I started thinking about applying for this Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar with the League of American Orchestras last year, after I had found out that they offer such a cool and educational program. I’ll give you the overview of what the program is according to their website:
Managing an orchestra today takes strength, dedication, perseverance and a passion for music. Essentials of Orchestra Management is a ten-day journey that will prepare you for the challenges orchestras are facing today and tomorrow. Arming yourself with the vital skills you need to be a great leader is the foundation for a great organization. While orchestra management will be the toughest job you’ll ever love, Essentials is what you need to excel.
Seminar Dates: February 4-13, 2014 in New York City
I am happy to say that I was accepted to the Seminar in February this year! The application process was very thorough. We were asked to provide our resume, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and two essays which answer two of four questions that were offered. And then after that they started taking our money….
In prep for the seminar we were given quite a few folders worth of reading materials via Dropbox to read before the program starts. I feel like I am in college again having spent a few days of the winter break, and snow days off, reading these articles. It is all very enlightening though. I’ve read about the detailed and complicated process of selecting a new music director, current and past articles on the Detroit and Minnesota lockout issues, leadership techniques, and a review of nonprofit financials. This is just the beginning of what is to come for the seminar. We will be focusing on four main content areas: Artistic vitality, Business and Operational models, Community Engagement, and Leadership. The seminar will offer both insider and outsider perspectives on the profession from leading experts in orchestras.
I am nervous to begin the class, but very excited for the opportunity. I feel like I am preparing for a solo recital.