Artistic Administrators

Constituency Agenda

Constituency Liaison: James Barry

The Artistic Administrators track is generously sponsored by Young Concert Artists, Inc.


Monday, June 3

Artistic Planning (Pre-Conference Seminar, registration required)



Open Time
Please use this time to have industry meetings, tour our exhibit hall, and network.


Tuesday, June 4
Mockingbird 2, Level Three

Breakfast – Sponsored by the American Pianists Association

RSVP to Milner Fuller, Artistic Administrator of the American Pianists Association, at, to attend.


Broadway A-B, level Two

Elective Session

  • 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

Elective Session

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

Elective Sessions

  • Suggested: Conversation with Joan Tower, 2019 Gold Baton recipient
    Broadway Ballroom A, Level Two

  • Suggested: The Musicians' Perspective: Creating Collaborative Cultures in Orchestras
    Cumberland 5-6, Level Three

    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


Broadway C, Level Two

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.