League of American Orchestras announces online National Conference; Clarinetist Anthony McGill is in Opening Session May 5, 2020

From left to right: Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic; 

Deborah Borda, President and CEO, New York Philharmonic; Henry Timms, President and CEO, Lincoln Center; 

and Nina Simon, Spacemaker and CEO, OF/BY/FOR ALL

New York, NY (April 30, 2020) The League of American Orchestras National Conference, Global Stages, Local Stories, has been transformed into an extended online event, the League announced today. Taking place from May 5-June 12, the Conference will be free of charge for all League members.

Over the course of six weeks, the League will provide an array of webinars, constituency meetings, and networking events that are designed 
  • To help orchestras navigate the global pandemic and its aftermath 
  • To continue advancing the imperatives of equity, relevance, innovation, and creativity 
  • And to unite and inspire the orchestra community.
The Conference had originally been scheduled for June 10-12 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

Preliminary Schedule (all sessions below run from 1:00-2:30pm EDT)
Week 1 
Tue, May 5: Opening Session with Deborah Borda, Anthony McGill, Jesse Rosen, and Henry Timms
Wed, May 6: Scenario Planning in the Time of COVID-19
Thu, May 7: Philanthropy Today
Week 2 
Tue, May 12: Arts Marketing Session
Wed, May 13: The Leader’s Influence: Championing the Advancement of EDI Practice
Thu, May 14: Engaging Audiences at Home
Week 3 
Tue, May 19: Outside the Box: An (Unconventional) Orchestra Musician’s Perspective
Wed, May 20: How to Use Scenario-building to Plan for an Uncertain Future
Thu, May 21: Tools for Problem-solving in Negotiations with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Week 4 
Tue, May 26: Conference Keynote with Nina Simon: Re-envision Relevance to Build a More Inclusive Future
Wed, May 27: Surfing the Digital Wave: Increase Your Orchestra’s Footprint in Local and Global Arenas
Thu, May 28: Addressing Gender Equity On and Off the Stage
Weeks 5 and 6
Fri, June 12: Closing Keynote with Valerie Coleman
Details about week 5 and 6 elective and keynote sessions featuring major national research findings, information on visa processing, and a closing keynote with Valerie Coleman are still to come.
Find additional information, including registration details, at leagueconference.org 
Media interested in attending should contact Rachelle Schlosser to obtain press registration link: rschlosser@americanorchestras.org

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 1,700 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.