Midwest Orchestra Governance Seminar 

Hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

Symphony Center | 8th Floor
220 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604

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The Midwest Orchestra Governance Seminar will be led by David Nygren, PhD, an advisor for both Fortune 500 and nonprofit clients, and an expert in governance, leadership, and strategy. Registered participants will be surveyed prior to the event and will have the opportunity to share the challenges or areas of orchestra governance they would like to see included in the seminar.

Examples of topics to be covered include: Elevating Board Performance, Building the Board to Advance the Plan, and Framing Strategic Questions and Processes. The seminar will wrap up with a moderated panel discussion and time for questions.

Who Should Attend?
Board members and executive and development staff from orchestras of all budget sizes. 

Several members from the same orchestra are encouraged to attend as a group. Discounts are available for groups of 2 or more.

Schedule of Events

10:00am-4:00pm Seminar (a complimentary lunch will be served)
4:00pm Dinner break
8:00pm Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Concert Program 

WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
BRAHMS Double Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish

Riccardo Muti, Conductor 
Stephanie Jeong, violin and Kenneth Olsen, cello

Pre-concert conversation at 6:45pm
For more information, please visit the Chicago Symphony Orchestra website.


  • First attendee from your organization:$255 League members /$305 non-members
  • Second attendee from your organization: $175 members and non-members
  • All additional attendees from your organization: $105 members and non-members
  • Optional concert ticket $75
    A block of fifteen Upper Balcony tickets are available – first come, first served.

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About the Seminar Leader


David Nygren, PhD was founding Senior Partner of the Corporate Governance Consulting Group of Mercer Delta, former chair of BoardSource, and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and numerous American orchestras. 

Recommended Hotel
For those of you staying overnight, the CSO suggests the Palmer House Hilton, which is in walking distance to Symphony Center.

Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603


Please contact James Barry, Manager, Learning and Leadership Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This seminar is part of the League's Noteboom Governance Center, which is supported by leadership gifts from Richard and Kay Fredericks Cisek, The Clinton Family Fund, Marcia and John Goldman, the Sakana Foundation, and the Sargent Family Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.