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.