Symphony: Winter 2019

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Check out the latest issue of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, online and in print—with all the great articles, news, interviews, and photos you’ve come to expect.

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Click below to read, print, or download sharable PDFs of each article in this issue, with links to websites in the articles as well as to advertisers.


scoreThe Score

News and updates from orchestras everywhere. In this issue: Pittsburgh Symphony honors victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting; North Carolina Symphony’s Cherokee connections; orchestras use music to assist those facing memory loss. Plus: new music directors in Milwaukee, San Francisco, and Toronto.



Board Room: Board Members as Cultural Ambassadors

Board members can become more compelling advocates for their orchestras. How? Nonprofit governance expert Susan Howlett offers some suggestions.





At the League: Newly Essential

The League’s long-running Essentials of Orchestra Management program is changing with the times and adapting to broad cultural shifts. By Jeremy Reynolds



Stepping Up

How can the classical music field build podium diversity? The Chicago Sinfonietta is focusing on exactly that challenge. By Nancy Malitz





Century Rolls

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is using its centennial celebration as an opportunity to look back at the past—and as a springboard to the future. By Jim Farber



missionMission: Commission

Smaller-budget orchestras are embracing new music with commissions. By Janelle Gelfand





The Teachers Who Made All the Difference

Ask a few emerging artists what has been their biggest influence, and they will cite inspirational teachers. By Steven Brown




Guide to Emerging Artists

The conductors, composers, ensembles, and soloists on the rise, in an indispensable guide.





codaBridging the Generations 

In an intergenerational orchestra, an eight-year-old violinist might share a music stand with an octogenarian—with benefits for all. By Martin Steinberg




codaAdvertiser Index








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codaCoda: Miss America, Arts Advocate

Nia Imani Franklin, the reigning Miss America 2019, is a composer and classically trained singer who advocates for music and the arts.





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