Mid-Winter Managers Meeting
and Pre-meeting Seminars

January 26-28, 2019
Marriott East Side Hotel
New York, New York


Register here for Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Register below to attend only the Pre-meeting seminars

League Member

League Non-Member

The League invites executive directors and youth orchestra administrators to attend our annual Mid-Winter Managers Meeting at the Marriott East Side Hotel in New York City. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow leaders, share ideas, and learn the latest about what is happening in the field today.

Peer discussions are always front and center at the Managers Meeting. We’ll also hear from the League’s Vice President for Advocacy on domestic and international public policy developments that affect orchestras. And the League will update you on a major new re-granting program and on continuing improvements to our flagship leadership and learning programs. Before the meeting, you’ll have the chance to attend two seminars—one on diversifying your patron base and the other on sexual harassment prevention.

The Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras: Building Cultures and Respect session has been adjusted from a two-day eight-hour session to a Sunday morning four-hour session. 

Events Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

1:00pm-4:00pm: TRG Arts Seminar
How to Effectively Diversify Your Patron Base

8:00pm: New York Philharmonic Concert

Stucky     Elegy from August 4, 1964
Copland     Clarinet Concerto
Julia Wolfe     Fire in my mouth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

8:00am-12:00pm: Pre-meeting Seminar
Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras: Building Cultures of Respect 

12:00pm            Registration Opens

1:00pm-4:00pm: Managers Meeting (by Group size)

4:00pm-5:30pm: General Session

5:30pm-6:30pm: Welcome Reception

Monday, January 28, 2019

8:00am-4:00pm: Managers Meetings (by Group size)


TRG Arts Seminar        Free to League Members 
Pre-Meeting Seminar       $255 Member rate
$305 Standard rate
New York Philharmonic Concert      

Tickets can be purchased through the 
New York Philharmonic Box Office
at 212 875 5656 or on the New York Philharmonic website                                                       

Mid-Winter Meeting       $255
$220 Youth orchestra participants


Hotel Information

Marriott East Side Hotel
525 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

The League has established a group rate of $159/night + tax for the period of January 24-28, 2019.

Room reservations can be made by calling 212 755 4000.

NOTE: Rooms must be booked by Friday, January 11, 2019 to be eligible for the League’s special rate.


 Pre-Meeting Seminar Descriptions

 League Pre-meeting Seminar

Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras:
Building Cultures of Respect

Sunday, January 27, 2019


$255 League member rate
$305 Standard rate

Facilitator: Lisa Brown Alexander

Lisa Brown Alexander will guide participants in an exploration of current cultural and employee engagement dynamics and the development of strategies to ensure that they are aligned to promote a safe environment free of sexual harassment. Every part of this learning experience is designed to help participants align their human capital strategies with mission to ensure the values your organization espouses externally are mirrored internally.

The Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras: Building Cultures and Respect session has been adjusted from a two-day eight-hour session to a Sunday morning four-hour session. 


Lisa Brown Alexander is the President and CEO of Nonprofit HR. Under her direction, Nonprofit HR has served some of the most prominent organizations in the country, including Amnesty International, Independent Sector, and NeighborWorks America. With more than two decades of human resource management experience working with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Lisa and her firm have proven that better HR can play an integral role in nonprofit success.


 TRG Arts Seminar

Audience Development:
How to Effectively Diversify Your Patron Base


Saturday, January 26, 2019
1pm to 4pm

FREE to League Members

Facilitators: Eric Nelson, Kate Hagen

This session, produced and hosted by TRG Arts, will share strategies for how to grow and retain both new and ethnically diverse audiences by employing case studies from organizations seeking to attract traditionally underserved populations. The session will help attendees understand their market potential, how to set realistic benchmarks and budgets, and how to build loyalty with new audiences.

TRG Arts is a consulting firm founded in 1995 with a focus on getting results for clients in the nonprofit arts industry. Today, TRG helps clients grow revenue and patronage in the United States, UK and Europe, Canada, and Australia. TRG works with dance, opera, and theatre companies; museums; performing arts centers; orchestras; festivals; and commercial entertainment organizations.


Eric Nelson, Client Engagement Officer at TRG Arts, has dedicated over 20 years to improving organizational structures and generating revenue for nonprofits. Prior to re-joining TRG Arts, Eric was Director of Marketing and Communications for New York City’s Kaufman Music Center, home of Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School (New York’s largest community arts school) and Special Music School (a K-12 public school for musically gifted youth). Eric was also Vice President of Client Services, New Business and Marketing for DCM, specializing in marketing and fundraising strategies for nonprofit organizations.


Kate Hagen combines her love of data and arts marketing in her role as a Senior Consultant at TRG Arts. Since joining TRG in 2014, she has coached a wide variety of arts and cultural leaders throughout the United States, UK, and Canada on revenue and loyalty growth. Prior to her work at TRG, Kate led numerous patron retention initiatives as the marketing manager at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.




If you have any questions about the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting or our Pre-meeting seminars, please contact:

John-Morgan Bush
Director, Learning and Leadership Programs
League of American Orchestras
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We are Grateful to Our Supporters

Sponsors of the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

boomerang carnets | CIB, Opening Night Reception

Janice Martin | Flying Muse Productions, Monday Morning Coffee Break 

LiveNote®, a collaboration of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Instant Encore, Opening Session

TALASKE | Sound Thinking, Name Badge Sponsor

The Pre-Meeting seminar is made possible by public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

Additional funding for the seminar is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Photos from the 2018 Mid-Winter Managers meeting. Credits: Elizabeth Harraman