Behind the scenes at League’s Essentials program

Posted on: July 30, 2015

In Tuesday’s (7/29) Reno Gazette Journal (Nevada), Scott Faulkner, principal bassist of the Reno Philharmonic and former executive director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, writes, “From July 7 through July 16 I had the great privilege to teach on the faculty of the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar at USC. Presented by the League of American Orchestras in association with the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program, ‘Essentials’ …  is an intensive 10-day boot camp in which the top leaders of the orchestra field teach aspiring and early-career orchestra administrators all aspects of how orchestras work…. The 31 students attending this year’s seminar still received a healthy dose of ‘how to read a balance sheet’ and ‘what is it like to serve on an operating committee,’ the curriculum has evolved to reflect and address the challenges and opportunities facing orchestras today…. The Essentials class of 2015 comprised a remarkable group of people. From a 24-year-old entrepreneur who founded her own orchestra, to a Los Angeles Philharmonic substitute percussionist transitioning from performing to managing, to a Mississippi executive director who constitutes the entire administrative staff of her orchestra, the students were uniformly interesting, interested, and energetic. Their vigor and engagement made the demanding 10 days pure joy for all of us involved.”

Posted July 30, 2015

Pictured: At the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar in July, faculty members included (from left) Essentials co-director Deborah F. Rutter (president, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Scott Faulkner (principal bassist, Reno Philharmonic, and former executive director, Reno Chamber Orchestra), Deborah Borda (president and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic), and Essentials co-director Brent Assink (executive director, San Francisco Symphony). Photo credit: Jennifer Kessler/League of American Orchestras