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.

Important (and timely) League seminar next month

Friday, 14 December 2018

Get the tools you need to create a workplace free of sexual misconduct in Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras: Building Cultures of Respect, a seminar from the League of American Orchestras....

 

Juilliard offers free live-streams of master classes

Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Juilliard School is presenting a series of free, live-streamed master classes this season. Cellist Steven Isserlis led a class on December 7, and coming up are master classes with violinist Ronald Copes and cellist Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet (Tuesday, December 18) ... 

 

Apply now for Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Thursday, 06 December 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition, an annual program that has helped build the musical careers of young talent for more than 30 years.... 

 

New study from Wallace shows opera company built audiences through market research

Monday, 03 December 2018

How can performing arts groups use market research to develop programs that appeal to new audiences? A just-released study from the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative shows how the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis used market research to understand and reach new audiences—with lessons that orchestras can apply....

 

Reed alert: Oberlin to livestream recital during daylong F. Lorée Oboe Day

Friday, 30 November 2018

On December 2 at 1:30 p.m., Oberlin Conservatory will livestream a recital spotlighting music for oboe and English horn, as part of its F. Lorée Oboe Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. devoted to the instruments and hosted by Oberlin Oboe Professor Robert Walters....

 

Music students: Apply now for Nashville Symphony’s Curb Concerto Competition

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the Nashville Symphony’s annual Curb Concerto Competition, to place at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on February 23-24, 2019. The competition is open to classically trained, instrumental music students ages 14 to 18...

 

Pittsburgh Symphony to livestream free concert honoring Tree of Life Synagogue victims on Nov. 27

Monday, 26 November 2018

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s November 27 “Music for the Spirit: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free performance honoring the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders, will be broadcast live online at 7:30 p.m. on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Facebook page and on Pittsburgh radio station WQED-FM 89.3....

 

Looking to connect your orchestra with new audiences? A new video shows how

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Downtown Seattle is a boomtown right now, and the Seattle Symphony saw fresh opportunities to connect with the newcomers who were settling into the neighborhoods surrounding Benaroya Hall, the orchestra’s home. But how to connect with these untapped audiences? ...

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for November 2018

Tuesday, 20 November 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.... 

 

Shop for a cause and support the League!

Monday, 19 November 2018

Amid all of the shopping, festivities, and family get-togethers, the holiday season is also an important time for charitable organizations: close to a quarter of annual donations are made in the last two months of the year....

 

New from Wallace: taking down practical hurdles to the arts

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

How to tackle the everyday, real-life concerns of potential audience members about attending a performance? A new post from the Wallace Foundation, Taking Down Practical Hurdles, explores some of the concrete worries—from scheduling and cost to where to park and what to wear—of people who are interested in the arts, and offers tactics to allay those concerns and engage newcomers....

 

Register now for the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The League of American Orchestras invites executive directors and youth orchestra administrators to attend the annual Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 27-28 at the Marriott East Side Hotel in New York City. This is…

 

Suggestions for programming an orchestral Veterans Day concert

Monday, 12 November 2018

Composer and conductor Brian Dix, a former director of the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, in Washington, D.C., has posted advice at the Association of California Orchestras website for how symphony orchestras can best craft Veterans Day programs....

 

After the Midterms… “Playing Your Part: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy”

Friday, 09 November 2018

Everyone involved in an orchestra, whether as an administrator, musician, volunteer, or concertgoer, cares deeply about the future of orchestras and the communities they serve—which means we cannot afford to rest when there is advocacy to be done....

 

Available now: “Reflecting Our Communities Through Music” video

Thursday, 08 November 2018

A video of the “Reflecting Our Communities Through Music” panel at the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 Conference highlights the creative initiatives that orchestras are using to reach wide swaths of community members....

 

Grant opportunity for League-member orchestras in Groups 1-4

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Now through December 11, the League of American Orchestras is accepting letters of intent for support from its $4.5 million grants program, the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund. The Futures Fund program, made possible through the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation...

 

Memorial concert announced for classical-music artist manager Charles Hamlen

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

A memorial concert for Charles Hamlen, an influential figure in the classical music field who co-founded a leading classical talent management agency, will be held at the New York Ethical Culture Society on Wednesday, November 7....

 

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra calls for scores for Young Composers Competition

Friday, 02 November 2018

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is accepting new orchestra scores for its 2018-19 Young Composers Competition....

 

American Composers Orchestra profiled on WNET’s NYC-ARTS telecast

Thursday, 01 November 2018

The New York City-based American Composers Orchestra, which is dedicated to the creation and performance of orchestral music by American composers, is currently being featured on WNET television’s NYC-ARTS series....

 

Check it out: new issue of Symphony magazine

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Inspiring speeches by musicians and arts advocates Vijay Gupta and Jennifer Koh. First-person perspectives from young Black and Latinx classical musicians. A close-up portrait of legendary film composer John Williams, whose works are performed...

 

Ravinia announces second annual “Bridges” classical/jazz competition for young composers

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The Steans Music Institute at Ravinia, the annual music festival in Highland Park north of Chicago, is seeking new scores that fuse jazz and classical music by composers ages 18 to 30 for its “Bridges” competition....

 

Student musicians invited to enter Hartford Symphony’s Young Artists Competition

Monday, 29 October 2018

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for its Young Artists Competition. The competition takes place in three rounds. The preliminary round consists of an online registration and…

 

National Sawdust seeks scores from female, nonbinary, and trans composers for Hildegard Competition

Thursday, 25 October 2018

National Sawdust, the Brooklyn-based center for new music, has announced the second annual Hildegard Competition, named for medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen. Launched last season to give female, nonbinary, and trans composers opportunities for their work to be recognized ... 

 

Yo-Yo Ma, Vijay Gupta, Jennifer Koh, and more: must-watch videos from League’s 2018 National Conference

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Yo-Yo Ma’s stirring remarks from the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 National Conference are now posted—and must-see Conference highlights video and more are available now....

 

New from Wallace: building audiences by countering misperceptions

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

What does it take for people to make the arts part of their everyday life? A new post from the Wallace Foundation, The Road to Participation: Countering Misperceptions, outlines the decision-making process of potential audience members—and suggests ways that arts groups can engage people who may be less inclined to attend....

 

Now is the time to share your content proposals for the League’s 2019 National Conference

Monday, 22 October 2018

Midnight on Wednesday, October 24 is the deadline to submit your content proposals for sessions at the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, June 3-5, 2019. The League invites members to contribute ideas and provide input on what’s…

 

Into the woods: Boston Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the BBC on live broadcast

Friday, 19 October 2018

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with Mass Audubon, the BBC, and 99.5 WCRB, a service of WGBH, on programming a concert and live broadcast from an 18th-century barn in Lenox, Massachusetts. The broadcast begins at noon ET on October 19...

 

National Alliance for Audition Support events for Black and Latinx musicians

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), a national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras, has announced three upcoming opportunities for Black and Latinx musicians: two NAAS Audition Intensives in December, and the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions in January....

 

El Sistema USA 2019 National Symposium, January 30-31

Monday, 15 October 2018

El Sistema USA, which works to support programs inspired by El Sistema to effect social change through music for underserved children, has announced the dates and programming for its 2019 National Symposium....

 

League of American Orchestras names participants for 2018-19 Emerging Leaders Program

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Twelve orchestra professionals will participate in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program, the field’s prime source for identifying and cultivating the leadership potential of talented orchestra professionals....

 

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

The League of American Orchestras encourages its members to follow best practices in preventing sexual misconduct and in responding to claims. Toward this end, the League has posted resources for…

 

Call for scores: Apply to Luna Composition Lab for young women

Friday, 05 October 2018

Luna Composition Lab, a New York City-based program intended to inspire girls and young women to compose music, is accepting score submissions for the 2018-19 school year from composers who identify as female or gender non-conforming, from eighth grade to college freshmen....

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for October 2018

Thursday, 04 October 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. For each monthly digest...

 

Applications open for Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for the Fourth International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. The two-year apprenticeship ...

 

Applications open for Detroit Symphony’s Lebenbom award for female composers

Friday, 28 September 2018

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for the tenth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. The award is granted annually to a living woman composer....

 

Apply through October 26 for Bainbridge Symphony’s Young Artist Concerto Competition

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in Bainbridge Island, Washington, will hold its annual Young Artists Concerto Competition on December 8, 2018. The competition is open to all instruments and voice for young musicians ages 12 to 21 ...

 

Paul R. Judy Center now accepting grant proposals focusing on innovative ensembles

Monday, 24 September 2018

Proposals are being accepted through October 1, 2018 by the Paul R. Judy Center for grants for research and projects related to innovative ensembles. The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research is a division of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music....

 

Make an Impact: Share Your Content Proposals for League’s 2019 National Conference

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The League of American Orchestras invites its members to contribute ideas and provide input on what’s most interesting, pressing, and important to you for the 2019 National Conference, June 3-5, 2019....

 

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy now accepting applications for performance grants

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is currently accepting 2018 WPA Performance Grant applications from U.S.-based orchestras and ensembles. This funding, available to professional, community, and student orchestras, can be used to support performances

 

New documentary celebrates Blossom Music Center’s 50th anniversary

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and a venue for country, hip-hop, pop, and rock musicians, a new documentary from Ideastream traces the history of the outdoor music site and showcases concert highlights....

 

Musicians Foundation offers support via new online application

Thursday, 06 September 2018

The Musicians Foundation, formed in 1914 to help professional musicians and their families cover bills and essential expenses in times of need, has added an online application for those seeking support....

 

Seeking to bolster your orchestra’s community connections? A new report from the Wallace Foundation shows how

Friday, 24 August 2018

Research and Self-Reflection Help Strengthen Community Ties, a new article from the Wallace Foundation, documents the ways that Philadelphia’s Fleisher Art Memorial is attracting increasingly diverse audiences—with lessons applicable to orchestras. The Fleishe…

 

Happy Labor Day!

Friday, 24 August 2018

The Hub will take a brief hiatus from August 27 to September 3. We will be back in full swing on Tuesday, September 4. …

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for August 2018

Monday, 20 August 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....

 

How Cleveland put the arts center stage

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

A new report, Elevating the Influence of Arts and Culture: A Cleveland Playbook, documents how the arts and culture sector of Cuyahoga County went from fiscal emergency to securing one of the highest levels of public funding for arts and culture in the country....

 

Houston Symphony’s Community-Embedded Musicians program seeks qualified candidates

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

The Houston Symphony is seeking two musicians for its full-time, salaried Community-Embedded Musicians program to work in Houston schools, neighborhoods, and healthcare settings as teaching artists and performers, while performing select concerts with the Houston Symphony....

 

Philadelphia Orchestra invites string players to second annual “PlayIN” in Saratoga Springs

Wednesday, 01 August 2018

The Philadelphia Orchestra is inviting intermediate and advanced string players to participate in its second annual “PlayIN” at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, on August 10 at 12:45 p.m. Cellists, violinists, violists and bass players...

 

League’s Emerging Leaders Program: Apply now to bolster your leadership skills

Monday, 30 July 2018

Seeking to develop leadership skills and abilities as an orchestra professional? Check out the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program for yourself or someone you know....

 

Livestream: Mizzou International Composers Festival concerts, July 26-28

Thursday, 26 July 2018

In Columbia, Missouri, the Mizzou International Composers Festival will air its July 26, 27, and 28 concerts locally on Classical 90.5 FM radio and by digital livestream at muclassical.org. Concerts at the Missouri Theatre will feature the festival’s resident ensemble, Alarm Will Sound ... 

 

Free lecture at Kimmel Center by Philadelphia Orchestra’s Joseph Conyers

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Joseph Conyers, assistant principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will give a free lecture, “The Future of Music and Music Education,” at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. Conyers is also music director...

 

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