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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.

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


Essentials of Orchestra Management provides a unique, 10-day immersive experience to prepare current and aspiring orchestra professionals with the tools and mindsets they need to grow as leaders and progress in their careers. 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 on the campus of The Juilliard School in New York City provides an in-depth overview of orchestra management, builds career networks, and offers participants an interactive opportunity to build necessary skills and mindsets to become innovative and successful leaders 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
  • Alex 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

“It was fantastic to get to know a group of people with such a different array of backgrounds and levels of experience. Everyone is so passionate.”

Ignacio Barrón Viela, Executive Director, Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

Who is eligible to apply?

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

In a highly competitive application process, up to 36 participants will be selected based on demonstrated experience, potential, commitment to serving American orchestras, and motivation and goals for participating in this professional development seminar. Program participants will receive a one-year membership to the League of American Orchestras.

All applicants, whether accepted to Essentials or not, will receive the super early bird discounted registration rate to the League’s National Conference in Los Angeles, June 1-3, 2022.

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Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible, in part, by grants from the 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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