Essentials of Orchestra Management Los Angeles, July 16-26, 2018

“The faculty is top notch and the curriculum intense and
immersive. Essentials helped place the work I’m doing at
home in the context of the larger orchestral field.”
-Paul Finkelstein, Artistic Planning Coordinator,
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2016 Essentials Participant

Essentials of Orchestra Management
Los Angeles, July 16-26, 2018

Scholarships Available
Application Deadline, April 9, 2018
Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, will again be in Los Angeles and hosted by the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music. The Essentials seminar is an intensive, ten-day interactive experience in which aspiring orchestra administrators learn all aspects of orchestra management under the guidance of prominent leaders inside and outside the orchestra field. They include the director of the Essentials seminar, Simon Woods, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the associate director, Scott Faulkner, bassist Reno Philharmonic, and former executive director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
Who Should Apply?
Early career professionals, career changers, graduate students, and musicians are encouraged to apply. Experienced administrators who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge-base in all aspects of an orchestral organization are also welcome.
Since its inception in 2000, over 400 emerging leaders have participated in Essentials, including many who now hold key leadership positions in orchestras across the U.S.
Core Faculty
  • Simon Woods, chief executive officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and director of the Essentials seminar
  • Scott Faulkner, bassist, Reno Philharmonic; former executive director, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and associate director of the Essentials seminar
  • Jennifer Barlament, executive director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Alexander Laing, principal clarinetist, Phoenix Symphony
A distinguished roster of guest faculty will supplement the seminar experience, including: Kenneth Foster, director of the Arts Leadership Program at USC; leadership from the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and prominent musicians and artists from the Greater L.A. area.
Benefits of Essentials
Through the immersive Essentials experience, and in addition to cultivating a network of peers and mentors, participants who complete the seminar will:
  • Optimize the critical thinking skills necessary to identify, diagnose, and resolve strategic challenges in the orchestral field, both today’s and tomorrow’s.
  • Learn how to advance orchestras as diverse and inclusive organizations ready to fulfill their unique role in the cultural context of their communities.
  • Develop leadership abilities to work productively with competing imperatives and within a wide range of constituent groups including patrons, musicians, staff, boards, and partner organizations.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of core business and operating practices in American orchestras.
  • Deepen their knowledge of orchestral performances and learn to speak about orchestral music with understanding and insight.
  • Identify key resources for continued professional development.
  • Receive a one-year membership to the League of American Orchestras.
Scholarship Opportunity
A limited number of need-based tuition awards are available. Half of the 2017 participants received financial aid.
If you have any questions, please contact John-Morgan Bush, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs, at
Scott Faulkner, leading a group activity
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Haraman

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