Jun
3
9:15 PM21:15

Tune-Up Party

Location: Schermerhorn Symphony Hall

Following the Nashville Symphony’s performance on Monday, be sure to stay for the Tune-Up Party at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. We will have a variety of live music, food, and drink guaranteed to give you a taste of “Music City.” Come for the performance and festivities; stay for the conversation and company!

For information on getting to the 2019 Tune-Up Party, click here.

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Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Nashville Symphony Concert

Location: Schermerhorn Symphony Hall

PROGRAM 
Tower - Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Leshnoff – Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos”
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Orff – Carmina Burana

PERFORMERS 
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Nashville Ballet | Paul Vasterling, artistic director | Duncan Copp, film producer and director | Nashville Symphony Chorus | Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director | Blair Children’s Chorus | Mary Biddlecombe, artistic director | Valentina Farcas, soprano | John Logan Wood, tenor | Stephen Powell, baritone

Experience Carmina Burana as never before in this multimedia sensation featuring updated choreography from the Nashville Ballet and an original film that will bring this bawdy medieval text vividly to life. With its epic score for full orchestra, adult chorus, and children’s chorus, Carmina Burana is a feast for the senses, and this is your chance to witness the debut of the Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony’s exciting new production.

Cost: $59 - $152

Tickets in the League block are no longer available, please call the Nashville Symphony Box Office at 615 687 6400 for ticket availability, or purchase your tickets here: https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/concert/2018-2019-season/carmina-burana-2019/

Photo courtesy of Nashville Symphony

Photo courtesy of Nashville Symphony

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Jun
3
3:10 PM15:10

NEA Consultations

Location: Exhibit Hall, Opposite the entrance to Broadway Ballroom A, Level Two

Consultations are by appointment only. Through close of business, Saturday, June 1, please email nlee@americanorchestras.org to inquire about availability. From June 2 onward, please see a League staff member at Conference Registration to cancel, change, or schedule an appointment.

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Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

The Future Symphony Musician

This session is a free event developed for students or orchestra staff interested in understanding and engaging emerging professional musicians.

Location: Old Hickory, Level Three

Who is the future symphony musician? What do they see, hear, think, do and say? In this session, Dr. Tanya Kalmanovitch and Anna-Christina Phillips will apply their perspective as leaders in one of the world’s foremost conservatory professional development programs to provide a snapshot of the orchestral musician of the future.

Music students who graduate today are facing very real challenges that will shape their livelihood and their craft. The impact of these challenges is a cohort of classical musicians who have raised the bar on social responsibility in our field, and carry a greater purpose beyond music for music’s sake. They are the future of our art form. In this session we will explore the world in which they live, the way it shapes their perceptions, and how this new generation of classical musician can engage with challenges.

Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ph. D., faculty, New England Conservatory; associate professor, The New School; Anna-Christina Phillips, associate dean of entrepreneurial musicianship, New England Conservatory

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Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Film Screening: Ford Video Viewings

Location: Mockingbird 3, Level Three

Spend a few minutes to watch and learn about the 2019 Ford Musician Awards winners. The awards program, made possible through the generosity of Ford Motor Company Fund, recognizes the commitment these extraordinary musicians have made in their communities and the impact this work has had beyond the concert hall.

Teddy Bear Series, introducing young children to orchestral instruments through story, live music, and movement.

Audience Matters and SEED, in-school residency programs for students from underserved communities.

NHSO Harmony Fellowship Quartet / Recording Composition Class, for students from underrepresented communities.

Teaching children at the Heuser Hearing Institute with hearing and speech impairment skills such as singing, clapping with rhythm, and dancing.

Very Young People’s Concerts

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

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Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Opening Plenary

  • Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Location: Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Laura Turner Hall

Guerrero will lead us, as he has led the Nashville Symphony, on an exploration of what it means to be an orchestra in the America of today. As a champion of new music, he has commissioned and performed dozens of works by American composers from an extraordinary array of stylistic influences. Guerrero will explore how musical convictions must inform an orchestra’s authentic connection to its community and reflect an active cultivation of diverse talent.

Additionally, students engaged in the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando initiative will perform during the Opening Plenary, premiering a new work by composer Christopher Farrell. The Accelerando initiative is an intensive music education program designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond. Accelerando seeks to create professional opportunities for musicians from ethnic communities underrepresented in today's orchestras by providing them with instruction, mentorship, performance experiences, and assistance with applying to music schools

Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando initiative will use Newzik for this performance.  Newzik is a comprehensive music-reading solution on iPads, developed and customized to fit the needs of orchestras.

The plenary will include remarks by Ann Meier Baker, director of music and opera, National Endowment for the Arts; David Briley, mayor of Nashville; and Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras.

Speakers: Giancarlo Guerrero, music director, Martha & Bronson Ingram Music Director Chair, Nashville Symphony

 
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The Opening Session is sponsored by TRG Arts.

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Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Exhibit Area Hours

Location: Broadway Ballroom Foyer, Level Two

Stop by the Exhibit Area to meet with a wide variety of vendors serving the orchestral field. Whether you are looking for an acoustician or a ticketing software platform, or searching for new talent, find these business partners, and many more, at Conference.

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Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Trustee Orientation

Location: Broadway Ballroom G-H, Level Two

This orientation for trustees of orchestras is a great way to learn more about what content has been programmed throughout the conference with trustees in mind. For both new and returning conference attendees, this session will help you make the most of your Conference experience and will also help you to learn more about the resources and tools that the League of American Orchestras provides to orchestras boards across the country.

The Trustee Orientation is sponsored by Arts Consulting Group, Inc.

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Ticket Voucher Exchange

Location: Broadway Ballroom Foyer, Level Two

For Nashville Symphony Tickets

If you purchased concert tickets to the Nashville Symphony concert for Monday, June 3 at 7:00pm, the voucher you received when you printed your badge may be redeemed for tickets. A representative from the Nashville Symphony box office will be in the Exhibit Area to collect your voucher and issue tickets for the performance.

Any tickets not redeemed during these hours will be held in the Nashville Symphony box office and may be picked up before the performance, however, we strongly encourage you to exchange your vouchers for tickets during the allotted hours in the Exhibit Area.

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Jun
3
9:30 AM09:30

By Invitation: NAAS Meeting

Location: Cumberland 4, Level Three


The National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS) is an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It does so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. NAAS is made up of The Sphinx Organization, the lead program administrator and fiscal agent for the Alliance; the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; and the League of American Orchestras, representing 700 orchestras.  This is a working meeting of the advisory committee of the NAAS.   


The National Alliance for Audition Support is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

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Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

In Collaboration with the Conductors Guild: Behind the Curtain: The Music Director Search

Location: Music Row 2, Level Two

Each season, hundreds of conductors apply for open music director positions with American orchestras, large and small. Why do candidates advance? What happens behind the scenes? Join us for an in-depth look into the music director search process. The session will begin with a comprehensive overview, led by Henry Fogel, who will draw on his experience leading countless music director searches across the country. Dr. Julius P. Williams, president, Conductors Guild, and professor, Berklee College of Music, and Christopher Blair, president-elect, Conductors Guild and chief scientist and principal consultant, Akustiks, will provide the conductors’ perspective. We’ll also hear from three orchestra leaders who have just completed, or are in the final stages of a search, and what went into making a decision that not only affected their orchestra, but their community. The session will close with roundtable discussions, where participants can ask panelists questions in an intimate setting.   

Speakers: Christopher Blair, president-elect, Conductors Guild, Inc.; Henry Fogel, dean emeritus, Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts; Brittany Hall, executive director, Binghamton Philharmonic; Russell Jones, president & CEO, Stamford Symphony; Marc Thayer, executive director, Symphony New Hampshire; Julius Williams, president, Conductors Guild, Inc.

Cost: $255 including Conductors Guild members
$325 non-member

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 
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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Toulmin Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program Forum for Composers

Location: Mockingbird 2, Level Three

The League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Readings and Commissions program is in partnership with the American Composers Orchestra and is supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. All composers who have received commissions through this program are encouraged to attend this free convening and knowledge exchange. Commission recipients should watch their email for an invitation.

Speakers: Vanessa Rose, president & CEO, American Composers Forum

Made Possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

The Catalyst Fund Forum

Location: Cumberland 3, Level Three

All staff from orchestras receiving support through The Catalyst Fund are invited to attend this free convening and knowledge exchange. Grantees should watch their email for an invitation.

Click here for the session agenda and pre-meeting reading.

Speakers: Liz Alsina, founder, Canarii Solutions

The Catalyst Fund is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Catalyst Fund Forum is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Tying It All Together: Strategic Planning, Board Development, and Fundraising

Location: Cumberland 1, Level Three

Orchestra leaders must develop strategic plans that uniquely address the growing diversity in their communities, create robust fundraising programs to sustain and advance their organization, and develop their boards to meet their most critical needs for leadership. Sometimes board development, strategic planning, and fundraising efforts do not function in harmony for optimal results. This Pre-Conference seminar reveals best practices for bringing these three critical functions together to meet the goals of the organization.

From board recruiting and development to creating a fundable strategic plan, to setting the philanthropic plan in motion, Bob Swaney will help participants create a virtual cycle between board development, strategic planning, and fundraising that will help set the stage for the organization’s next growth cycle.

Speakers: Bob Swaney, founder & CEO, Robert Swaney Consulting

Cost: $255
$325 non-member

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Website Tools and Skills for Data-driven Decision-making

Location: Music Row 3, Level Two

Whether they are “technically-inclined” or not, this Pre-Conference seminar will both familiarize participants with no-cost website analytic tools, and impart the skills required to use them. At morning’s end, they’ll have a clear understanding of how to determine whether their organization’s website is or isn’t performing, and how to improve it in either case.

We’ll spend the first two hours focusing on Google Analytics (GA), a free and powerful tool orchestras can use to learn how users behave on their websites. We’ll cover how to navigate the platform, how to create key reports, and how to use more advanced functionality in GA to derive maximum benefit for the organization. Participants will engage in an interactive activity to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) for measuring overall website success.

Next, we’ll tour Data Studio, a new tool from Google that can be used to visualize Google Analytics data in easy to understand dashboards and reports. We will walk through how to build a dashboard using the KPIs identified in the Google Analytics segment.

Lastly, we’ll explore the benefits of data-driven decision-making derived from the employment of Google Tag Manager. And we’ll introduce the world of iterative optimization and A/B testing with tools like Google Optimize.

Regardless of their current technical proficiency, seminar participants will leave knowing what to do and how to do it. They’ll be inspired to make their organization’s digital infrastructure the best it can be.

Please bring the info described in the attached to the session.

Speakers: Jess Bergson, senior analyst, Capacity Interactive

Cost: $255
$325 non-member

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

New Strategies for Success in Audience Research and Development

Location: Cumberland 2, Level Three

Audience research can be immensely valuable, revealing the behavior and interests of your orchestra’s audience. But making sense of the results—all that data, all those stats—and determining how to proceed can be daunting. This two-part Pre-Conference seminar cuts through the clutter to show how audience research and cost-benefit analysis can give you fresh insights and understanding of your audiences—new and experienced—and how to address the problems of audience attrition, churn, and aging.

Part I: Using Data to Inform Audience-Building Strategies: Emerging Insights

In the first part of this Pre-Conference seminar, Bahia Ramos, director of arts at The Wallace Foundation, will share insights from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, which over the past four years sought to answer the question: “How can arts organizations build new audiences while retaining current ones; how can these efforts contribute to financial health; and can the efforts be sustained?” Based on an analysis of 25 arts organizations’ ticketing data, Ramos and Wallace Foundation representatives will share some emerging trends consistent across the grantees; the deeper questions that were prompted; and the conversations that the data has sparked on the tradeoffs arts groups face when deciding which audience-building efforts are “worth it” for their organization. Orchestra professionals are encouraged to join a conversation about what your organization’s data can reveal, and how to think through audience-building efforts that are aligned with your organization’s values and purpose.

Part II: The Long Haul Model: A New Approach to Audience Development that Solves the Problems of Attrition, Churn, and Aging

Next, we’ll explore how one orchestra has rethought its approaches to understanding audiences—and forged new success. After a calculated change in audience development strategy five seasons ago, the California Symphony has doubled the number of tickets sold annually and nearly quadrupled the donor base. In this workshop, California Symphony Executive Director Aubrey Bergauer will share the details of The Long Haul Model, a disciplined approach across every segment in the database—from first time buyers to longtime donors—to open up the pipeline at all levels of patron engagement. You’ll learn how to implement the model, where to begin, when the model scales up to bigger budget sizes, why the board should care, and what the additional revenue looks like for your organization so that you can in turn better serve the art and the mission

Executive directors, artistic directors and other senior staff members are encouraged to join us for a conversation about what your organizations’ data can reveal, and how to think through audience-building efforts that are aligned with your organization’s core values and purpose.

Resources:
Building Audiences for Sustainability

Speakers: Aubrey Bergauer, executive director, California Symphony; Susan Nelson, executive vice president, TDC; Christopher Perez, vice president, TDC; Bahia Ramos, director of arts at The Wallace Foundation; Tonya Robles, vice president and general manager, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Christine Yoon, senior program officer, The Wallace Foundation

Cost: $255
$325 non-member

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Wallace Foundation.

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Music Alive Cohort Convening

Location: Old Hickory, Level Three

Music Alive is a national three-year-composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. More than visiting artists, the composers in residence are centrally embedded within their orchestras, and their roles are incorporated directly into the orchestras’ operations, programming and curatorial decisions, and activities in their communities. Composers who have participated or currently participate in the Music Alive program are encouraged to attend this free convening and knowledge exchange. Program participants should watch their email for an invitation.

Speakers: Lembit Beecher, Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Music Alive is made possible due to a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

The American Orchestras’ Futures Fund Forum

Location: Broadway Ballroom K, Level Two

The American Futures Fund Forum

The inaugural American Orchestras’ Futures Fund Forum will convene the recipients of Futures Fund grants for a townhall format exchange of knowledge, ideas, and discoveries. Through peer-led conversations, participants will share the opportunities that emerged and challenges that they tackled in undertaking some of the most innovative work in U.S. orchestras today.

This peer-led program will be anchored by three panel discussions on themes that recurred in the League’s conversations with grantees and that were put forth in the reports:

How do we break down silos?

A culture of innovation demands that teams reconsider their roles in new ways. It renegotiates the organizational chart and transcends hierarchical and functional designations. Unencumbered, observations and ideas proliferate. Solutions emerge at the junctures where expertise and specializations intersect.

This conversation will explore the ways in which grantees reconsidered their departments and built working groups that collaborated in ways unimagined by an organizational chart.

How do we measure success?

Almost definitionally, innovative work defies the reductive logics of our historic metrics, and evades the cleanliness. Beyond revenue and ticket sales is the change that we are making within our orchestra, within our communities, and in the world. This conversation will explore how we evaluate the vitality, vibrancy, and impact of our work.

How do we sustain our work?

Experimentation often requires moving outside of an organizational comfort zone. It challenges staff to assume new (and sometimes additional) responsibilities and it tests organizational capacities. Experimentation puts forward new logistical, financial, and conceptual considerations. It calls your team to transcend their responsibilities and drive paths unhewn by the routinization of your standard operating procedures.

But, when you get it right, the effect is the magical realization of what previously seemed aspirational: the work transforms lives, invigorates your team, and demonstrates the impact that your orchestra can deliver. This conversation will explore how we can keep the momentum going, avoid burnout, foster resilience, and develop business models that make the work financially sustainable.

Logistics

All orchestras that have received funding through the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund may send delegates to participate in this convening. Participating in the Forum is free of charge. A limited number of travel stipends are available for grantees to attend. A special rate is available for program-level staff who participate in this convening and who also wish to attend Conference.

For questions regarding the Forum, please contact Karen Yair, Vice President, Knowledge, Learning, and Leadership at kyair@americanorchestras.org

Resources
Agenda

Speakers: Christopher Adriance, marketing and loyalty programs manager, Pacific Symphony; Angela Carter, development director, clarinetist, Tulsa Symphony; Jennifer Harrell, director of education and community partnerships, Knoxville Symphony; Meiko Hatano, executive director, Oakland Symphony; Jeremy Jolley, artistic collaborations manager, Seattle Symphony; Pamela Kihnley, director of fund development, EPSO Tocando liason; El Paso Symphony Orchestra; Anna Kuwabara, executive director, Albany Symphony Orchestra; Susan Lape, executive director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, principal researcher, WolfBrown; James Roe, President & Executive Director, Orchestra of St. Luke’s ; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras

The American Orchestras' Futures Fund is made possible by a generous grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Foundations of Collective Bargaining

Location: Cumberland 5, Level Three

Presented by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, this Pre-Conference seminar is an introductory course on current ideas and best practices in collective bargaining and negotiation. Exploring the dynamics of human behavior and other aspects of the collective bargaining process, the expert presenters will cover key skills necessary to be an effective bargaining team member and discuss how to prepare for various stages of the negotiation process.

Speakers: Barbara Owens, commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service; Javier Ramierz, director, agency iniatives, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Cost: $40*
*There is no charge for the seminar; a $40 fee per registrant is applied to defray food and beverage expenses.

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Artistic Planning

Location: Music Row 1, Level Two

This Pre-Conference seminar is designed for anyone who has to consider the artistic work of their orchestra: executive directors, conductors, musicians, board members, and staff. It will survey everything from planning to programming and execution. Beginning with vision and overarching goals, we’ll look at what goes into making programs and cohesive seasons, considering the creative, practical, and audience dimensions. Balancing input from marketing, operations, and musician/board committees, as well as communicating programs and seasons effectively to internal and external audiences, are essential parts of successful programming.  Telling the story, generating excitement among the staff, and arousing the interest of the press, community, and audiences will be covered. And finally, we’ll look at putting it all together: working with guest artists and artist managers, setting rehearsal orders, creating compelling program notes, and more.

Speakers: David Dredla, association vice president, Artistic Administration of the Toronto Symphony; Martha Gilmer, chief executive officer, San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Cost: $255
$325 non-member

Made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jun
3
7:45 AM07:45

Donor Desk Hours

Location: Broadway Ballroom Foyer, Level Two

Have you already made a gift to the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 Annual Fund? If so, stop by the Donor Desk to pick up your Nashville 2019 pin, recognizing your support of the League.

If not… it’s not too late! Visit the Donor Desk or make a gift online at americanorchestras.org/donate.

The first 150 individuals to make a gift at the donor desk, during Conference, will receive an exclusive 74th National Conference poster.

We will have a satellite donor desk open in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (12:30pm-1:00pm; 2:30pm-3:00pm)


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May
16
5:30 PM17:30

Essentials Alumni Meet-Up

Location: Omni Hotel, Bar Lines Bar

We want to ensure that you all have a chance to connect with each other at the National Conference this summer in Nashville, TN. We would love to invite you to an informal meet-up in the Bar Lines bar in Omni Nashville Hotel (250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203) on Monday June 3, from 5:30-6:30pm before the Nashville Symphony Concert. This is a pay-your-own-way event. Seating is provided on first come first served basis and no RSVP is needed. We know that it’s important for you to connect with your peers and wanted to organize this opportunity for you to do so.

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