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Essentials of Orchestra Management

“The gold standard of orchestra management training”


Essentials of Orchestra Management is returning to New York after nearly a decade! Presented in collaboration with Juilliard Extension on the Lincoln Center Campus July 24 – August 2, 2022, applications will open on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Watch your email and this space for more details. Read the press release.

For additional information, please contact David Styers at dstyers@americanorchestras.org.


Essentials of Orchestra Management, the premier orchestra management course in the United States, is an immersive ten-day seminar that prepares orchestra and arts professionals with the tools they need to be effective administrators and leaders. Since its inception in 2000, more than 450 individuals have participated in Essentials, including many who now hold key leadership positions in orchestras. This residential program provides an in-depth overview of orchestra management, builds diverse career networks, and offers participants a unique opportunity to obtain the knowledge necessary to become a successful leader in the arts.

The seminar is taught and directed by a core faculty comprised of prominent leaders of the orchestra field:

  • Seminar Director Scott Faulkner, Principal Bass, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra; Former Executive Director, Reno Chamber Orchestra
  • Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Alexander Laing, Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony

The League’s President and CEO, Simon Woods, will also play a role leading sessions and mentoring.

“My creative/professional high point of 2016 was getting to learn from some of the most brilliant orchestra executives.”

Shiva Shafii, former Director of Communications, Seattle Symphony.

Who is eligible to apply?

Early career professionals, musicians, career changers, and students are encouraged to apply. Experienced administrators who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge base in all aspects of an orchestral organization are also welcome. The League especially invites applicants from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the orchestral field.

Registration is limited to 36 participants. Program participants will receive a one-year membership to the League of American Orchestras.

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Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Banner: 2018 Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar. Photo: Agibail R. Collins Photography

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