Refugee Orchestra Project launches in U.S.

“After fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, a number of musicians have come together to set up an orchestra in New York,” writes Gabriel Elizondo at Aljazeera.com on Sunday (6/26). “The Refugee Orchestra Project includes refugees from Syria to Russia.... A recent concert was held on World Refugee Day....  

June 27, 2016
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Chicago Symphony reappoints Alex Klein principal oboe

“Alex Klein, former principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is expected to return to his old position, having won the audition for that coveted post on Friday, according to music director Riccardo Muti,” writes John von Rhein in Monday’s (6/27) Chicago Tribune.... 

Aiming for diversity at Minneapolis and St. Paul orchestras

“Created to achieve gender equity in the classical world, the blind audition forces a committee to judge a musician’s worth strictly on sound,” writes Graydon Royce in Friday’s (6/24) Star Tribune (Minneapolis)....

Canadian periodontist wins Cliburn amateur piano competition

“Canadian Thomas Yu wowed the Bass Hall audience and judges with an impressive Saint-Saëns piano concerto movement, earning him first place in the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition,” writes Andrea Ahles in Saturday’s (6/25) Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas)....

Dallas Opera’s long-term commitment to women conductors institute

The Dallas Opera “has committed to running the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors for 20 years, 15 more than initially promised, general director and CEO Keith Cerny said Tuesday,” reports Amanda Angel at New York classical radio station WQXR on Thursday (6/23)....

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Who's In?

Administrative: League of American Orchestras

The League of American Orchestras has announced the appointment of SARAH E. KELLY as vice president for development. A fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience, she has worked as a senior staff member or…

Artistic: Annapolis Symphony

Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced two musician appointments: ROBERT DiLUTIS to the principal clarinet post and BRIAN ELDRIDGE as second clarinet. …

Administrative: Colburn School

LEE CIOPPA has been named dean of the Conservatory of Music at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, effective August 1, 2016. She goes to Colburn from the Juilliard School, where she has been associate dean of admissions since 2003. Her…

Administrative: Hartt School

The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut has announced the appointment of ELIZABETH COOPER as dean, effective August 15, 2016. She is currently director of the Hunter College Dance Program in New York City. She had…

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Industry Buzz

Delaware Symphony receives $300K for strategic plan expanding orchestra’s reach

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra has announced a $300,000 challenge grant from the Longwood Foundation to support its three-year strategic plan, with the grant contingent upon the DSO securing another $150,000 in commitments....

New Haven Symphony heads downtown—with flying unicycles and trapeze artists

On June 25, Connecticut’s New Haven Symphony Orchestra will join with performers from the Cirque Mechanics troupe to give a free outdoor performance at New Haven Green. As the orchestra performs music by Bizet, Copland, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, …

National Repertory Orchestra’s summer season underway in Breckenridge, Colo.

Colorado’s National Repertory Orchestra— a fellowship program designed to prepare young musicians for careers in music—opened its 2016 summer season on June 11 at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center with the first of fifteen performances through July 31....

Seattle Symphony announces new programs serving city’s homeless

The Seattle Symphony today launched Simple Gifts, a multi-year initiative that will use music to help alleviate trauma and connect individuals with their creativity through artistic projects, residencies, and access to performances. The program is a response to the declaration of a state of emergency for the city and county’s homelessness crisis....

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Help Yourself

New board diversity resource from Irvine Foundation

As part of its blog series highlighting key issues in the arts, the California-based James Irvine Foundation has launched an online resource for arts organizations aiming to attain diverse and inclusive boards of directors....

Conference videos now posted!

The League’s 71st National Conference is over, but the learning continues. From the combined OrchKids–Baltimore Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra performance of Brian Prechtl’s moving “One Baltimore” to the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings’s impassioned speech
at the closing plenary session....

Applications now open for League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program

The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program increases the leadership capabilities of high-potential, early-career orchestra executives, benefitting individuals and the orchestras they work for alike. This ten-month program...

Conference calls!

Answer affirmatively. Help yourself and your organization by registering today for the League’s 2016 Conference, which will be held next week (June 9-11) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront....

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