The League of American Orchestras has announced that David Filner and Ian Harwood are the first two members of its redesigned Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, a twelve-month program that focuses on fast-tracking administrators who have direct managerial experience and the demonstrated potential to lead a professional orchestra within five to ten years. Filner is vice president and general manager of the San Antonio Symphony; Harwood is founder and executive director of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Filner’s and Harwood’s fellowships will run from June 2011 to June 2012 and include residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and Memphis Symphony. The 31-year-old program’s alumni lead orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Saint Louis Symphony. The redesigned program includes more mentoring by orchestra executive directors, a professional development stipend, and visits to orchestral and non-orchestral organizations known for their innovative entrepreneurial environments. For more background about Filner and Harwood, visit

Posted March 29, 2011