Shifting from Stage to Screen
League On-Demand Webinar
How and why are orchestras moving musical content to digital platforms—and creating entirely new experiences for virtual audiences? Is this a short-term response or the future of our field? How can we create compelling content to compete with endless options for online entertainment just a click away? How do we keep focused on our mission, our audiences, and our quests for greater equity and accessibility when our primary means of contact are electronic?
In this 90-minute webinar from the League of American Orchestras, we’ll investigate the many aspects of navigating this new, unfamiliar and exciting ecosystem: strategic, creative, repertoire, technical, legal, marketing, patron experience, and our organizational cultures, among other considerations.
Moderator: Scott Harrison, Interim Executive Director/Sr. Strategic Facilitator, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
- James Darrah, Creative Director of Digital Content, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)
- Timothy Kastner, Director of Digital Media and Video Production, The Philadelphia Orchestra
- Garrett McQueen, Executive Director, TRILLOQUY
- Mike Mancillas, Assistant Director of Digital Strategy + Design, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)
- Carolyn Nishon, Executive Director, Portland Symphony Orchestra
- Ari Solotoff, Solotoff Law Group, PLLC
Who Should Attend?
Executive directors, youth orchestra directors, general managers, musicians, artistic staff, marketing staff, operations staff, and anyone seeking to learn more about moving musical content to digital platforms.
Even if you can't attend the webinar live, register to receive a recording.
- $20 for Members
- $35 for Non-Members
About the Moderator
Interim Executive Director/Sr. Strategic Facilitator, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Celebrated as a leader with “imagination and ambition” by the Los Angeles Times and “a pioneer in the use of digital technology” by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Scott Harrison has secured tens of millions of dollars in funding for arts organizations nationwide while designing initiatives that are changing cultural practice and audience engagement via program impact, accessibility and inclusivity, creativity and learning, and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Scott recently started working with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as interim executive director and senior strategic facilitator, launching a reimagined season of virtual and socially-distanced activity with the all-digital Orpheum Sessions as its flagship offering. He has served in leadership roles at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he developed Live from Orchestra Hall, a global platform for virtual concert activity with over one million viewers worldwide.
Scott is a founding board member of BLUME Haiti, which supports youth and community development by strengthening Haiti’s music education ecosystem. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and executive education programs including National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program and Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.
About the Panelists
Creative Director of Digital Content, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras (LACO)
Director and designer James Darrah’s visually and emotionally arresting work at the intersection of theater, opera, and film is currently in demand all over the world. His productions of opera, theater, music videos, film, and installations are known for their cinematic elegance, abstract yet visceral staging, and a multidisciplinary merging of narrative heft, innovative design, and dance that “injects real drama” (The New York Times).
Director of Digital Media and Video Production, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Tim Kastner is the Director of Digital Media and Video Production for The Philadelphia Orchestra, responsible for overseeing audio and video projects, media licensing, royalties, contracts, archives, and distribution. In this role, he has worked on productions and rights nationally and internationally to bring audio and video recordings to millions of people across the globe.
Prior to joining the orchestra, Tim was an educator and engineer on Music Row in Nashville, serving as course coordinator and instructor for SAE Institute’s audio technology program and teaching audio production and music business classes at other area colleges.
Tim’s career has allowed him to provide media services to many artists and organizations including Keith Urban, Alan Parsons, Rhonda Vincent, Seymour Duncan, Victor Wooten, Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, Kings of Leon, U.S. Navy, WAPX-FM, WRTI-FM, Sirius XM, and PBS WHYY-TV. He has also been published by Tape Op magazine.
Tim received his Masters of Arts in Communications from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in Recording Production and Technology and a minor in Entertainment Technology. He holds certification in AVID's Pro Tools and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, SoundExchange, and BMI.
Assistant Director of Digital Strategy + Design, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Mike Mancillas is an LA-based creative, life-enhancing content enthusiast who works with a cross-disciplinary team at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to develop, create, and produce “musically inspiring” (Classical KUSC) premium streaming programs.
Mike entered the orchestra world because he is passionate about amplified accessibility and takes delight in translating ideas into digital space. Mike holds a B.A. in Film from Vassar College and currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
Executive Director, TRILLOQUY
Garrett McQueen is a bassoonist who has performed as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and most recently, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with groups including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony, the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he's spoken on diversity and equity panels presented by the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization, the Kennedy Center's Shift Festival and others, and continues in this work in live and digital spaces.
Some of his work has been published by organizations with parallel agendas, including his series on "The Relationship Between Race and Classical Music" by Arts in a Changing America. In addition to working as Executive Producer and Co-host of the TRILLOQUY podcast and owner of TRILLOQUY LLC, Garrett collaborates with arts organizations as an equity consultant, guest speaker, and curator, and serves on the board of the American Composers Forum as Equity Committee Chair.
Executive Director, Portland Symphony Orchestra
Carolyn Nishon serves as the Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She joined the PSO in 2008, and has previously served as its Orchestra Manager, Director of Artistic Operations, and General Manager.
In 2008, she completed the League of American Orchestra’s Orchestra Management Fellowship program, a yearlong program, during which she worked at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the North Carolina Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was also one of 48 nonprofit leaders selected for the American Express Non-profit Leadership Academy, which helped to develop the personal, business, and leadership skills necessary to run a nonprofit. In addition, Carolyn was one of 35 Maine leaders selected for Institute for Civic Leadership's Intensive program as a member of the Tau class and was trained in facilitation for collaborative results, visioning for inspiration and direction, relationship building, and stakeholder analysis. She served on the board of directors of the Institute for Civic Leadership and also as a steering committee member for Creative Portland’s 2 Degrees Portland initiative, a way to connect new Maine residents to the creative community.
Founder and Managing Partner, Solotoff Law Group, PLLC
Trained as a classical musician, Ari Solotoff is the Founder and Managing Partner of Solotoff Law Group, PLLC, where he focuses his law practice on serving clients in entertainment and intellectual property law, as well as related areas of business and nonprofit law practice. He represents leading musicians, composers, artists, and other creative entrepreneurs from Portland, Maine, one of New England’s hottest destinations for music and the arts.
Prior to studying law, Ari worked for over a decade in classical music, where he served as a field-wide leader and executive, including appointments as Executive Vice President of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and before that, as Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Distinguished as Maine’s “Artful Lawyer” by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Ari presently serves as Chair of the Theater and Performing Arts Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
Ari is also an Adjunct Professor in Music and the Law at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He has lectured on topics in music, copyright, and the law at New England Conservatory, Oberlin College Conservatory, and the University of Chicago, and for the League of American Orchestras.
This webinar is made possible by generous grants from American Express, the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Ford Motor Company Fund, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Wallace Foundation, as well as supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Photos courtesy of the speakers. Photo of Garrett McQueen by Devon Fails, photo of Carolyn Nishon by Tim Greenway Photographer, photo of Ari Solotoff by Zack Bowen.