Cincinnati orchestra diversity initiative welcomes second class of musicians

“Joining a major American orchestra takes exceptional musicianship, years of training and—not least—a great audition,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (7/21) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio). “ ‘It’s a very competitive environment,’ ” [27-year-old cellist Diana] Flores said last week at the University of Cincinnati College…

July 24, 2017
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Lansing Symphony 2017-18 season, mixing new and old, spotlighting Michigan musicians

“The 88th season of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has recently been announced, and it has all the hallmarks of what has made the LSO so wildly popular over the past decade,” writes Ken Glickman in Thursday’s (7/20) Lansing State Journal (Michigan). Music Director Timothy Muffitt…

Matthew Savery to step down from Wyoming Symphony after 2017-18 season

“The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its 68th season—the last for longtime musical director Matthew Savery,” writes Elysia Conner in Sunday’s (7/23) Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming). “Highlights will include an outdoor concert for August’s eclipse, a variety of…

Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra premieres opera using women’s prison choir

“Inmate 568 sits in the Minnesota Correctional Facility, Shakopee. It’s Mother’s Day, and she listens anxiously as a prison guard calls out other inmates’ numbers when children come to visit. Her daughter never comes,” reports Dan Kraker on Friday (7/20) at Minnesota Public Radio. “It’s a…

National Take a Stand Festival Orchestra performs at Disney Concert Hall

“An orchestra made up entirely of young musicians will take the stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 22. The group is called the National Take a Stand Festival Orchestra, composed of musicians aged 12-to-18 from across the country,” reports Paola Mardo at Southern California …

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Who's In?

Administrative: Lake Forest Symphony

TIMOTHY CORPUS has been appointed executive director of the Lake Forest Symphony in Lake Forest, Illinois. He succeeds Susan Lape, who became executive director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras in March 2017. Most recently, …

Artistic: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has named DAVID GROSSMAN principal bass and MICHAEL THORNTON principal horn. …

Artistic and Administrative: Lexington Philharmonic

The Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky has announced the appointment of two musicians and five administrators. Bassist JACK HENNING (in photo) has ...

Administrative: Madeline Island Chamber Music

SUSAN T. CHANDLER has been named executive director of Madeline Island Chamber Music, which provides training for young musicians on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, Wisconsin....

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Industry Buzz

New virtual-reality app from New Zealand Symphony

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has released a mobile app called the NZSO VR Experience, which it describes as “a fully immersive virtual reality experience of the 90-member orchestra performing at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.” The app—made by New Zealand…

Charleston Symphony adds flexible subscription option

South Carolina’s Charleston Symphony Orchestra has added a flexible subscription option, CSOMix, that allows ticket-buyers to create their own performance series, mixing Masterworks and Pops concerts. CSOMix subscribers can pick individual seats for each…

Virginia Symphony’s free seaside four-concert summer series

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, based in the southeastern portion of the state, is in the midst of its annual Symphony by the Sea series of free concerts on the Virginia Beach oceanfront....

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival caps two weeks of events with Mahler 4

At Alaska’s Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival on July 29, Robert Franz will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at Pioneer Park Exhibit Hall in Fairbanks, the culminating event of the two-week festival on the University of Fairbanks campus....

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Help Yourself

Resource: Researching arts audiences on a budget

The League’s 2017 Conference in Detroit may be over—but the learning from the great sessions continues. Video of the highly rated Bold and Informed: Researching Audiences on a Budget session is posted on the League’s post-Conference site, along with the detailed PowerPoint…

Discounts for League members to National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

League of American Orchestras members get $180 off the registration fee to the National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference in Los Angeles, October 17 and 18. The “super early bird” registration deadline is July 30.... 

Digital Media Digest for July 2017 now available

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the digital media activities that orchestras use.... 

League announces faculty and participants in Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Thirty-two professionals from across the country will take part in the League of American Orchestras’ ten-day Essentials of Orchestra Management program in Los Angeles, July 18-27....

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