Our Meetings are On as Scheduled!

We continue to look forward to seeing you in New York this weekend. Many have already arrived or are en route so our meetings will take place as planned.

Pre-Meeting Seminar
Saturday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to 12:00pm at 33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor.

Mid-Winter Managers Meeting
Sunday registration opens at 1:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway at 49th Street, 4th Floor.

Should you need to contact your constituent or sponsor liaison, you can find his/her contact information here: http://americanorchestras.org/about-the-league/staff-directory/constituent-liaisons.html


Mid-Winter Managers Meeting
and Pre-Meeting Seminar,
January 23-25 

Register here for one or both events. 

Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 24-25

The League invites executive directors (and for youth orchestras, administrators) to attend the annual Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 24-25, 2016, Sunday afternoon through Monday, held again this year at The Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel in New York City.  This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow executives, share ideas, and learn the latest about what is happening in the field today. Cost: $235 ($200 for youth orchestra staff)

Opening Plenary: Toward Greater Diversity on Stage
Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc.; Mark Hanson, executive director/CEO, Houston Symphony; Alexander Laing, principal clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony; Lee Koonce, chair, Artistic Programs Committee, Gateways Music Festival

Progress on increasing the number of musicians from underrepresented communities, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, in the ranks of American orchestras has been frustratingly slow, even more so in light of the increasing diversification of the country as a whole. Recently, leaders of American orchestras, conservatories, community music schools, youth orchestras, and El Sistema programs came together to assess the current state of affairs, review the results of strategies implemented over the past quarter century, and consider what else might be done locally and nationally to produce better results. During this dynamic session, we’ll share recommendations generated by the diversity convening, hear from participants, and consider what each of our orchestras could do to move the dial on diversity. If orchestras are to remain relevant in an increasingly pluralistic society, if we are to be truly reflective of and responsive to our communities, the time for action is now. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and work with your peers to develop a framework for an action agenda for individual orchestras and the field.

Constituency Group Meetings
Enjoy two days of meeting with your peers. Please check your email for your constituency group’s agenda.

Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 23-24

See the seminar agenda.

Please also join us for an important two-day seminar for executive directors—Taking Care of Your Self and Your Staff: Strategies for Personal and Professional Renewalto be held on Saturday, January 23 in the afternoon and the morning of Sunday, January 24 at the offices of the League. Self-care may feel like a luxury, one that you, your busy life, and your staff just can’t afford. But, in truth, self-care is a necessary disciplineone that will enable you to do your best work, to be more fulfilled by it, and to sustain yourself and your organization over time. This seminar, led by leadership development expert Ronnie Brooks, will help you recognize the importance of self-care and then teach you how to care for yourself and create an environment that will nurture the creativity, energy, and effectiveness of your colleagues as well. Cost $235. (Free to executive directors of orchestras in New York City; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for free registration.)

Hotel Reservations

The League has negotiated a rate of $159 plus 18.25% tax at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. (This is lower than originally publicized.) You can get this rate by making online reservations here. However, we encourage you to check other travel websites (such as Expedia or Travelocity) or to call the hotel – 1 888 233 9527 – to see if you can obtain an even better rate. Rooms must be booked by January 6, 2016 to secure the League’s rate.

We are Grateful to Our Supporters

Grantors Supporting the Pre-Meeting Seminar
The pre-meeting seminar has been made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Sponsors of the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting
Arts Consulting Group, Opening Plenary Sponsor
boomerang carnets | CIB, Opening Night Reception
Colbert Artists Management, Monday Coffee Service Sponsor
TALASKE | Sound Thinking, Name Badge Sponsor