Help Yourself

Help Yourself is an update on League activities and programs. It includes information on upcoming seminars, events, and meetings, as well as League announcements, Conference updates, award programs, and application deadlines.

Music Academy of the West’s Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference, June 22

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Music Academy of the West, based in Santa Barbara, California, has announced speakers and programming for its second annual Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference on June 22, 2018. The conference addresses topical…

 

Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island” with Pacific Symphony on PBS, June 29

Thursday, 14 June 2018

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, on June 29 PBS’s Great Performances series will broadcast the Pacific Symphony’s performance of Ellis Island: The Dream of America, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Composer Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The

 

Read all about it in Symphony magazine—for free

Friday, 08 June 2018

Symphony, the award-winning magazine of the League of American Orchestras, reports on the critical issues, emerging trends, and latest developments of the orchestra world. What’s in the Spring issue? Symphony examines how tech in the concert hall and crowdsourced symphonies ...

 

League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar: July 16-26 in Los Angeles

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Thirty-four orchestra executives, administrators, musicians, students, and career changers from across the country will participate in the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management program, July 16 to 26. Directed by Los Angeles Philharmonic CEO Simon Woods ...

 

Be a part of League Giving Day on June 14

Monday, 04 June 2018

Join orchestras around the country on Thursday, June 14 and create impact with the League of American Orchestras’ second annual League Giving Day! The goal is to raise $100,000 in just 24 hours and increase awareness of the important work that the League does on behalf of orchestras.... 

 

Copland Fund’s grant applications for ensembles now open

Friday, 25 May 2018

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music has opened its 2018 Performance Program grant cycle. The Performance Program supports performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American…

 

Apply by May 24 for chance to conduct Boston Pops

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The deadline is May 24 at 10 p.m. ET to apply for the Boston Pops’ and conductor Keith Lockhart’s spring conducting contest. The winner will conduct the Overture to Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the Pops’ June 7 concert at Symphony Hall....

 

Create impact with the League’s 2nd Annual League Giving Day, June 14

Monday, 21 May 2018

On Thursday, June 14, the League of American Orchestras will host its second annual League Giving Day. Our goal is to raise $100,000 in just 24 hours and increase awareness of the important work that the League does on behalf of orchestras. ...

 

Five musicians to receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service at League Conference

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service at the League’s 73rd National Conference in Chicago, June 13-15, 2018. The five award recipients and their orchestras are ...

 

Now posted: Digital Media Digest for May 2018

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

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....

 

Check it out: Symphony magazine’s Summer Festivals Guide

Monday, 07 May 2018

Planning your summer travel, and want to discover where the music is? Want to know where to hear that exciting ensemble that people are talking about? Check out Symphony’s essential guide to Summer Music Festivals in the Spring issue of the magazine! ...

 

Radio documentary: “Leonard Bernstein’s Black America”

Thursday, 03 May 2018

On Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. on New York classical radio station WQXR, Terrance McKnight will host a one-hour documentary, “Leonard Bernstein’s Black America.” The program will cover McKnight’s own memories of the American conductor-composer and Bernstein’s personal campaign for racial justice.... 

 

League of American Orchestras names three for Women Composers Commissions

Thursday, 03 May 2018

Composers Stacy Garrop, Robin Holcomb, and Andrea Reinkemeyer will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, which is administered by American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation....

 

New issue of Symphony online now!

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

The Spring issue of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, examines how tech in the concert hall and crowdsourced symphonies are rewriting the rules for orchestras....

 

Register now: Early-bird Conference discount ends next week

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Save 20% on registration for the League of American Orchestras’ 73rd National Conference, June 13-15, 2018 hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The early-bird discount ends on Friday, May 4—so register today. ...

 

League awards Futures Fund grants to smaller-budget orchestras and youth orchestras

Monday, 23 April 2018

Highlighting the groundswell of innovation at smaller-budget orchestras and youth orchestras across the country, seventeen orchestras have received $30,000 American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants from the League of American Orchestras, made possible with the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. An additional five orchestras have been selected to receive seed grants of $6,000 each.... 

 

League and partners launch new diversity initiative: National Alliance for Audition Support

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Three national organizations—the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras—have partnered to create the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), a field-wide initiative with the long-term goal of increasing diversity in American orchestras.... 

 

Livestream: SHIFT symposium on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the orchestra field

Monday, 09 April 2018

As part of the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras presented by the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts this week, ArtChangeUS is sponsoring a forum at which artists and thought leaders will examine diversity and cultural equity in orchestras and the arts. The forum takes place on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. ... 

 

Must-see TV: Free livestream of League’s 2018 Bruno Walter Nation Conductor Preview

Wednesday, 04 April 2018

Catch the free livestream of the League of American Orchestra’s 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm (CDT). Six conductors will lead the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Kip Winger.... 

 

Remembering Abreu

Thursday, 29 March 2018

El Sistema USA, which supports a nationwide alliance of El Sistema-inspired organizations in the United States, is inviting all who have personal memories of José Antonio Abreu to submit them to an online memorial to the late founder of the influential Venezuelan El Sistema music-education program....

 

Now posted: Digital Media Digest for March 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

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....

 

Scholarships available for Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Friday, 23 March 2018

Need-based tuition awards are available for Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional-development seminar in Los Angeles, hosted by the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music....

 

Registration open for the League’s 2018 National Conference

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Register now for the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, June 13-15, 2018, hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Come to network with colleagues, develop skills, and be inspired by Riccardo Muti, music director, conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the only national conference dedicated to orchestras and their partners ...

 

How performing arts groups are building millennial audiences

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Looking to connect with younger audiences? A new article and video from the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative reveal how the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theater Company experimented with intimately scaled, immersive shows to attract millennials....

 

New national data on arts funding

Monday, 12 March 2018

Grantmakers in the Arts has published Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, offering analysis of foundation support to the arts in 2015, and an overview of local, state, and federal public funding for the arts in 2017....

 

National Symphony to livestream “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” on March 10

Friday, 09 March 2018

The National Symphony Orchestra’s March 10 performance of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary will be livestreamed for free by medici.tv from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Music Director Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the concert, which will be preceded by a panel discussion.... 

 

Support for composers from the New York State Council on the Arts

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

The Individual Artist Program of the New York State Council on the Arts offers funding from $2,500 to $10,000 for composers to create new work in any of a variety of musical genres. The deadline to apply is March 28, 2018....

 

Sign up now for Orchestras Feeding America food drive

Thursday, 01 March 2018

Every March, orchestras from across the country come together for the League of American Orchestras’ national food drive program, Orchestras Feeding America, which helps those in need. Over the past ten years of Orchestras Feeding America, more than 360 orchestras from across the country have collected and donated nearly 500,000 pounds of food to needy Americans....

 

Resource: how nonprofit boards can be proactive on preventing and responding to sexual misconduct

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Nonprofits are not immune to instances of sexual misconduct, writes BoardSource CEO Anne Wallestad in the February 22 edition of Nonprofit Quarterly, and she recommends several questions every board should be asking.... 

 

Apply now for Essentials of Orchestra Management

Monday, 26 February 2018

Applications are now open for the League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, Essentials of Orchestra Management, which will take place in Los Angeles, July 16-26, 2018....

 

Curtis’s live-stream of “Pierrot lunaire” plus discussion, part of school’s interdepartmental project

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, the Curtis Institute of Music’s contemporary-music group, will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s 1912 melodrama Pierrot lunaire at 8 p.m. on February 24 as part of Curtis’s school-wide “Edge Effect” project....

 

Apply now! Applications for League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are due March 5

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The application deadline for the third annual Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is Monday, March 5, 2018—so be sure to apply now....

 

Now posted: Digital Media Digest for January/February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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....

 

Free livestream of Philip Glass Ensemble and others from Carnegie Hall on Feb. 16

Friday, 16 February 2018

The Philip Glass Ensemble’s sold-out Carnegie Hall performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 16 will be webcast live, free of charge, on medici.tv and carnegiehall.org/medici. The ensemble will perform one Glass’s early works, Music with Changing Parts....

 

League announces six conductors for Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Six conductors have been selected to participate in the League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, April 3-4, 2018 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The League's two-day showcase provides orchestra search committees and others the opportunity to encounter new talent as they…

 

Apply now for League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Friday, 09 February 2018

Applications for the third annual Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are now open. In this League of American Orchestras program, five orchestra musicians are selected through a competitive process ... 

 

Cross-disciplinary Twitter chat focuses on arts marketing

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Catch up with the newest thinking, trends, and resources in a Twitter conversation on Thursday, February 8. The League of American Orchestras, Chamber Music America, and Theatre Communications Group will participate in a multi-disciplinary Twitter discussion led by the Association of Arts Administration Executives...

 

San Francisco Conservatory of Music to livestream "Music in the 21st Century" panel discussion

Friday, 02 February 2018

On Monday, February 5, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will present "Playing to Win: Music in the 21st Century," a panel discussion with innovators in the field of music focusing on the challenges and opportunities of the future. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. …

 

Save the date for the League’s National Conference hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, June 13-15, 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Musicians, conductors, board members, administrators, volunteers, and business partners of orchestras of all sizes will gather to network with colleagues, develop skills, and be inspired at the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 National Conference....

 

Check it out! New issue of Symphony magazine, online now

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Don't miss a note! Read the Winter 2018 issue of Symphony on your laptop, your desktop, your phone, your tablet for free. In the new issue of the League of American Orchestras' award-winning magazine, we report on recent revelations of sexual misconduct at orchestras and conservatories, and we provide…

 

Fort Worth Symphony launches conducting workshop with Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

In Texas, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has announced that Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya will lead a three-day Fundamentals of Orchestral Conducting Workshop in partnership with Texas Christian University. Intended for musicians of high school age and above...

 

Orchestra musicians, apply by March 5 for the League’s 2018 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Monday, 22 January 2018

Applications for the third annual Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are now open. In this League of American Orchestras program, five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive process ...

 

Apply by February 5 for National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Young Artist Program

Friday, 19 January 2018

The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada is accepting applications for the twentieth season of its Young Artist Program (YAP). Seventy young classical musicians from around the world will be selected to study with an internationally renowned faculty....

 

Spotlight your summer festival in Symphony magazine!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Give your summer festival the visibility it deserves by listing it in the spring issue of Symphony magazine, to be published online on April 15, 2018....

 

Documentary about Britt Orchestra’s premiere at Crater Lake, Oregon

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Beginning January 11 on PBS, the Britt Festival Orchestra’s 2016 performance of Michael Gordon’s Natural History at Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is being featured on PBS stations in Boston (WGBH), Seattle (KCTS), Cincinnati (CET), and Lexington, Kentucky (KET). The broadcast is also available as a digital stream....

 

Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition to take place Jan. 31, 2018

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

The new Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition program provides musicians of color with the opportunity to play an audition for a panel representing several orchestras....

 

Applications open for Orpheus 2018 Fellowships for musicians from underrepresented communities

Thursday, 04 January 2018

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City is accepting applications through January 15 for Orpheus Fellowships for pre-professional musicians from underrepresented communities. Applicants who do not yet have a professional career are eligible for Fellowships, with a preference for current students…

 

2018 Orchestras Feeding America materials available now!

Wednesday, 03 January 2018

The League of American Orchestras has launched its Orchestras Feeding America annual food drive. Over the past eight years, over 360 orchestras from across the country have collected and donated nearly 500,000 pounds of food....

 

Gather with your peers at the League’s Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Executive directors and youth orchestra administrators, register today for the League of American Orchestras’ Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 27-29, 2018 in New York City at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan....

 

Abilene Philharmonic’s Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition now open

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Abilene Philharmonic is now accepting applications for its biennial Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition, which has several cash prizes to be used towards continued music education....

 

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