Conferences and Meetings

The League brings together the best minds from in and outside the field to provide practical knowledge, develop effective leadership, relay best practices, provoke debate, and identify emerging trends.

In addition, please visit Learning and Leadership Development, where the League offers a variety of other learning opportunities and resources.

Are there topics that you think the League of American Orchestras should address in its bi-monthly webinars and online Conference, June 7-17, 2021? Presenters who you think would be valuable assets to the work of orchestras? Which issues do you find most interesting, pressing, and important these days? We want your ideas!

Please use this online form to submit a mini-proposal. The deadline and notification dates are rolling, and the process will be highly competitive; only a small number of proposals can be accepted.


This time we have been living through has made extraordinary demands on our members, as both orchestra musicians and staff experience painful layoffs and salary cuts. Like many of you, the League of American Orchestras has also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made the following decisions about upcoming League programming:

  • All League program activity during the 20-21 season will be delivered online.
  • The National Conference which was to have taken place in Pittsburgh will also be delivered online in June of 2021.
  • The Mid-winter Managers Meeting will be held online.
  • We will ramp up the volume, frequency, and variety of digital content, including peer group meetings, to meet the high demand evidenced in the Conference.
  • Select program activity that is dependent on live engagement will be deferred until the 2021-2022 season including the National Conductor Preview, Essentials of Orchestra Management, and the Emerging Leaders Program.

We will be telling you more about the coming season as it becomes available. Till then thank you for your dedication to orchestras and your continuing engagement with the League and our community.



Upcoming Meetings   

Successful Orchestra Fundraising In 2021

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 3:00pm Eastern/12:00pm Pacific

The economic road to recovery is a long journey that most orchestras are just beginning. Creating momentum for increased patronage through earned revenue will take time, perhaps years. In the meantime, contributed support must supply the necessary operational funds so that orchestras can continue to fulfill their community and artistic missions. Planning your orchestra’s philanthropic journey for 2021 is both essential and critical.

In this 75-minute sponsored webinar, Bob Swaney, Founder & CEO of Robert Swaney Consulting, will focus on core fundraising practices adapted for the recovery environment.

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2021 Midwinter Managers Meeting

January 21-22

2021 Online National Conference

June 7-17

2022 National Conference

Los Angeles, CA

June 1-3

2023 National Conference

Pittsburgh, PA