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Essentials of Orchestra Management

“The gold standard of orchestra management training”


Save the dates for Essentials of Orchestra Management: July 24 – August 2, 2022. Watch your email and this space for more details.

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.

“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.

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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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