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.

Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project invite performers to orchestrate their songs

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project are seeking five bands or solo artists from multiple musical genres to play with live orchestra. In the “Orchestrate”…

 

Streaming live: Russia’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, June 17-29

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The sixteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition is underway from June 17 to 29 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, with 231 contestants comprising pianists, violinists, cellists, vocalists, and, new this year, woodwind and brass players. The competition is being streamed live and on demand at medici.tv....

 

League’s 2019 Conference: highlights, videos, presentations, and more

Monday, 17 June 2019

More than 1,200 orchestra colleagues attended the League of American Orchestras’ 74th National Conference on June 3-5 in Nashville. The Conference was an extraordinary gathering of musicians, composers, board members, administrators, and volunteers, filled with provocative content and great music....

 

#SupportOrchestras with League Giving Day on June 4!

Monday, 03 June 2019

Tuesday, June 4 is the League of American Orchestras’ third annual League Giving Day. The goal: to raise $75,000 in 24 hours to support the League’s efforts on behalf of orchestras....

 

Download the League’s Conference app now

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Get everything you need to know about the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 National Conference, June 3-5 in Nashville, via the Conference app....  

 

League webinar: “Why Culture Matters to Mission”

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Culture—effective culture—is an essential ingredient for the successful, impactful influential organization. On Thursday, June 20, Lisa Brown Alexander, president and CEO of Nonprofit HR, will lead a League of American Orchestras webinar that will show League members how to cultivate the skills necessary to manage people effectively....

 

League announces orchestra recipients of Catalyst Fund grants advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion

Thursday, 23 May 2019

The League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to 23 U.S. orchestras to help deepen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), improve practice, and strengthen organizational culture....

 

Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s new online radio station, featuring contemporary music

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which is dedicated to performing contemporary symphonic repertoire, has launched BMOP Radio, a commercial-free, 24/7 online radio station broadcasting the BMOP/sound label’s catalogue of more than 75 recordings....

 

Unforgettable music at League’s National Conference

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

MUSIC CentriCITY is the theme of the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference this June in Nashville—and a compelling musical experience from composer Hannibal Lokumbe will be a Conference…

 

#SupportOrchestras with the League’s third annual League Giving Day on June 4

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Tuesday, June 4 marks the League of American Orchestras’ third annual League Giving Day. The goal: to raise $75,000 in 24 hours to support the League’s efforts on behalf of orchestras....

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for May 2019

Monday, 13 May 2019

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....

 

Five orchestra musicians to receive League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 09 May 2019

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the League’s National Conference in Nashville, June 3-5, 2019....

 

Webinar: Promoting access, equity, and inclusion for people with disabilities in the arts

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts and the nonprofit Art Beyond Sight will present a free webinar, “Careers in the Arts: Promoting Access, Equity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities,” on Thursday, May 16 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET....

 

League partners with Eastman School to co-produce orchestra management case studies

Tuesday, 07 May 2019

The League of American Orchestras and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY will collaborate on a one-year pilot program to co-produce and launch a new category of the Eastman Case Studies focused on orchestra management.... 

 

League arts journalism fellowship seeks candidates from underrepresented communities

Monday, 06 May 2019

The League of American Orchestras is accepting applications in its Equity Fellowship Program for an Equity Fellow in Arts Journalism. For this paid fellowship, the League seeks candidates from diverse communities ...

 

The League will be moving!

Friday, 03 May 2019

To strengthen its services to members, the League of American Orchestras is moving its office this fall to 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th streets in New York’s Garment District. The move will allow the League to…

 

Watch “Where to Start in Building Audiences” webinar for free on demand

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

More than 100 arts professionals tuned into the League’s live webinar, Where to Start in Building Audiences: Unpacking the Many Resources from The Wallace Foundation. If you missed it, you can watch it free of charge ...

 

Nézet-Séguin to lead masterclass with Juilliard voice students on free livestream

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

On Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm EDT, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, will lead a masterclass for voice students at the Julliard School in New York City. The class will be livestreamed for free ... 

 

Santa Rosa Symphony and Green Music Center launch photography contest

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

On July 28, 2019, California’s Santa Rosa Symphony will give a free “Four Seasons of Sonoma County” concert at the Green Music Center to celebrate the beauty of Sonoma County through the eyes of its residents.... 

 

Applications open for Ann Arbor Symphony’s Young Artist Competition

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for its 2019 Young Artist Competition. The juried competition, which culminates in a solo performance by the top prize winner at an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra youth concert ...

 

May 2 in NYC: Learn the habits of highly effective board members

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Learn the qualities that turn board members into champions for their orchestras at Is Your Board Optimized?, a leadership development seminar from the League of American Orchestras on Thursday, May 2 in New York City. Susan Howlett, the orchestra-savvy author

 

Come to Conference early and get extra smart: Monday, June 3, Nashville

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Planning to attend the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference in Nashville this June? Arrive early and depart even smarter by taking advantage of the rich array of Pre-Conference Seminars on Monday, June 3....

 

Reach the decisionmakers: advertise in the Conference Issue of Symphony—reserve by this Friday, April 12

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

The deadline to advertise in the Conference Issue of Symphony is approaching. Do you have news you want to share with everyone in the orchestra world? ...

 

Check out “Where to Start in Building Audiences,” April 23 webinar exploring resources from Wallace Foundation

Monday, 08 April 2019

Learn how to best use resources from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability program at Where to Start in Building Audiences: Unpacking the Many Resources from The Wallace Foundation, a no-cost, live webinar, hosted by the League of American Orchestras, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30pm ET....

 

Watch Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed”

Friday, 05 April 2019

On March 31, conductor David Morrow led the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Florida A&M Concert Choir, and the Morehouse College Glee Club in Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson (in photo). The work is set...

 

Register today for League human resources webinar on Thursday, April 4

Monday, 01 April 2019

Challenges in the workplace are unavoidable, but the way in which they’re handled is critical to organizational health. Learn how to cultivate the skills to manage people effectively at “The Challenges of Managing People,” a League of American Orchestras webinar that is a benefit of League membership....

 

Dallas Symphony to offer free simulcast plus livestream of concert led by incoming music director Fabio Luisi

Friday, 29 March 2019

On Thursday, April 18, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will offer a free, live-concert simulcast Fabio Luisi’s first appearance with the orchestra since he was announced as its next music director. The simulcast will be shown at Dallas’ Annette Strauss Square...

 

Harth-Bedoya announces 2019 Fundamentals of Orchestral Conducting Workshop

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, will lead a Fundamentals of Orchestral Conducting Workshop in Fort…

 

Apply by April 8 for League’s 2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Monday, 25 March 2019

Applications are due Monday, April 8 for Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ immersive professional-development seminar, which will take place in Los Angeles from July 8 to 18 ...

 

Is Your Board Optimized?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Find out the qualities that turn board members into champions for their orchestras at Is Your Board Optimized?, a leadership development seminar offered by the League of American Orchestras on Thursday, May 2 in New York City....

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for March 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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....

 

New from Wallace: Building loyalty and name recognition among audiences

Thursday, 14 March 2019

How does an arts presenter increase name recognition and attract younger audiences? A new article and video from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative show how the Boston-based World Music/CRASHarts built loyalty and recognition among younger audiences ...

 

Listen: All-day radio marathon of women composers for International Women’s Day

Friday, 08 March 2019

New York classical music station WQXR is hosting a 24-hour marathon of all-women composers in celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8.... 

 

Financial aid available for League’s 2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ immersive professional development seminar, will take place in Los Angeles from July 8 to 18, hosted by the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music....

 

League of American Orchestras and American Composers Orchestra announce three new Women Composers commissions

Friday, 01 March 2019

Composers Courtney Bryan, Cindy Cox, and Fang Man will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the 2018 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation....

 

Last chance to apply for the League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Applications close on March 4 for the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Currently in its fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards program, made possible through…

 

League of American Orchestras to honor composer Joan Tower with Gold Baton award at 2019 National Conference in Nashville

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Composer Joan Tower will receive the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League’s 74th National Conference, June 3-5, 2019 in Nashville....

 

Registration is open for the League’s 74th National Conference!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Register now for the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 National Conference, June 3-5 in Nashville, and receive an early-bird discount of 20% off the regular rate....

 

Volunteers: Gold Book Awards of Excellence announced

Friday, 15 February 2019

Volunteer associations at six orchestras have won a 2019 Gold Book Award of Excellence from the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras—and now you can check them out here....

 

Orpheus@Mannes launches free weeklong chamber-orchestra seminar, focusing on shared musician leadership

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Mannes School of Music in New York City have announced Orpheus@Mannes, a weeklong chamber orchestra intensive inspired by Orpheus’s collaborative leadership model....

 

Apply by March 4 for League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Friday, 08 February 2019

Now through March 4, the League of American Orchestras is accepting nominations for the 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Currently in its fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards program ...

 

Apply now to the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Thursday, 07 February 2019

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, will be at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School from July 8 to 18. Presented in association…

 

Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop now accepting applications

Monday, 04 February 2019

Now through March 8, the Nashville Symphony is accepting applications for its Composer Lab & Workshop, which offers young composers the opportunity to hear their music performed by the Nashville Symphony, receive mentoring and feedback ...

 

Advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at your orchestra with the League’s Catalyst Fund

Friday, 01 February 2019

Interested in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at your orchestra? Apply for a grant from the League of American Orchestras’ new Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is a three-year pilot program that awards annual grants to member orchestras...

 

Watch Sphinx musicians at World Economic Forum in Davos

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Four musicians from the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which aims to increase diversity in classical music and the arts, performed at the World Economic Forum last week in Davos, Switzerland. The forum convenes…

 

The Hub turns ten!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

In January of 2009, the League of American Orchestras launched The Hub, a daily online overview of breaking news and insights about orchestras, classical music, and the changing cultural scene. Every week day, the editors of Symphony magazine create new content for The Hub, posting some 2,000 individual news items per year—and racking up a cumulative 20,000 articles over The Hub’s ten years....

 

Urgent concerns about new federal tax policies—and their impact on orchestras

Monday, 28 January 2019

A new tax on nonprofits that was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), implemented one year ago, is diverting substantial resources away from activity at nonprofit organizations, according to a new report, “How the TCJA’s New UBIT Provisions Will Affect Nonprofits.” ...

 

Hot off the presses: Winter 2019 Issue of Symphony Magazine

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Every issue of Symphony, the League’s quarterly magazine, reports on the critical issues, trends, personalities, and developments of the orchestra world. What’s in the latest edition of Symphony, available now in print and online? ...

 

Orchestras offer free tickets for furloughed government employees

Friday, 18 January 2019

In response to the ongoing government shutdown, multiple orchestras are offering free tickets to furloughed federal employees. The orchestras are taking a variety of approaches: some are offering free tickets for a performance on a specific date, others are making free tickets available for concerts during a limited period, and others are making free tickets available through the…

 

Sign up now for 2019 Orchestras Feeding America food drive

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in Orchestras Feeding America, an unprecedented coordinated effort to collect and donate food...

 

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