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Jun
4
2:30 PM14:30

Auditions, Identity, and Culture

Location: Broadway Ballroom G-H, Level Two

Four musicians of color, each leading and giving shape to the national conversation on race and ethnicity in orchestras, reflect on their audition experience, with and without screens, and on their paths navigating orchestras’ predominantly white, Western European culture.

Speakers: Alex Laing, principal clarinet, Phoenix Symphony; Stephanie Matthews, violinist, founder and creative director of StringCandy, Co-Founder of the Re-Collective Orchestra; Shea Scruggs, consultant; Weston Sprott, trombone, The MET Orchestra

Auditions, Identity, and Culture is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Jun
4
2:30 PM14:30

Diversifying Your Audience Through Innovative Programming

Location: Broadway Ballroom J-K, Level Two

One of the most exciting new developments in recent years has been the emergence of independently branded program offerings such as Sensorium (San Francisco Ballet), Pulse (New World Symphony), SoundBox (San Francisco Symphony), Liquid Music (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), Sleepless (The Music Center), and many more. A marriage of sophisticated branding and innovative programming, branded series and formats are renewable assets that can be exploited artistically and financially over time.

Increasingly, younger and more diverse audiences opt into branded experiences without knowing program details, sidestepping many of the familiar barriers to attendance. We will take stock of current efforts to attract new audience segments through branded formats and series that promise—and deliver—a distinctly different experience. And participants will gain an understanding of the powerful link between branding, programming, and engagement while learning considerations for planning and investing in this type of programming.

Speakers: Alan Brown, principal, WolfBrown

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Jun
4
2:30 PM14:30

Evolving Models for Leveraging Volunteers

Location: Broadway Ballroom A-B, Level Two

This session examines the multitude of emerging models for volunteer engagement and organizations. With a group of panelists from a wide range of positions within the orchestral ecosystem, a facilitated discussion will highlight the various pathways for growing strong bonds with volunteer groups and collaborating to achieve organizational goals in community engagement and fundraising.

Speakers: Laura Hyde, past president, Women's Symphony League of Tyler; Kathleen McCracken, director of volunteer services, Nashville Symphony; Casey Oelkers, director of development, Madison Symphony; Linda Stevens, volunteer, Kansas City Symphony; Alan D. Valentine, president & CEO, Nashville Symphony

ESa Architects has generously sponsored the Evolving Models for Leveraging Volunteers session.

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Jun
4
11:15 AM11:15

How Do Your Digital Marketing Strategies Compare to Those of Your Peers?

Location: Broadway Ballroom J-K, Level Two

For six years, Capacity Interactive (CI) has surveyed arts organizations to understand how they’re using digital marketing tools and how their digital marketing strategies are evolving…or not evolving. This session will highlight the key findings of CI’s latest Digital Marketing Benchmark Study, a survey of close to 200 organizations, and provide participants with, not only persuasive data, but also with case studies and knowledge of the best practices of digital marketers in the arts and cultural space.

Speakers: Shira Green, director of business development, Capacity Interactive

Idagio has generously sponsored the How Do Your Digital Marketing Strategies Compare to Those of Your Peers? session.

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Jun
4
11:15 AM11:15

New Voices: Orchestra Composers of Today

Location: Broadway Ballroom C-D, Level Two

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; Jennifer Jolley, assistant professor of composition, Texas Tech University; 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; Evan Williams, composer, conductor, Rhodes College

Made possible by a generous grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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Jun
4
11:15 AM11:15

Creating a Culture of Respect in the Era of #MeToo

Location: Broadway Ballroom H, Level Two

Join us for an insightful discussion on the importance of organizational change in the era of #MeToo—and how to take action. Framing the session from the standpoint of institutional culture, Lisa Brown Alexander will help participants gain an understanding of their role in creating a culture of respect as they acquire a practical knowledge of tools, tips, training, vocabulary, and procedures.

Resources:

State of Women Blog
Talent Sustainability Continuum
15 Questions for Retention Interviews
Talent Management Priorities for Nonprofits
League Resources on Sexual Harassment Prevention

Speakers: Lisa Brown Alexander, founding president & CEO, Nonprofit HR

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Jun
4
11:15 AM11:15

The Immersive Orchestra: Leveraging New Technology

Location: Broadway Ballroom G, Level Two

Digital experts from the New World Symphony will provide an introduction to recording and presenting orchestras using immersive and interactive media, including live streaming, virtual reality, augmented reality, and more. They’ll cover the benefits and pitfalls of adopting new tech, as well as tips on how to get started. Attendees will gain an understanding of the potential applications and broader uses of these tools within their own organizations.

Speakers: Rafael Baldwin, digital media storyteller, New World Symphony; Jessica Hodder, director of digital communications, New World Symphony

This session is generously sponsored by Threshold Acoustics.

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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Building a Race Equity Culture: Transforming Your Organizational Culture Beyond Diversity and Inclusion Towards Racial Equity

Location: Cumberland 5, Level Three

Lack of diversity is often treated as a recruiting issue, yet the challenge runs deeper than the myth of the inadequate “talent pipeline.” At its core lies organizational cultures rooted in systemic racism. With the lack of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workforce while demographics shift towards increasing racial diversity, orchestras must confront the true nature of this challenge, face the implicit bias in institutions, and commit to adopting policies and practices that create a culture of inclusion and equity.

What does equity mean, and how might it look in practice in relation to the organization’s mission, culture, and programs? We will engage and support leaders in a bold conversation on the cases, tactics, and tools that will drive action on building a Race Equity Culture. Research from the organization Equity in the Center will be shared in an interactive forum that promotes peer learning and empowers participants to move from intention to action as they address the adaptive challenge of shifting organizational culture toward inclusion and equity. To conclude, participants will define actionable next steps for progress.

Speakers: Kerrien Suarez, executive director, Equity in the Center

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Omni Hotel Nashville, Mockingbird 2, Level 3

11:30-12:30

12:30

Building a Race Equity Culture: Transforming Your Organizational Culture Beyond Diversity and Inclusion Towards Racial Equity is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Musicians Transforming Communities

Location: Broadway Ballroom A-B, Level Two

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

Made possible by generous grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund.

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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Preparing the Orchestra Culture for Lasting EDI Work

Location: Broadway Ballroom G, Level Two

Creating an environment in which equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts will be effective, authentic and sustainable is a necessary but often overlooked element of EDI work that requires dedicated thought and resources. During this session, a panel of orchestra leaders will discuss an aspect of their organizational culture (such as learning and development around racial equity work, building a collaborative cross-functional internal working environment, etc.) that they focused on in order to prepare for implementation of long-term EDI strategies. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the complexity of—and best practices in—this process.

Speakers: Christina Littlejohn, chief executive director, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Alan D. Valentine, president & CEO, Nashville Symphony

Preparing the Orchestra Culture for Lasting EDI Work is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

ESa Architects has generously sponsored the Preparing the Orchestra Culture for Lasting EDI Work session.


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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Placing Patrons at the Center: Uniting Your Marketing and Development Teams

Location: Broadway Ballroom J-K, Level Two

Marketing must fill the house. Development must fill the coffers. And both must do this while sharing a limited database to achieve their goals. We will outline a cooperative, complementary approach to revenue-generation that not only engenders harmony between the two departments, but generates higher revenues, higher patron-satisfaction, and results in—at all levels—a more cohesive organization. Specifically, we’ll addresses coordinating timing, list sharing, staffing models that promote coordinated goals, messaging to reinforce organizational priorities, and proper use of technology. Participants will learn to orchestrate an environment that promotes productive outcomes for marketing and development that are patron-focused and goal-focused.

Speakers: Sandi Macdonald, president & CEO, North Carolina Symphony; Eric Nelson, client engagement officer, TRG Arts

* Full participation in “Placing Patrons at the Center: Uniting Your Marketing and Development Teams” is applicable for 1.25 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

At Home and Abroad: The Orchestra as Agent of Change

Location: Broadway Ballroom C-D, Level Two

Orchestras are increasingly framing their concerts and programs to address timely global issues and international communities, whether by more dynamically connecting international tours to those they serve at home, or by addressing displaced populations in their own communities. This session features a discussion of the ways in which orchestras can be agents of change through international artistry —and why it is important and worthwhile to do so.

Resources:
Associated Press in U.S. News, May 9, 2015: Minnesota Orchestra rebounds from long, bitter lockout with prestigious trip to Cuba
Classical MPR, August 17, 2018: Soweto crowd rapturously responds to Minnesota Orchestra
Strings Magazine, December 2018: Looking Back at the Minnesota Orchestra’s August 2018 Tour of South Africa
Arnstein Ladder of Citizen Participation
Artists from Abroad: The Complete Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirements

Speakers: John Forsyte, president and CEO, Pacific Symphony; Neeta Helms, president, Classical Movements; Eun Lee, executive director, The Dream Unfinished

This session is generously sponsored by SOS Global Express.

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