In our 2016 fiscal year, the League is focused on leading its members in collectively advancing, articulating, and advocating for the essential experience that only orchestras can provide. A new initiative in 2016 is the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, a program that will recognize the contributions of five musicians demonstrating the highest standards of community service. Other upcoming activities include the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, which has become a launching pad for many gifted young conductors and will give up to six participants the opportunity to conduct sessions with the Nashville Symphony in May 2016, and the League’s 71st National Conference in Baltimore in June 2016.
The League is the one national organization that serves the
universally shared interests, needs, and values of orchestras, helping them
achieve what they cannot achieve alone. Over the past several years, the
League’s work has helped the field evolve and change. Orchestras throughout the
country are experiencing a moment of great possibility. Never before have
orchestras embraced the opportunities presented by their current environment
with such vigor and ingenuity: the rate of experimentation is at an all-time
high. Orchestras are reexamining their missions and placing a greater emphasis
on public impact, with a view toward fusing excellence and engagement,
fostering creativity and creating community value, and understanding repertoire
as a continuum of new and old.
The League offers a variety of seminars, fellowships, mentoring circles, webinars, and meetings through which orchestra staff, board members, musicians, and volunteers can build valuable leadership skills to address their orchestras' short- and long-term challenges and evaluate and improve governance practice. The League’s annual National Conference offers additional opportunities for professional development while providing a forum to discuss emerging issues and trends, exchange ideas, and model possible solutions to common problems.
Through all of its programs and services, the League aims to strengthen orchestras’ capacity to more fully engage with the communities in which they exist.
This year, the League and the University of Southern California established a new strategic partnership to develop future orchestra leaders. The League, in association with USC’s Arts Leadership program, presented Essentials of Orchestra Management in Los Angeles for the first time, from July 7-16, 2015. Thirty-one new and aspiring orchestra professionals (selected through competitive application) participated in the 2015 Essentials program—an intense, highly interactive course in running a fiscally sound and artistically vibrant orchestra in the 21st century.
Additionally, six men and women
under the age of 35 continued to participate in the League’s two-year Emerging Leaders Program, designed to
train and support the next generation of orchestra leaders. Now in their second
and final year, participants from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony,
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL), and San Francisco Symphony,
have been applying their improved
skills by leading a specific project designed to benefit their orchestras and
the communities they serve. These projects are providing the cross-functional
training that is essential to securing senior leadership positions within the
The League's print and digital publications, including Symphony magazine, SymphonyOnline, and The Hub, play a critical role in informing orchestra leaders about new knowledge and practice. Orchestra leaders are also invited to participate in online discussion groups, a confidential space where they can share their extensive knowledge and learn about best practices throughout the field.
The League’s anticipated outcome for all of its programmatic
work is for orchestra leaders to use the learning and information gained
through participation to inform their decision-making and apply new practices
in their orchestras.
Through the award-winning Symphony magazine, SymphonyOnline (a free digital version of the magazine), and The Hub (a special section of the League’s website), the League serves as the number one source for orchestra-related news and information. These print and digital communications keep orchestra leaders informed and connected, and provide a balance of viewpoints relevant to the field.
The League’s anticipated outcome for all of its programmatic work is for orchestra leaders to use the learning and information gained through participation to inform their decision-making and apply new practices in their orchestras.
During the last year, the League has made great strides to better serve as the orchestra field’s primary generator for meaningful, accessible, and actionable knowledge and information. These strides include the reestablishment of a senior leadership position in the Knowledge Center department and the creation and diffusion of new and refined resources. In partnership with the global consulting firm Oliver Wyman, the League conducted a nationwide study of subscription trends over the last 10 years, using data provided by member orchestras. The unprecedented study, titled Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model, provides League members and the field at-large with a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of subscription trends and identifies strategies that promote frequency and loyalty. The results were released in early November, followed by two webinars led by Namita Desai, author of the study and a consultant at Oliver Wyman, which reviewed the findings and answered questions for 140 individuals from 104 orchestras
its office in Washington, DC, the League continued to work to impact policy at
the federal level, representing orchestras nationwide in a variety of areas,
including arts and arts education funding, research and policy, visas for
foreign guest artists, cultural exchange, and nonprofit tax issues. The League is also in ongoing dialogue
with policy leaders to seek both short and long-term solutions that address
wildlife conservation goals while also protecting international musical
activity that requires musicians to travel across borders with the tools of
Since becoming President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in 2008, Jesse Rosen has been a leading voice for change, empowering the League’s 800 member orchestras with knowledge and perspective to navigate their own paths through a rapidly changing environment.
Under Rosen’s leadership, the League has advocated for orchestras’ reinvigorated and deeper engagement with community; greater discipline and understanding of fiscal health; increased use of data to inform decision-making; and widespread engagement with composers. He has increased the League’s impact by building partnerships with organizations such as New Music USA, Board Source, the Thornton School of Music at USC, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and has given voice to America’s orchestras through his Huffington Post blog, Symphony magazine column, national media interviews, and international appearances.
During his sixteen-year tenure at the League, Rosen has been instrumental in creating new programs and partnerships in the areas of artistry, leadership development, diversity, governance, capitalization, and community engagement, including Ford Made in America, Music Alive, and Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. Rosen has embraced new technologies, and, under his direction, the League has renewed its focus on hard data, issuing a range of crucial longitudinal studies and reports.
Rosen serves on the board of the American Composers Orchestra, as Vice Chair of the Performing Arts Alliance, and on the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music. A lifelong musician and experienced orchestra CEO, Rosen has served as general manager of the Seattle Symphony, executive vice president and managing director of the American Composers Orchestra in New York City, orchestra manager of the New York Philharmonic, and vice president of programs for Affiliate Artists, Inc. A trombonist, Jesse Rosen received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and pursued graduate studies at The Juilliard School.
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