Columbus Symphony receives $8 million bequest from longtime patron

“Nearly a year after her death, Anne Melvin has given the Columbus Symphony Orchestra a gift that will help ensure the group’s long-term stability,” writes Ken Gordon in Thursday’s (12/7) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio). “Melvin, who died in December 2016, had donated millions of dollars to the symphony during the course of her life....

December 11, 2017
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James Levine denies accusations of sexual abuse as “unfounded”

“James Levine, the famed conductor and former music director of the Metropolitan Opera, issued his first response Thursday evening to accusations that he sexually abused several men decades ago when they were teenagers or his students, calling them ‘unfounded,’ ” writes Michael Cooper in Friday’s (12/8) New York Times....

Philadelphia Orchestra licenses LiveNote mobile app for use by other orchestras

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is rolling out a new way to make money: the LiveNote mobile app,” reports Peter Crimmins on Tuesday (12/5) at radio station WHYY (Delaware/Philadelphia)....

LA Orchestra Fellowship, fostering growth in professional-musician diversity

“A 2016 report on diversity issued by the League of American Orchestras found that less than five percent of [musicians are] African American, Hispanic or Native American,” writes Laurie Niles in Wednesday’s (12/6) Violinist.com....

High school orchestra commissions score to memorialize teachers who died

“When Emily Bondarenko first played through her piano part in her high school chamber orchestra’s newest piece, the jagged melody and chaotic measures did not seem to go together,” writes Vikki Ortiz Healy in Tuesday’s (12/5) Chicago Tribune....

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Administrative: Cleveland Institute of Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has announced the appointment of LISA WHITFIELD as talent development officer, a new position that supports diversity and inclusion initiatives....

Administrative: West Michigan Symphony

ANDY BUELOW has been named executive director of the West Michigan Symphony, effective January 15, 2018. He succeeds Carla Hill, who stepped down in June, and Kay Olthoff, who has been serving as interim executive director....

Administrative: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has appointed LIZA PRIJATEL THORS as vice president of communications. She will begin her tenure on January 2, 2018....

Administrative: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York has announced a promotion and additional title for JENNIFER BARBEE. Serving as the Buffalo Philharmonic’s director of development since 2010, Barbee now adds the title of associate director, a new position at the orchestra....

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Alumni from LA Phil’s YOLA program perform in Sweden during Nobel Week

On December 8, three alumni of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) program perform in Stockholm, Sweden during Nobel Week, which features the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra....

Musical America names 30 arts “movers and shapers” for 2017

Musical America, the publisher of Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts and the news website MusicalAmerica.com, has released the new edition of The MA 30 Professionals of the Year: Movers & Shapers....

Pittsburgh Symphony to premiere Bostic’s “August Wilson Symphony” in January

On January 20, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Kathryn Bostic’s August Wilson Symphony at Heinz Hall, conducted by Lucas Richman....

Winnipeg Symphony’s next new-music festival, with Philip Glass in residence

From January 27 to February 2, 2018, Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will host its annual New Music Festival, this season featuring composer Philip Glass, who will be in residence. Among the festival’s fifteen world premieres...

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Now posted: Digital Media Digest for December 2017

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....

Orchestras invited to “Link Up” with Carnegie Hall

Orchestras interested in Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program are invited to join a 30-minute informational webinar on Thursday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. (ET). Link Up introduces students in grades 3 through 5 to the orchestra through an interactive educational curriculum and culminating concerts.... 

League speaks up for musical instruments at international endangered-species policy meeting

In pursuit of easing restrictions for musicians who travel internationally with instruments containing rosewood, the League of American Orchestras represented orchestras at the 69th Standing Committee meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, held in Geneva, Switzerland this week....

Twelve orchestra professionals take part in League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program

Twelve high-potential orchestra professionals have been selected for the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. The ten-month program offers mentoring by ... 

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