Monday, June 3
Artistic Planning (Pre-Conference Seminar, registration required)
Please use this time to have industry meetings, tour our exhibit hall, and network.
Tuesday, June 4
Mockingbird 2, Level Three
Suggested: Musicians Transforming Communities
What makes community engagement successful? Recipients of the 2019 League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service and others share the elements of their practice that contribute to individual transformation and lasting community impact. They’ll discuss their work in health care, educational, and other community settings and they’ll relay the musical, strategic, and organizational skills required for high-impact results.
Speakers: Aimee Halbrunner, director of education & community engagement, Richmond Symphony;
Panelists: Victoria Griswold, violin, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Jeff Handley, principal percussionist and education/outreach program director, Chicago Sinfonietta; Donna Parkes, principal trombone, Louisville Orchestra; Rebecca Patterson, principal cello, New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Rebecca Young, associate principal viola, New York Philharmonic
Cumberland 5, Level Three
Suggested: New Voices: Composers of Today
Join us for an introduction to four emerging composers whose unique compositional voices--increasingly informed by political, social, and cultural forces--are making an impact in concert halls across the country. Learn about their orchestral output; how they view their music, as creators, in an art form responding to change; and the ever-increasing role composers play in nurturing the fabric of their communities as teachers, community educators, concert curators and producers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and conductors.
Speakers: Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer; Derrick Spiva Jr., composer, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Code Switch Composers Collective / Bridge to Everywhere; Alex Temple, composer, lecturer, Northwestern University; Evan Williams, composer, conductor
The Maestro Mash-up
Maestros are multi-taskers, and many have music directorships with orchestras both within the USA and across the continents, from the Americas to Europe, from Asia to Australasia. So what are the benefits for orchestras that share a music director? Much like sister cities, can deep ties be forged that add value to the relationship? Facilitated by Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero will join Alan Valentine, president and CEO, Nashville Symphony and Natalia Klingbajl, manager of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, to talk about his role as music director of both orchestras, and how it has helped generate connections between them.
Moderator: Mark Pemberton, Director of the Association of British Orchestras
Panelists: Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director, Nashville Symphony; Alan Valentine, President & CEO, Nashville Symphony; Natalia Klingbajl, Manager of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Cumberland 1-2, Level Three
Constituency Session (shared session with Composers)
Copyrights and Music Licensing: Practical Considerations for Composers and Artistic Administrators
Copyrights, Commissions, and Music Licensing in Today’s Music Industry – What does a 21st century music publisher do? Who controls music rights? Deepen your understanding of the copyright and music licensing considerations behind commissioning, new music projects, and recording. Session participants will dive into the details of clearances, working with music publishers, and custom arrangement licensing and compliance.
Speakers: Ari Solotoff, attorney, Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.
Wednesday, June 5
Suggested: Conversation with Joan Tower, 2019 Gold Baton recipient
Suggested: The Musicians' Perspective: Creating Collaborative Cultures in Orchestras
Some orchestras are highly collaborative with board, staff, and musicians well aligned; some others would argue that if each constituent part does its job at a high level, there is not much need to collaborate; and some others are outright adversarial. There are probably as many cultures as there are orchestras. A panel of musicians will tackle the question of culture, the often unspoken yet powerful force that drives organizations more than strategy or individual leaders. They’ll consider how culture can support innovation and empowerment, as well as the role culture can play in setting and achieving organizational goals and delivering on mission.
Speakers: Kevin Jablonski, section bass, Nashville Symphony; Bradley Mansell, cellist, Nashville Symphony; Laura Ross, second violin, Nashville Symphony
Elective / Constituency Sessions
Suggested: Community Identity in Programming
Orchestras today are increasingly looking to their own community when programming and commissioning new pieces. Hear from composers and administrators on the front line of this work: how are new compositions created with community in mind; how are programs curated that reflect community; what challenges and success were encountered; and what was the community’s response.
Moderator: Teddy Abrams, Music Director, Louisville Orchestra
Panelists: Lembit Beecher, composer; Tania Leon, composer; Eun Lee, The Dream Unfinished
Name badges for this event generously provided by TALASKE l Sound Thinking.