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.

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...

 

Check out League’s Essentials of Orchestra management seminar on social media

Friday, 20 July 2018

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ immersive seminar for orchestra professionals, is currently taking place in Los Angeles, July 16-26. Find out about the seminar, faculty, and the 34 participants here. …

 

Read the Summer issue of Symphony—for free!

Monday, 16 July 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. Check out the new issue of Symphony here. What’s in the Summer issue?...

 

Applications now open for the League’s Emerging Leaders Program

Friday, 13 July 2018

Looking to build your leadership skills and abilities as an orchestra professional? Check out the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). This ten-month professional-development seminar, which cultivates…

 

Now posted: Digital Media Digest for July 2018

Wednesday, 11 July 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....

 

Music by Black Composers directory available for free online

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine Foundation has launched the Living Composers Directory, an online directory of living black composers as part of the foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project, which aims to bring greater diversity ...

 

Live broadcast from new Great Lakes performing arts center with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and others

Friday, 06 July 2018

On Saturday, July 7, Interlochen Public Radio will broadcast live the gala opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan. The $25 million building includes a 500-seat theater as well as indoor and outdoor community…

 

Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

The Hub will take a break on July 4, and return on July 5.

 

NEA to show live webcast of National Council meeting in West Virginia

Thursday, 28 June 2018

The National Council on the Arts, the advisory body for the National Endowment for the Arts, will meet in Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia on June 28 and 29, 2018. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) is…

 

Apply now for League’s Emerging Leaders Program

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

High-potential orchestra professionals are encouraged to apply for the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a ten-month seminar beginning in September 2018. Designed to cultivate effective and adaptive leaders in all parts of an orchestral…

 

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. ... 

 

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