August 2016

August 2016
The Honorable Elijah E. CummingsLeague’s 71st Conference in Baltimore Attracts National Attention
With its timely focus on diversity, the League’s 71st National Conference attracted the notice of both politicians inside the Beltway and national news outlets. The Honorable Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative (MD-7), inspired us with his personal story in his closing plenary speech, challenging us to persevere in our efforts to make music accessible for all of America’s children. The opening plenary keynote speaker, Earl Lewis, President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, laid out the path to change, supporting his narrative with a strong focus on data. Watch more on our post-Conference site or visit The League in the News to see media coverage of the Conference.
Stirring Performance of “One Baltimore” Highlights Impact of Music

Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Conference began on a high note as members of the BSO’s OrchKids and Baltimore Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra jointly performed an exuberant rendition of Brian Prechtl’s moving work “One Baltimore,” composed as a “call for unity” in the wake of civic unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. A Baltimore Sun editorial covering the Conference emphasized the importance of orchestras’ educational initiatives, including the pioneering OrchKids program.
Jesse Rosen“A Pressing National Conversation”
“The Richness of Difference,” League President and CEO Jesse Rosen’s opening plenary remarks, introduced the first League of American Orchestras National Conference devoted to diversity. A full transcript is posted on our website, along with video footage of the plenary. Rosen was interviewed on radio station WWFM by A Tempo’s Rachel Katz about the motivation for this year’s ground-breaking Conference, and what future outcomes he envisions. Listen to the full interview here (League segment begins at 10:10).
Educational EquityTaking Action for Educational Equity
As this nation embarks on implementing the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), orchestras are taking action in their states and local communities to improve access to music education. The U.S. Department of Education’s Dr. Monique Chism reminded the League’s Conference audience that our nation’s highest poverty schools have the least access to arts education and joined Rep. Cummings in applauding the efforts by orchestras to speak up for a complete music education for all students. A special pre-Conference event brought orchestra leaders into Baltimore Public Schools to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s extraordinary OrchKids program in action. To learn more about how your action today can secure a better future for music education in the schools, see the League’s ESSA resource center. (Photo: Richard Lippenholz)
Ford Musician AwardsHonoring the Critical Work Musicians Do in their Communities
Five orchestra musicians received the League’s newly-launched Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service at the Conference: (left to right) Brian Prechtl, percussion, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (OrchKids); Shannon Orme, bass clarinet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Neighborhood Residency Initiative); Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (Lakota Music Project); Beth Vandervennet, cello, Oakland Symphony (Music for Excellence Program [MUSE]); and Penny Anderson Brill, viola, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Music and Wellness Program). Delegates also had the opportunity to experience examples of the musicians' work and to hear from them directly in a Conference session. The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. Read the press release on this year’s awardees here. (Photo: Richard Lippenholz)
Essentials of Orchestra ManagementLeague’s Essentials of Orchestra Management Wraps in LA
Since its inception in 2000, over 400 emerging leaders have participated in the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management, including many who now hold key leadership positions in orchestras. The ten-day residential seminar, a 360-degree look at the orchestra field, is packed with learning and networking opportunities. One highlight was a full day of sessions at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring a Q&A with Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and panel discussions on “Service to the Field” and “Orchestras in the 21st Century.” Read the press release. (Photo: Caitlin Whealon)
Did You Know?
Check out the League’s Conference photo album on Facebook and Instagram!
The League is often called up for context on all things orchestra-related. For a peek at recent media coverage with a League focus, go to The League in the News on our website.
Three new people were appointed to the League’s Board of Directors, and Board officers were elected. See the announcement here.
Visit our dedicated resource center for detailed information about new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidance that spells out how to access exemptions for musical instruments. The League played a key leadership role in seeking solutions that would address urgent conservation concerns while also protecting international cultural activity.