assistant conductor, Chicago Sinfonietta, incoming assistant conductor, Charleston Symphony Orchestra; Roslyn Green, civic orchestra fellow, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; Hilary Mercer, project inclusion manager, Chicago Sinfonietta; Courtney Perkins, chief operating officer, Chicago Sinfonietta; Marlea Simpson, violinist, Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Social Impact Beyond the Concert Hall: A Musicians’ Panel

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 3, Third Floor

In this session, recipients of the League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service and other musicians share how they are using their musical resources to improve the lives of others beyond the concert hall. They’ll discuss their work in hospitals, educational settings, and special musical projects that make a significant impact in their communities.

Speakers: Jeffrey Barker, associate principal flute, Seattle Symphony; John R. Beck, principal percussion, Winston-Salem Symphony; Jody Chaffee, community engagement director, flute, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Erin Hannigan, principal oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Ahmad Mayes, director of community engagement & learning, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Juan R. Ramírez Hernández, violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Made possible by a generous grant from Ford Motor Company Fund.

This session is sponsored by Partners in Performance.

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Trends in Arts Grantmaking

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Chicago Room, Fifth Floor

What are the grantmaking trends affecting cultural organizations in the United States today? What are the implications of these trends for your orchestra? Panelists from leading foundations will discuss their current funding priorities and emerging areas of interest, and offer insights about how orchestras can secure support in an increasingly competitive environment. 

Speakers: Ann Meier Baker, director of music & opera, National Endowment for the Arts; Susan Feder, program officer, performing arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Marian Godfrey, cultural advisor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Moderators: David Chambers, vice president for development, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

Robert Swaney Consulting is generously sponsoring this session.

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Coffee Break

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:00 am 11:00 am

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Get to know your fellow delegates at this coffee break in the Exhibit Area.

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Ticket/Voucher Exchange

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

For Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tickets

If you purchased concert tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert for Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative from the CSO box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra box office and may be picked up before the performance, however, we strongly encourage you to exchange your vouchers for tickets during the allotted hours in the exhibit hall.

Full session description »

Free Consultations

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:10 am 3:40 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Book a Free NEA Consultation with Music Specialist Court Burns

Take advantage of an individual consultation opportunity with music specialist, Court Burns, from the National Endowment for the Arts during Conference. These free 20-minute appointments are a valuable opportunity for League Conference attendees to meet with an NEA representative to discuss a project that is currently receiving NEA support, or to talk through your plans for applying for an Art Works or Challenge America grant. Appointments are required, and the schedule is often completely filled prior to Conference, so please act quickly and contact Najean Lee at nlee@americanorchestras.org to make your appointment!

Book a Free Digital Media Consultant with Electronic Media Consultant Joe Kluger

Joe Kluger, the League’s electronic media consultant, will be available during the Chicago Conference to meet with representatives of League member orchestras for 30 minutes each to discuss any strategic or practical electronic media issues. To arrange a private conversation, which will be scheduled on June 14 or 15 on a first-come, first-served basis, please indicate your availability on this doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/dfic89eg8cfs932n.

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Anticipated, Personal, and Relevant: A Guide to Email Marketing

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Chicago Room, Fifth Floor

While no longer new and shiny, email is one of the most important channels for connecting with constituents. Email is consistently reported as among the top channels for driving sales, engagement, and ROI. When executed well, email marketing allows you to connect directly with the people who care most about your organization in a segmented and highly personal way. Best-selling author and “permission marketing” proponent Seth Godin says all email should be “anticipated, personal and relevant.” Do your emails check these boxes? In this session, we will dig into email marketing best practices and case studies from inside and outside of the arts.

Speakers: Ashley Dunn Gatterdam, vice president, client strategy, Capacity Interactive

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

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Composers + Orchestras: Evolving for Relevance

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Salons 5 and 8, Third Floor

Join New Music USA and Music Alive partners to explore the roles and relationships of composers and new music within the orchestra world. Drawing on the experiences of the Music Alive cohort of composers, we will explore and identify creative solutions for enhancing and strengthening the composer and orchestra relationship. The session will begin with a series of speed-dating style one-on-one conversations with opportunity for large-group sharing near the end.

Speakers: Lembit Beecher, composer; Anna Clyne, composer; Stacy Garrop, composer; Ed Harsh, president and CEO, New Music USA; Hannibal Lokumbe, composer; Sam Reising, community platform strategist & grantmaking manager, New Music USA; Scott Winship, director of grantmaking programs, New Music USA; Theodore Wiprud, composer
This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Music Alive is made possible through a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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Crisis Communications for Orchestras

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Salon 12, Third Floor

In the time it takes to send a Tweet, 2.4 seconds, your orchestra can go from normal into crisis mode. Whether the crisis concerns finances, misconduct, or an incident in the concert hall, it’s wise to be prepared to protect your orchestra and your brand. Join Scott Farrell, President of Global Corporate Communications for Golin and one of the country’s leading experts on crisis communications, in an overview of the “Six Rs” that must be addressed in a time of crisis: Rapid Response, Responsibility, Regret, Restitution, Reform, and Resolution.

Speakers: Scott Farrell, president, Global Corporate Communications, GOLIN; Nick Nottoli, director, GOLIN

This session is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track.

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Diversity Forum: A Report on Field-wide Efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

For the past two years, 60 activists in orchestras and music education who are leading groundbreaking work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) came together at the League’s Conferences in Baltimore and Detroit to actively work on a variety of initiatives to promote a more diverse orchestral workforce. At this year’s Conference, the League has expanded the Diversity Forum into a full DEI track. Open to all Conference attendees, the DEI track aims to engage a wide cross-section of orchestras in DEI content and action.

This particular session will focus on sharing an update on emerging themes from the League’s 2018 DEI listening, learning, and planning process, cross-checking for relevance prior to the creation of a comprehensive report and plan. Programmatic outcomes of the work of the Diversity Task Forces will also be shared. These include efforts around the creation of a regranting program that will support orchestras in accessing DEI consultancy services; and the National Alliance for Audition Support, a consortium program led by Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League to deliver a coordinated and integrated array of support to pre- and early-professional Black and Latinx musicians.

Speakers: Ryan Blocker, program manager, Enrich Chicago; Afa S. Dworkin, president and artistic director, Sphinx Organization; John Damien Keiser, executive vice president and provost, New World Symphony; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Nina Sánchez, director, Enrich Chicago; Jessica Schmidt, principal consultant, Orchestrate Inclusion, senior advisor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the League of American Orchestras

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Impact is Everything: Building Your Next Gen Donor Pipeline

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Red Lacquer, Fourth Floor

Over the next 40 years, an estimated $41 trillion dollars will transfer from Baby Boomers to their heirs. Do you have a plan for getting next gen donors into your pipeline? This session will provide statistics, tactics, and tools for engaging and motivating next gen donors to support your orchestra.

Speakers: Bob Swaney, founder & CEO, Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. 

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

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PLATFORM | Frontiers: Risk + Reward

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Empire Room, Lobby Level

PLATFORM is a curated salon of experimental initiatives that probe new modes of engagement and inquiry. There are two sessions, The Orchestra in Society and Frontiers: Risk + Reward, each of which offers a portfolio of initiatives that demonstrate the breadth of innovation in orchestras today and present alternative futures of vibrancy, ranging from new marketing strategies to programming innovation that puts community voices at center stage.

Each of the sessions challenges us to redraw the boundaries of the field and provides signposts to alternate futures. By interweaving these approaches, a new understanding of the orchestra field emerges—one that reconsiders our assumptions about the roles of repertoire, administration, and audience.

The League has long been a champion of innovation in the field, and this survey samples the breadth of courage and creativity that our members demonstrate.

Speakers: David Fisk, executive director, Richmond Symphony; Eric Javier, principal & managing director, CSS Fundraising; Martin Majkut, music director, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Valley Symphony; Nina Moe, director of artist representation, Ariel Artists; James Roe, president & executive director, Orchestra of St. Luke’s

This session is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track.

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Up Close and Personal with Vijay Gupta

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Wabash Room, Third Floor

Vijay Gupta is among many orchestral musicians who create extraordinary music as well as demonstrable, positive social change. His Street Symphony is a stellar example of the marriage of orchestral music and social impact. Join this special follow-up interactive session with our opening plenary speaker for a chance to further explore his work and consider its significance for you and your orchestra.    

Speakers: Vijay Gupta, violinist, Los Angeles Philharmonic, founder, Street Symphony

This session is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track.

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“Culture isn’t just one aspect of the game, it is the game.”

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Salon 3, Third Floor

“Culture isn’t just one aspect of the game, it is the game.” That’s former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner echoing what virtually every business scholar and corporate leader knows: it’s all about organizational culture. John McCann, President of Partners in Performance, who has led dozens of orchestras and performing arts organizations on their journeys toward healthy and resilient cultures, shares principles and practices you can take back to your organization and implement right away.

Speakers: John McCann, principal, Partners in Performance

This session is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track.

This session is sponsored by Kamron Coleman Art.

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Luncheon Featuring Jennifer Koh and Ford Musician Awards

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:30 pm 2:00 pm $25

Location: Grand Ballroom, Fourth Floor

Join us for a performance and remarks by the adventurous and dazzling violinist Jennifer Koh, presentation of the League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service to Jeffrey Barker, associate principal flute, Seattle Symphony; John R. Beck, principal percussionist, Winston-Salem Symphony; Jody Chaffee, community engagement director, flue, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Erin Hannigan, principal oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Juan R. Ramírez Hernández, violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and—as part of the League Annual Meeting—remarks by League President and CEO Jesse Rosen and the new League Board Chair, Douglas M. Hagerman. WFMT’s David Polk will serve as emcee.

Speakers: Jennifer Koh, violinist

Emcee: David Polk, program director, WFMT

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation.

The Conference Luncheon is generously sponsored by Patron Manager.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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Artists, Repertoire, and Diversity

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:15 pm 3:30 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

How can orchestras balance the imperative to include under-represented artistic voices—composers, soloists, and conductors—with perceived or demonstrated competing preferences of core audiences? We will look at experiences of a few orchestras on this journey and delve into interactive discussions about how to navigate this tension.

Speakers: Andrés Ballesteros, composer / educator; Jeri Lynn Johnson, founder and artistic director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra; Anna Kuwabara, executive director, Albany Symphony; Mark Volpe, managing director, Boston Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This session is sponsored by Sciolino Artist Management.

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Constituency Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:15 pm 3:30 pm

Throughout the Conference you’ll gather together for stimulating meetings with those who best understand the challenges of your position: your peers. Whether you’re working at an orchestra as an executive director, board member, volunteer, staff, or musician, there is learning designed specifically for you.

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Getting to Goal: The Annual Development Plan for Small Budget Orchestras

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:15 pm 3:30 pm

Location: Wabash Room, Third Floor

As each new fiscal year stretches out before you, how do you set and reach your goals, especially if you’re a team of one, two, or three people? It all starts with planning. We’ll talk about strategies you can employ and how to think about ROI, metrics (what they are and how they help), and how small- and medium-sized shops divide and conquer to get it all done.

Speakers: John Hicks, principal, DLBHICKS, LLC

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

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Science, Beethoven, and Technology? New Ways for Audience Engagement

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:15 pm 3:30 pm

Location: Red Lacquer, Fourth Floor

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is the only orchestra to have received a National Science Foundation Grant to test whether informal science learning can occur among adults during a live orchestral performance in a concert hall environment. This session presents the findings of the study and offers participants a demonstration of the interactive technology that delivered program notes in real-time. The presentation also focuses on audience testing of the mobile app (ENCUE) to enhance the audience experience and provides information on the myriad uses for this, and similar forms of technology.

Speakers: Carol Bogash, president, Bogash Consulting: Creating Solutions in Arts and Education; Linda Dusman, co-founder, Octava LLC; Paul Meechman, president & CEO, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera; Eric Smallwood, co-founder, Octava LLC

This session is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track.

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History of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Innovation and Impact

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:30 pm 3:45 pm

Location: Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center, 67 E. Adams Street

CSO trumpeter John Hagstrom presents a look back through the history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s renowned brass section. He will highlight important developments and key musicians shaping the orchestra’s powerful and unified sonic impact and explain how it has been passed on through successive generations of CSO musicians. Several historic CSO brass instruments will be displayed, and Hagstrom will perform several selections on trumpets played by former CSO trumpeters going back 100 years and more.

Presenter: John Hagstrom, trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track. 

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General Session: Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras—Performance and Conversation

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Location: Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

While the road to success for every professional orchestral musician is unique, the journey to mastery requires an incredible network of devoted teachers, mentors, and advocates, as well as a field that is ready to welcome and retain the emerging talent. This comprehensive community of support is critical to unlocking the potential of young musicians of color and creating a more equitable environment at all stages of the musical and career development. In this session, we invite you to consider: What does an inclusive and equitable American orchestral landscape look like, and what roles can youth and professional orchestras play in enhancing and supporting a diverse talent pipeline?

We will look at the current pathway to professional careers in orchestras; how the ecosystem of music education and training presents opportunities and barriers to success; and the essential role that all orchestras can play in this continuum. In a conversation moderated by Jery Lynne Johnson (Founder and Artistic Director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), we’ll hear from Anthony McGill (Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Demarre McGill (Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony) about their musical training and career development, and how professional orchestras, youth orchestras, and music education organizations can work together to strengthen the pipeline and the pathway to an inclusive and equitable orchestra field. 

The session will feature the world premiere of a double concerto by Michael Abels, composer of the score to the film, Get Out. It will be performed by Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, conducted by Allen Tinkham, CYSO Music Director.

Speakers: Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic; Demarre McGill, principal flute, Seattle Symphony

Moderator: Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Performance Program:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group
Ivan Trevino – Catching Shadows

Patricia Dash and Douglas Waddell, Directors

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Michael Abels – Winged Creatures (world premiere)
Samuel Barber – Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, op. 9

Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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Acoustics Tour of the Pritzker Music Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 5:30 pm 6:15 pm

Location: Interested parties should meet at the far west side of the fixed seating area at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Now in its 15th year of operation, the Grant Park Music Festival and other orchestras have presented the splendor of symphonic music to approximately 5-million patrons at the Pritzker Music Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The acousticians for the project, TALASKE | Sound Thinking, will offer a backstage tour and explain the primary design features of the stage, orchestral risers, choral loft, and other design details implemented for the accommodation of symphony and choral performance. Additionally, the tour will include discussion regarding the first-of-its-kind acoustic enhancement audio system developed to create a concert hall experience outdoors.

Interested parties should meet at the far west side of the fixed seating area at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. If possible, please RSVP to jennifer@talaske.com.

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Concert

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:30 pm 8:30 pm FREE

Location: Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)

Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic presents
“Chicago Immigrant Stories” (World Premiere) 

Led by Emmy Award-winning composer, trumpeter and educator, Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic is a 60-member jazz symphonic orchestra presenting music that bridges jazz, classical, and other genres.  The impact of this artistic mission is to bridge communities, educate the next generation of musicians, encourage cross-cultural dialogue, and expand creative practice.  “ Chicago Immigrant Stories” is the seven-movement orchestral culmination of a year-long project forging a series of workshop collaborations with artists representing Chicago’s distinct immigrant communities to create a soundtrack resonating across all audiences as they comprehend what it means to be ‘American’.  In addition to world music multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, this evening’s performance will feature musicians from Chicago’s South Asian, West African, and Chinese communities. 

For more information: www.chijazzphil.org

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:00 pm 9:50 pm $67.50-$165.00

Location: Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

NOTE: The League is simultaneously saddened and delighted to report that this concert is sold-out.

Muti & Yo-Yo Ma

Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 3

When Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma join forces, it is “music-making at the highest level” (Chicago Tribune). The incomparable cellist collaborates with Muti and the CSO in Shostakovich’s introspective and dark-hued Second Cello Concerto. This program of works by 20th-century Russian masters also features Shostakovich’s buoyant Festive Overture and Prokofiev’s thrilling Third Symphony, a work of dramatic climaxes, rich melodies, and vivid orchestral color.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti,
conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

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Tune-Up Party

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:00 pm 11:59 pm

Location: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd.

Following the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert, attendees will walk to the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) for the Conference Tune-Up Party.

Volunteers will be stationed along the way to guide attendees to the ULCC.

Attire for the ULCC is business casual; no blue jeans please.

The Tune-Up Party is Generously Sponsored by 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Trustee Bill Osborn and Cathy Osborn and 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Trustee Paul Wiggin and Lisa Wiggin.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Donor Desk

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00 am 3:30 pm

Have you already made a gift to the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 Annual Fund? If so, stop by the Donor Desk to pick up your Chicago 2018 pin, recognizing your support of the League.

If not… it’s not too late! Visit the Donor Desk or make a gift online at americanorchestras.org/donate.

*As part of League Giving Day, we will have a satellite donor desk open in the Symphony Center main lobby (3:45pm-4:15pm; 5:15pm-6:00pm)

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Exhibit Area

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00 am 1:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

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On-Site Registration

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00 am 1:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

When you arrive at Conference, your first stop should be the Registration Area.

TALASKE has generously provided name badge holders for attendees at Conference.

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Free Consultations

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:40 am 12:20 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Book a Free NEA Consultation with Music Specialist Court Burns

Take advantage of an individual consultation opportunity with music specialist, Court Burns, from the National Endowment for the Arts during Conference. These free 20-minute appointments are a valuable opportunity for League Conference attendees to meet with an NEA representative to discuss a project that is currently receiving NEA support, or to talk through your plans for applying for an Art Works or Challenge America grant. Appointments are required, and the schedule is often completely filled prior to Conference, so please act quickly and contact Najean Lee at nlee@americanorchestras.org to make your appointment!

Book a Free Digital Media Consultant with Electronic Media Consultant Joe Kluger

Joe Kluger, the League’s electronic media consultant, will be available during the Chicago Conference to meet with representatives of League member orchestras for 30 minutes each to discuss any strategic or practical electronic media issues. To arrange a private conversation, which will be scheduled on June 14 or 15 on a first-come, first-served basis, please indicate your availability on this doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/dfic89eg8cfs932n.

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#MeToo and #TimesUp: Finding a Path Forward

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Wabash Room, Third Floor

In recent months, disturbing stories of sexual misconduct have surfaced from around the country including from orchestras. The victims’ narratives continue to expose the formal and informal power structures that suppress allegations and stymy recourse. This session will explore the power dynamics and structural hierarchies that have created the hostile work environment, and suggest strategies for building a culture of appropriate and respectful behavior within the orchestra community.

Speakers: Jan Feldman, executive director, Lawyers for Creative Arts; Rachel Ford, executive director, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Simonds, executive director, Percussive Arts Society; Lynne Sorkin, director of human resources, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track.

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Connecting with New Audiences: Seattle Symphony Case Study

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

Downtown Seattle is a boomtown right now, with rapidly changing demographics, dynamic energy, and a youthful population seeking artistic experiences. The Seattle Symphony saw fresh opportunities to connect with the newcomers who were settling into the neighborhoods surrounding Benaroya Hall, the orchestra’s home. But how to connect with these untapped audiences? The orchestra launched an ambitious market-research program with support from the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative. In this session, you’ll hear how the Seattle Symphony conducted focus groups, learned the preferences of new and seasoned symphony visitors, and experimented with programming—all while maintaining core artistic principles.

Speakers: Charlie Wade, senior vice president for marketing and business operations, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track.

Made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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Create a Culture of Disruption or Get Stuck Defending The Status Quo

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Balcony Overlooking the Lobby, Second Floor

In organizations that thrive on tradition, defending your current position seems to make sense. But in order to grow in a time when change is the new status quo, orchestras have to strike first and disrupt themselves while creating value for our art form and community. This session will highlight how nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and their leaders have identified the limitations of tradition, reexamined their core mission, and harnessed disruption as opportunity. You will leave this conversation with tools to help you to begin fostering an environment that encourages experimentation to create real value for your orchestra and your community!

This session is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track. 

Speakers: Brittany Hall, executive director, Binghamton Philharmonic; Leslie Marks, development director, Oakland Symphony; John Roloff, director of operations, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Todd Waldman, director of development, Austin Symphony

Presenters are participants in the League’s Emerging Leaders Program, made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Creating a Community-Owned Orchestra

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 12, Third Floor

What would it mean for orchestras to become truly “owned” by their community? As orchestras strive to deepen community engagement and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, how do we move away from outreach to true ownership by the communities we serve? This session will use the YMCA as a case study of an organization successfully and authentically engaging with its communities in various ways.

This session is part of the Innovation and Engagement Track. 

Speakers: Amy Chung, associate director, Houston Youth Symphony; Erin Horan, community engagement director, The Florida Orchestra; Kate Kammeyer, general manager, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Gary Padmore, director of education and community

Presenters are participants in the League’s Emerging Leaders Program, made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Latino Alliance and African American Network: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Case Study

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Chicago Room, Fifth Floor

Through professional, community, and social networking groups, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has created robust alliances with Chicago-area Latino and African American professionals. Discover how the two grassroots audience development initiatives began, lessons learned, and how these networks bring mutual benefits.

Speakers: Ramiro J. Aristaín-Carrión, managing director, Atristain Financial Advisors, LLC; Sheila Jones, african american network coordinator, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Phil Koester, vice president for sales, marketing & content, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Life in Music in the 21st Century: Next Gen Musicians’ Perspective

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Honore Ballroom, Lobby Level

The upcoming generation of musicians—Civic Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 100-year-old training ensemble for young professional musicians—discuss their experience as emerging orchestra members and how today’s industry landscape as well as cultural and societal shifts inform their career development. We’ll hear their take on the role of performing artists who care deeply about both artistic and community impact, balancing the pursuit of artistic mastery with an intrinsic drive for civic duty, and the importance of musician leadership in shaping the future of the orchestral field.

Speakers: James Hall, manager, community programs and civic orchestra engagement, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan McCormick; Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin; Midori Samson, bassoon; Danielle Wilson, cello

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This session is sponsored by Newzik.

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Now What? The Post-Tax Reform Philanthropic Landscape

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 3, Third Floor

While the impulse to make charitable contributions comes from the heart, research confirms that tax incentives significantly influence how much and when individual donors allocate their philanthropic resources. The 2017 comprehensive tax reform law changes the cost of giving for donors across the economic spectrum, influencing planned giving and annual donations this year, and potentially for generations to come. Hear the latest predictions for what is in store, and what it means for your orchestra’s donor cultivation strategy.

Resources:

League Summary of Key Tax Reform Policies
Tax Policy Center Non-Itemizer Analysis

Speakers: John Hicks, principal, DLBHICKS, LLC; Eric B. Javier, principal & managing director, New York CSS Fundraising; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras

This session is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

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Podcasting at the Intersection of Opera, Race, and Social Justice

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Friday, June 15, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 1, Third Floor

Special Invitation to Conference Attendees: Through a collaboration of the Glimmerglass Festival and the WFMT Radio Network, a new, short-run, five-episode podcast called Breaking Glass will release in August 2018. Supported by an Opera America Innovation Grant, Breaking Glass aims to explore social justice through the lens of opera, from its white, Western European origins, and to explore the ways it can transform perceptions and spark conversations about social change in contemporary society. Two veteran creators and storytellers for the stage, Paige Hernandez and Tazewell Thompson, lead the podcast, discussing, questioning, and challenging what stories are told in the world of opera and how, why, where and when they are told, engaging creatives from the opera community and drawing from their own experiences as multi-faceted artists of color in a dialogue rich in humanity, spirit, and honesty. In this public forum, the creators of the podcast will address their process and the challenges of podcasting in the classical music space, embracing a socially-driven rather than PR-minded media project, and the takeaways for other organizations curious about starting their own podcasts. Presented by Glimmerglass Festival and the WFMT Radio Network.

Speakers: Paige Hernandez, host, Breaking Glass; Tony Macaluso, co-executive director, Breaking Glass; Heather McDougall, project manager, Breaking Glass; Chris Powell, co-executive director, Breaking Glass; and Tazewell Thompson, regular contributor, Breaking Glass

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Coffee Break

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Friday, June 15, 2018 10:00 am 11:00 am

Location: Exhibit Hall, Fourth Floor

Get to know your fellow delegates at this coffee break in the Exhibit Area.

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Constituency Meetings

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Throughout the Conference you’ll gather together for stimulating meetings with those who best understand the challenges of your position: your peers. Whether you’re working at an orchestra as an executive director, board member, volunteer, staff, or musician, there is learning designed specifically for you.

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Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities

Session Date Start Time End Time
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: Center for Black Music Research, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Sixth Floor

This session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. If you wish to attend, please RSVP here.

This is an interactive, hands-on session showcasing the instrumental scores of Afro-descendent composers as part of a visit to the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) library and archives.

The Center for Black Music Research is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago that is devoted to documentation, research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history and current expressions of Black music on a global scale.

In this special tour and workshop, participants will explore and examine the CBMR’s extensive archival holdings—including manuscript scores, non-commercial recordings, and unique documents—related to the history of classical music throughout the African Diaspora. We will use these resources in a discussion on best practices in programming Black music alongside pieces from the standard repertoire and in conjunction with repertoire expansion initiatives. The session will also offer guidelines on how to utilize the CBMR’s resources as well as practical tips on how to identify repertoire options for your season planning.

Speakers: Laurie Moses, archivist and digital librarian, Center for Black Music Research; Melanie Zeck, research fellow, Center for Black Music Research; Managing Editor, Black Music Research Journal

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Reflecting Our Communities Through Music

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Friday, June 15, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

How can the orchestral experience help address and reflect pressing community concerns via artistic programming? A panel will describe how their orchestras have approached translating civic concerns into vibrant, core series programming and then lead participants in a thoughtful discussion about how orchestras can listen and respond to their evolving communities.

Speakers: Lorenzo Candelaria, associate provost, University of Texas at El Paso, Mei-Ann Chen, music director, Chicago Sinfoneitta, Isaac Thompson, vice president, artistic planning, New York Philharmonic

Moderator: Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This session is generously sponsored by An Evening with Jorge Calandrelli, Legendary Arranger to the Stars.

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Closing Session: Why Culture Matters—A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma

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Friday, June 15, 2018 1:30 pm 3:00 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom, Fourth Floor

The League of American Orchestras honors cellist Yo-Yo Ma with its highest award, the Gold Baton. The Gold Baton is given annually for distinguished service to America’s orchestras. Since 1948, the Gold Baton has recognized individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.

Ma’s multi-faceted career represents his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, working with a wide circle of collaborators and institutions, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Through his work as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, and as a trusted leader, advisor, and ambassador for a variety of institutions including Silkroad, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the United Nations, Ma creates programs that transcend boundaries of genre and tradition, and explores music-making not only as a way to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society

In the closing session of the 2018 Conference, Ma examines why arts and culture matter now more than ever before. As technological advancements and complex societal issues challenge our values, beliefs, and traditions, what role does culture have in our communities? How can artists, arts-lovers, and orchestras help us to find solutions to society’s biggest challenges and help us build the world we need in the 21st century?


The session will open with a special performance by Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Ensemble, conducted by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. Project Inclusion is a talent development program, dedicated to changing the face of classical music, which identifies and trains diverse musicians, conductors, and administrative leaders of color.

Project Inclusion Ensemble Fellows and Alumni
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Jennifer Higdon – Movements from Dance Card
I. Raucous Rumpus
V. Machina Rockus

Vivian Fung – Pizzicato for Strings Orchestra


Made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation.

This session is generously sponsored by Akustiks.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.

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