Content Tracks

In selecting content this year, the League staff used carefully crafted learning objectives for each Conference track. Read more about each track and content below. You can choose to attend any elective you wish throughout Conference.

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Artistic Vitality

  1. Catalyze thinking and discourse as to how music-centricity can drive an orchestra's connection to its community. 

  2. Emphasize composers, traditional music, and new music for orchestras that bend/transcend genre. 

  3. Focus on diversity, women, LGBTQ+ people, and other underrepresented communities in artistic leadership roles.

  4. Present information that is relevant to current areas of interest or demand that would be of unique interest to the artistic work of orchestras. 
    Artistic Excellence and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: A Moderated Debate
    Artistic Planning
    Behind the Curtain: The Music Director Search (in collaboration with Conductors Guild)

    Community Identity in Programming
    Copyrights and Music Licensing: Practical Considerations for Orchestras
    Musicians Transforming Communities
    New Voices: Orchestra Composers of Today
    The Musicians' Perspective: Creating Collaborative Cultures in Orchestras


Engagement and Innovation

  1. Highlight new knowledge, learning, and strategies for orchestras to use in order to engage, innovate, and experiment, both internally and externally. 

  2. Focus on ways emerging technology can be utilized to improve audience engagement and/or deepen engagement with previously untapped communities. 

  3. Articulate the evolution of best practices as they relate to inclusive concert design and implementation of accessible concert environments.

  4. Address timely issues that affect long-term strategic vision. 

    Check This Out!
    Diversifying Your Audience Through Innovative Programming
    At Home and Abroad: The Orchestra as Agent of Change
    The Immersive Orchestra: Leveraging New Technology in A/R & V/R



Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)*

  1. Define a field-wide EDI vision and associated indicators of success.

  2. Standardize and continue to update best practice EDI language and definitions for use in the field.

  3. Clearly acknowledge the orchestra field’s history of bias and oppression in order to promote healing and forward movement.

  4. Reframe the narrative through messaging and imagery: Continue to center underrepresented voices in the field and tell the story of the field’s work around EDI.

  5. Continue discussions from previous convenings to demonstrate our willingness to facilitate these conversations while simultaneously propelling them forward. 

  6. Cultivate and make available artistic resources.  

  7. Facilitate peer learning in best EDI practices in order to raise awareness and address the responsibility of orchestras to create more inclusive and equitable organizational cultures.  

  8. Expand our view of EDI beyond racial/ethnic qualifiers.

  9. Advance the discussion of audition processes.

    Auditions, Identity, and Culture
    Education and Community Engagement Half Day Session
    Building a Race Equity Culture: Transforming your organizational culture beyond diversity and inclusion towards racial equity
    Engaging the LGBTQ+ Community
    Musicians and Audiences with Disabilities: Making Inclusion the Heart of your Orchestra
    Preparing the Orchestra Culture for Lasting EDI Work
    Walking the walk: why music education matters and what orchestras can do

The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion track is
made possible by generous grant from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

*Learning objectives in this track adhere to
the League’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategic plan.


Leadership, People, and Culture

  1. Cover perennial issues such as leadership development, strategic planning, and fostering good organizational culture. 

  2. Help prevent sexual harassment in the orchestra field by promoting cultures of respect.

  3. Leverage current and evolving parts of the orchestra eco-system to achieve institutional goals. 

  4. Embed music-centricity in leadership and the implications it has on organizational decision-making. 

    Creating a Culture of Respect in the Era of #MeToo
    Evolving Models for Leveraging Volunteers
    Foundations of Collective Bargaining
    Pathways to Organizational Sustainability: Lessons Learned from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund
    Philanthropy: New Motivations and Incentives for Giving


Marketing and Development

  1. Promote branding as a cornerstone of engagement and audience sustainability.

  2. Balance evergreen content in fundraising with new applications for collaboration or re-envisioning new approaches to recurring issues in the field (fundraising, campaigns, donors, etc.)

  3. Present tactical, tangible, and beneficial tools that can readily be implemented and showcase success stories and peer-to-peer learning on best practices. 

  4. Showcase a focus on orchestra governance and how it affects organizational health. 

    Adaptable Fundraising Models for Orchestras of Any Size
    How Do Your Digital Marketing Strategies Compare to Those of Your Peers?
    Placing Patrons at the Center: Uniting Your Marketing and Development Teams
    Raising Your Organization’s Largest Gifts
    Tying It All Together: Strategic Planning, Board Development, and Fundraising
    New Strategies for Success in Audience Research and Development
    Website Tools and Skills for Data-Driven Decision-making

The League of American Orchestras is an approved Education Provider of CFRE International. Please click on the links below to find details of CFRE approved sessions.  A CFRE Continuing Education Points Tracker will be available for download on this page on June 1, 2019.