The League of American Orchestras and the University of Southern California have established a new strategic partnership to develop future orchestra leaders. The League, in association with USC’s Arts Leadership program (ARTL), will present Essentials of Orchestra Management in Los Angeles for the first time, from July 7-16, 2015. The immersive 10-day seminar will be hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music. San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Deborah Rutter will continue to serve as seminar co-directors, in consultation with Kenneth Foster, director of USC’s Arts Leadership program. This new partnership allows the League to draw upon some of the most innovative leaders currently working on the West Coast. Faculty will include, among others, Deborah Borda, president and chief executive officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Martha S. Gilmer, chief executive officer, San Diego Symphony; Pacific Symphony staff members; and USC faculty.

Participants with fewer than three years of performing-arts organization experience are eligible to apply, along with graduate students, musicians, and people outside the industry.

The deadline to apply to Essentials is April 14, 2015. For more information, visit the League’s website.

Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Essentials is sponsored by the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.

Posted February 4, 2015