Symphony: Summer 2020


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scoreThe Score

News and updates from orchestras everywhere. In this issue: the League of American Orchestras issues statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter; orchestras and musicians respond to racial injustice; how the classical-music field is coping with the pandemic; League’s Catalyst Fund advances equity, diversity, and inclusion. 


Critical Questions 

Jesse Rosen steps down as the League’s president and CEO this September. Here, he shares his multiple perspectives as musician, administrator, and leader in a wide-ranging discussion of the past, present, and future of orchestras. 


Music in the Time of a Pandemic

Global Stages / Local Stories

With group gatherings banned during the pandemic, the League of American Orchestras convened its first-ever virtual National Conference, free of charge for members. More than 3,700 attendees heard diverse voices on how orchestras are essential for their communities and how to face the current crisis.  



Orchestra Fundraising in Times of Crisis

With single-ticket revenue and subscription income drying up due to the pandemic, fundraising is more important than ever. What steps can orchestras take to succeed? Two experts chart a course. 



Anti-Black Discrimination in American Orchestras

A broad historical look at American orchestras contextualizes the field’s enduring lack of ethnic and racial diversity and examines the underlying culture of privilege and exclusion. Greater awareness will contribute to fieldwide change in behavior—and ultimately improve equity.  


summersoundsIt’s About Time

More women are getting high-profile jobs conducting orchestras. But have orchestras eliminated the glass ceiling? A report from some of the women on the front lines.  




On the Right Track 

In just two years, the National Alliance for Audition Support is making an impact, with more Black and Latinx musicians taking auditions and winning positions at U.S. orchestras. 


unheardFlex Seasons

How do you plan an orchestra season during a global pandemic, when planning is impossible? By having more than one script. Fixed plans are out, and flexible plans that outline multiple scenarios are in.  






Pandemic in Perspective

The 1918 influenza pandemic had a drastic impact on American orchestras. How did orchestras cope? What can we learn from 100 years ago?


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Coda: Curating a Classical-Music Reset, After the Pandemic

Even as COVID-19 continues to challenge orchestras, this is a critical time to think deeply about the future of classical music. Conductor Tania Miller offers her view from the podium. 





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