Symphony, the signature publication of the League of American Orchestras, covers the critical issues, developments, trends, and people of the orchestra world. Published online year-round, with a special Symphony magazine print edition for the League’s National Conference, Symphony features breaking news, cutting-edge research, provocative essays, interviews, and in-depth articles that take readers behind the scenes to examine how orchestras are innovating to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Symphony has reported on the orchestra field—from audience trends to personnel changes to digital innovations—since its founding by the League of American Orchestras in 1942, while also giving the latest thinking and newest ideas their first exposure. Symphony’s awards include multiple ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding coverage of orchestras. Most recently, Symphony received awards for music journalism in 2020 and 2021.
Every weekday, Symphony posts News Briefs that excerpt articles, noteworthy reviews, opinion pieces, obituaries, and other coverage of orchestras in the media. Views and opinions in those excerpts are those of the journalists and media outlets cited, and are not to be taken as the views of the League. The League takes no responsibility for the opinions, views, or reporting of journalists whose articles are digested as News Briefs.
Symphony accepts articles from freelance writers. Send queries with a link to writing samples or a summary of published work that relates to Symphony subject matter. Symphony requires first publication rights. We welcome written queries presenting ideas that we can shape with the writer to match our readers’ interests. We welcome article proposals from writers whose backgrounds and perspectives are underrepresented in classical music. Payments to writers are made upon manuscript acceptance.
Article ideas must directly address the concerns and interests of the orchestra field. Consider whether there is a specific orchestral connection in your story before pitching an idea. Topics of interest include classical music trends; repertoire; equity, diversity, and inclusion; new American orchestral music; business models; technology; emerging artists; music education; pops programming; public advocacy; nonprofit and board governance; and classical-music festivals.
We reprint excerpts from upcoming or recent books and articles that focus on the orchestra field. Contact us with proposals.
We welcome reprint requests. Reprints of Symphony articles must include a line crediting Symphony that appears with all subsequent publications.
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