The League in the News

The League of American Orchestras is often featured in the media. We’re called upon to give national context on a variety of arts-related topics, from diversity, technology, audience engagement, and innovation, to advocacy efforts in Washington, nonprofit board governance, and financial best practices. 

Check out these recent articles:

Symphony serves up 'Smorgasbord' in Comfort Food series
Springfield News-Leader
January 7, 2021

"Save Our Stages" Act included in U.S. COVID-19 relief package
The Violin Channel
December 22, 2020

Gifted and Black: Kansas City’s performing artists strive toward new levels of equality
The Independent
December 2020

2021 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service applications now open
Senza Sordino
December 2020

How arts philanthropy changed in 2020
San Francisco Classical Voice
November 23, 2020

Women have made great strides in classical music. So why do imbalances persist?
The Dallas Morning News
October 28, 2020

Possibilities for progress
The Peabody Post
October 17, 2020

Stages sit dark as US performance world struggles with cancelled seasons
Agence France-Presse
October 17, 2020

What happens to the musicians when the orchestra music stops?
The Wall Street Journal
October 14, 2020

Women conductors are the rule, not the exception, at a new classical event
October 2, 2020

Touching lives with El Paso Symphony Orchestra's Tocando
El Paso Inc.
September 25, 2020

Interview with Jesse Rosen, part 2
Musical America
August 31, 2020

Lexington Philharmonic taking its act on the road — literally on the street to you
Lexington Herald Leader
August 28, 2020


Ezinma’s debut single fuses classical, hip-hop for unity in diversity
August 28, 2020

One to one: Jesse Rosen
Musical America
August 27, 2020

DSO set to perform live from Orchestra Hall for fall season
Crain's Detroit
August 25, 2020

Empty classrooms, studios and stages: In the covid-19 era, an arts education requires an even greater leap of faith
Washington Post
August 20, 2020

 "The 'canon' is racist": How a collective of Black musicians are exposing racism in the classical music community
August 18, 2020

Concepts to further inclusivity
Senza Sordino
August 2020

Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild earns national recognition
KTNV Las Vegas
August 12, 2020

Six artists of color make their mark in classical music — an industry where diversity is lacking
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2020

Classical music attracts older audiences. Good.
New York Times
August 6, 2020

Creating an anti-racist world
The Ensemble
August 2020


‘Our voice matters’: Promoting female composers in classical music
Christian Science Monitor
July 29, 2020

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra receives two grants to help equity, diversity and inclusion
St. Louis
July 27, 2020

Symphony Tacoma Voices releases virtual choir production in support of racial justice
The Suburban Times
July 27, 2020

Equality or equity: Orchestral auditions should be more 'blind,' not less
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 26, 2020

Latinos buscan cambiar realidad en las orquestas de Estados Unidos
July 18, 2020

That sound you’re hearing is classical music’s long overdue reckoning with racism
Washington Post
July 16, 2020

To make orchestras more diverse, end blind auditions
New York Times
July 16, 2020

The arts are big business — and in real trouble
July 15, 2020

Commentary: Black classical musicians and organizations need your support
The Post and Courier
June 25, 2020

Lessons from virtual conferences
Sharps & Flatirons
June 24, 2020

Orchestras, classical music programs working toward more diversity in the concert hall, leadership roles
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2020

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra grant
SDPB Radio
June 16, 2020

Olympia Symphony ensembles to deliver live graduation or patriotic tunes to your home
The Olympian
June 11, 2020


Classical organizations observe #TheShowMustBePaused
San Francisco Classical Voice
June 2, 2020

The Fall of Autumn: live performance producers are giving up on 2020
New York Times
May 24, 2020

How arts companies navigate the unknown
San Francisco Classical Voice
May 15, 2020

ASO announces Edgar Herrera is new executive director
May 13, 2020

Heather Noonan One to One:Fighting to make arts part of the nation's infrastructure
Musical America
April 23, 2020

As virus threatens orchestras, trade group taps a new leader
New York Times
April 3, 2020

Simon Woods to head the League of American Orchestras
Musical America
April 3, 2020

Ex-LA Phil chief lands top US orchestral job
Slipped Disc
April 3, 2020

Simon Woods chosen as League of American Orchestras next leader
April 3, 2020

No gigs. No income. Shuttered concert halls leave Boston’s classical music community reeling
Boston Globe
March 26, 2020

Unprecedented Cancellations and Postponements Affecting Boise Arts Community
Boise Weekly
March 18, 2020

For Artists and Creatives, Here’s a Guide to Staying Afloat During Covid-19
BK Reader
March 17, 2020

No longer interim, Mélisse Brunet is Philharmonic conductor
Time's Leader
February 11, 2020

It’s Time to Talk About Classical Music’s Diversity Problem
February 10, 2020

New York Philharmonic begins premiering work of 19 female composers
The Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2020

Prominent Malian Musician alleges that TSA destroyed his instrument
NPR Music
February 6, 2020

'I'm the ultimate freelancer': Quad-City Symphony double bassist performed with Lizzo at Grammys
Quad-City Times
February 4, 2020

What do Amazon, Google and Salesforce have in common? In-house music groups
The Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2020

Millions to be spent on city students to get more into classical music
WBAL Radio
January 24, 2020

Chicago’s Youth Orchestra rides Winged Creatures to Sunday’s Grammys
Third Coast Review
January 22, 2020

Concert review: PSO program favors variety over unity
Press Herald
January 20, 2020

APAP Awards honor the League, Ping Chong, Emil King
Musical America
January 14, 2020

L.A. Chamber Orchestra hires its new executive director from the Vermont Symphony
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2020

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra seeks to get back in the black in 2020
Indianapolis Business Journal
January 3, 2020

Music changes lives
Utah Business
January 3, 2020

Portland Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of a piece with ties to Maine
Sun Journal
December 31, 2019

10 must meet music trailblazers at the NAMM Show
College Magazine
December 27, 2019

Shuffle: Orchestrating a diverse classical music world
December 12, 2019

What you can do today to help artist immigration
The Clyde Fitch Report
December 12, 2019

Settling the score: women conductors talk about the slow road to equality
December 10, 2019

Savannah Philharmonic ringing in holiday season with latest ‘Spectacular’
Do Savannah
December 4, 2019

“Without judgment”: For an afternoon, sensory-friendly symphony made all feel at home
Daily Press
November 21, 2019

Naples Philharmonic finishes off a full plate of new work, Beethoven and a Rachmaninoff swan song
Naples Daily News
November 20, 2019

It’s Harpo’s Harp paired with piano in concerto debut
Classical Voice North America
November 19, 2019

What attracts the Minnesota Orchestra to overseas tours? It's not the money
Star Tribune
November 8, 2019

Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony are cultivating musical careers for women
Dallas News
November 3, 2019

Virginia Symphony Orchestra offers sensory-friendly concert
October 29, 2019

Olympia Symphony begins the music director search process by calling for the community to participate
Thurston Talk
October 25, 2019

A natural fit of music and art
New York Times
October 23, 2019

Anne Parsons: Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets strong revival
The Detroit News
October 22, 2019

Orchestras try a twist on the wall of sound
Wall Street Journal 
October 20, 2019

Arts center leader Travis receives national honor
Midland Daily News
October 11, 2019

L.A. Phil names a longtime insider, Chad Smith, as its new CEO
Los Angeles Times
October 1, 2019

Meet the Bozeman Symphony music director candidates: Stefan Sanders
KBZK Bozeman News
September 17, 2019

New York Philharmonic taps 'infulencers' to lure millennials
Wall Street Journal
September 14, 2019

Collaboration epitomizes Robert Spano's legacy with the ASO
September 4, 2019

Musical instruments to be exempt from restrictions on heavily trafficked rosewood
August 27,2019

St. Louis Symphony aims to attract new audiences with lower prices, new policies
St. Louis Public Radio
August 21, 2019

Around Town
Canton Repository
August 5, 2019

Music and history combine at Civil War event
Toledo Blade
July 25, 2019

Albany Symphony on the move for 2019-20 season
July 23, 2019

Virginia Symphony Orchestra gets $80,000 grant to hold sensory-friendly concerts
The Virginian-Pilot
July 23, 2019

$150k to the SPCO
July 19, 2019

In the age of #MeToo, Baltimore's small performing arts groups grapple with sexual misconduct allegations
The Baltimore Sun
July 18, 2019

Cleveland Orchestra receives Futures Fund grant
July 14, 2019

TSO to receive League of American Orchestras Futures Fund grant
July 12, 2019

Cleveland Orchestra receives grant
Crain's Cleveland Business
July 12, 2019

Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls A-Traveling, a modern age requiem
I Care If You Listen
July 5, 2019

Can Baltimore save Its world-class orchestra?
The New York Times
July 1, 2019

Orchestras engage LGBTQ audience
June 13, 2109

Grant will help Grand Rapids Symphony diversify audience
June 12, 2019

Jesse Rosen to step down as CEO of Orchestra League
Musical America (paywall)
June 4, 2019

League Of American Orchestras CEO discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the field
Nashville Public Radio
June 3, 2019

Orchestral musicians recognized for community commitments
Musical America (paywall)
May 10, 2019

Hartford Symphony Orchestra stages a comeback at 75
Hartford Business
May 6, 2019

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra launches NJSO Colton Fellowship for musicians from underrepresented communities
New Jersey Stage
April 22, 2019

Musicians give back
Miami Herald
April 11, 2019

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's talent development program celebrates 25 years
April 9, 2019

A Composer’s final work contains ‘Visions’ of an American master
New York Times
April 5, 2019

Shaking up the symphony
Southwest The Magazine
April 1, 2019

"Wind of Many Voices" With Ted Wiprud And Delta David Gier
SDPB Radio
March 22, 2019

Music Review: Young composers create magical evening in EarShot concert
Herald Tribune
March 17, 2019

Young composers get exposure in Sarasota Orchestra's 'EarShot' concert
Herald Tribune
March 9, 2019

Advancing Diversity
Senza Sordino
March 8, 2019

Put these March events on your arts and culture radar
Crain's Cleveland Business
March 1, 2019

Diversity critical to survival of classical music field
The Baltimore Sun
March 1, 2019

ASU alumnus and grant recipient aims to open more pathways for musicians of color
The State Press
February 28, 2019

Joan Tower Awarded League's Gold Baton
Musical America (paywall)
February 28, 2019

Composer Joan Tower Awarded League of American Orchestra’s ‘Gold Baton’ Prize
The Violin Channel
February 27, 2019

A Tempo: New Diversity Initiatives for Operas and Orchestras
February 14, 2019

"Healing Through Music" program continues to comfort people
Your News Now
February 13, 2019

Program giving kids of color a shot in classical music marks milestone
Atlanta Journal Constitution
February 8, 2019

New LSO chamber format funded by League of American Orchestras
Lubbock Avalnachce-Journal
February 4, 2019

Black History Month: African American musicians encouraged to apply for Pittsburgh Symphony fellowship 
Pittsburgh City Paper
February 3, 2019

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Through Music
New York Times
January 29, 2019

A Fund to Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Orchestras
Grantmakers in the Arts
January 24, 2019

New diversity grants available from Orchestra League, OPERA America
Musical America (paywall)
January 10, 2019

Spanish native and cellist is new Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale executive director
Billings Gazette
January 2, 2019

Joyful Headlines About Race and Equality
New York Times
December 31, 2018

Inside the Battle to Diversify Orchestras, One Costly Audition at a Time
Color Lines
December 27, 2018

Most Influential 2018: Carl St.Clair leads the Pacific Symphony to new heights
The Orange County Register
December 21, 2018

Opera Has a Problem: Fans Aren’t Subscribing
The New York Times
December 21, 2018

Juliette Jones Is Redefining What Being A String Player Looks And Sounds Like
Nashville Public Radio
December 12, 2018

Toledo Symphony Orchestra returns Dec. 12
Northwest Signal
December 5, 2018

ASO violinist takes his music to the people
Atlanta Journal Constitution Newspaper
December 5, 2018

LSO offers new tool to treat mental ills
November 29, 2018

North High School winter concert to feature Akron Symphony Orchestra members
November 26, 2018

Sphinx Organization to create pipeline of diverse leaders in classical music
Crain's Detroit Buisness
November 18, 2018

How can orchestra musicians fight food waste?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 15, 2018

"Healing Through Music" looks to help those dealing with addiction and illness
November 12, 2018

Navigating successful leadership change
Post Crescent
November 3, 2018

Story on gender disparity in international orchestras
Classic FM
October 26, 2018

How to sell a world-class symphony
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 25, 2018

Article on gender disparity of international orchestra musicians
October 16, 2018

Stamford Symphony seeks to appeal to younger generation
Stamford Advocate
October 6, 2018

Orchestra Considers ways to increase audience and diversity and improve culture
October 2, 2018

$2.5m Mellon Foundation grant launches Boston classical music initiative
The Boston Globe
September 27, 2018

Houston Symphony strives for diversity in a majority white, low-turnover industry
Houston Symphony Orchestra
September 25, 2018

Review: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2018–19 season with robust performance
September 21, 2018

Article on orchestra sexual harassment allegations
Baltimore Sun
September 21, 2018

Houston Symphony challenges status quo, includes more female conductors
Houston Public Media
September 17, 2018

Beethoven's 9th, Schubert kick off LPO's victory-lap season
The New Orleans Advocate
September 9, 2018

To help diversify American orchestras, one group is helping to get players to auditions
August 30, 2018

Unexpected, but not a coincidence: a case study in the regional arts philanthropy boom
Inside Philanthropy
August 28, 2018

Rounding up spring and summer news in Oregon music
Oregon ArtsWatch
August 22, 2018

Interview with League President and CEO Jesse Rosen (subscriber only)
SiriusXM (Seth Rudetsky's Seth Speaks show)
August 11, 2018

Philly arts alert: your 8 p.m. curtain time is not a sure thing anymore
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 3, 2018

13 essentials for arts leaders in the 21st century: Faulkner
Reno Gazette Journal
July 30, 2018

St Pete nonprofits collaborate to inspire growth
St. Pete Catalyst
July 19, 2018

Visa headaches plague local venues, international performers
Times Union
July 23, 2018

Florida Orchestra president Michael Pastreich steps down after 11 years
Tampa Bay Times
July 23, 2018

Endangered materials add wrinkle to BSO's overseas trip (Paywall)
Maryland Daily Record
July 19, 2018

Reference to League’s Sexual Harassment Resources
The Baltimore Sun
July 18, 2018

Organization aims to diversify top-tier orchestras through audition support
NBC News
July 14, 2018

Article including League of American Orchestras diversity data
New York Times
July 6, 2018

Q&A: ASO’s Juan Ramírez on his Ford Award and increasing diversity through outreach
July 5, 2018

How L.A.'s Street Symphony is bringing music and social justice to Skid Row
June 26, 2018

Republican tax law hits churches
June 26, 2018

National Alliance pushes for diversity in American orchestras
June 19, 2018

The Sound Of Silence: Female composers at the symphony
June 19, 2018

President and CEO of League of American Orchestras on the state of American orchestras, need to diversify
June 18, 2018

League of American Orchestras conference tackles issues of inclusion, diversity
Chicago Sun Times
June 16, 2018

TV segment on National Alliance for Audition Support Audition Intensive in Miami
WPBT2 South Florida PBS ("Your South Florida")
June 15, 2018

New World Symphony aims to increase number of Black and Latino classical musicians
Miami New Times
June 8, 2018

How global culture and civic competition have shaped modern arts institutions
Architectural Record
June 1, 2018

Chaffee receives prestigious award for excellence in community service
Norwalk Reflector
May 31, 2018

Forte: Pursuing equity in the orchestra industry
Yakima Herald
May 30, 2018

Percussionist from Winston-Salem, Greensboro symphony orchestras receives national honor
News & Record
May 18, 2018

May Festival conductor Kim among new wave of women on the podium
Cincinnati Business Courier
May 17, 2018

Lima Symphony Orchestra offering Healing Through Music Series
May 3, 2018

Holistic Support: an ambitious plan to boost diversity in American Orchestras
Inside Philanthropy
April 26, 2018

NBSO receives competitive national grant
Wicked Local
April 26, 2018

Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra gets $6,000 grant
The Morning Journal
April 25, 2018

This and that, youth will be served edition
Cleveland Business
April 23, 2018

Southwest Symphony Orchestra benefit concert: ‘Feeding body and soul’
The Spectrum
April 20, 2018

Greensboro Symphony receives $30,000 grant
News & Record
April 20, 2018

The week in good news: The Boston Marathon, Kendrick Lamar, a Honeybee Delivery
The New York Times
April 19, 2018

Classical music orgs launch initiative to diversify orchestras
April 19, 2018

Launch of $1.8m initiative to diversify American orchestras
The Strad
April 18, 2018

Groups partner to increase lagging US orchestra diversity
The Associated Press
April 18, 2018

Seeking orchestras in tune with their diverse communities
The New York Times
April 18, 2018

Orchestra initiative will provide support for musicians of color
The Washington Post
April 18, 2018

Sphinx & friends create new program to diversify American orchestras
Musical America (paywall)
April 18, 2018

Review: Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s works by 3 composers wows audience
The Columbus Dispatch
April 7, 2018

The Columbus Symphony presents a world premiere and a world-renowned violinist
WOSU Radio
April 6, 2018

Who Will Be the Next MSO Music Director?
Urban Milwaukee
March 22, 2018

Symphony and singers to express composers' emotional cries for peace
Winsoton-Salem Journal
March 10, 2018

How to get into an orchestra: we asked members of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to share their experience
Lucerne Festival
March 6, 2018

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's executive director shares hopes for women in music (Columbus, OH)
February 15, 2018

Does classical music need a Rooney Rule?
VAN Magazine
February 15, 2018

New World players light the way for a new generation
Classical Voice North America
February 13, 2018

Review: Cold winter nights, hot orchestral performances
NUVO Indy's alternative voice
February 3, 2018

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Sean Chen make the most of ongoing collaboration
Jay Harvey Upstage
January 28, 2018

With every flick of her baton, conductor Susanna Mälkki chips at classical's glass ceiling
Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2018

The SA Symphony’s challenge to fill seats and cashbox
Rivard Report (San Antonio, TX)
February 18, 2018

Another first for Minnesota Orchestra: A tour to South Africa
Star Tribune
February 18, 2018


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