Essentials Review in Brief

Just a brief post on the experience I had at the League’s Essentials program. First of all, it was exhausting, but I didn’t expect anything less- It is definitely a boot camp. It was such a great learning experience and the amount of people we were able to connect with was amazing. They brought in many speakers about a variety of topics to cover such as finances, programming, board leadership and governance, artist management, etc..
 
We had a timed mock musician negotiation exercise to explore different approaches to orchestra-management relations, as well as another “Operating Committee” exercise in which we were given real roles of an orchestra staff, with the goal to tackle issues like a Music Director search and budget deficit. There was a presentation to the “board” at the end of the two weeks. I found myself to be very lucky with the team I worked with in both circumstances. We all worked well together and eventually came to some very successful conclusions for both exercises. 
 
I was also able to attend both a Philadelphia and Boston Symphony concert in Carnegie Hall. A first for me to attend a concert in that venue, as well as see both of the orchestras. Oh! The essentials group even got a tour of Carnegie Hall by their head archivist! (one picture below from on stage).
 
So, overall it was a wonderful experience! I’m now looking forward to more events with the League and staying in touch with friends made in the program. 
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Arts administrator with experience in concert production, event planning, website development, and grant writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a trombone performance minor from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continues to study trombone with Bryan Bourne, former principal trombonist of “The President’s Own Marine Band,” and perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Leonardtown, MD. He is an Honorary Member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and is passionate about reading, international travel, and a great cup of coffee.

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Andrew Llewellyn

Andrew Llewellyn

Arts administrator with experience in concert production, event planning, website development, and grant writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a trombone performance minor from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continues to study trombone with Bryan Bourne, former principal trombonist of “The President’s Own Marine Band,” and perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Leonardtown, MD. He is an Honorary Member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and is passionate about reading, international travel, and a great cup of coffee.

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