Musical America, the publisher of Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts and the news website, has released the 2019 edition of its Top 30 Professionals of the Year report, profiling “movers and shakers of the performing arts.” Among the 30 are several associated with the League of American Orchestras. Two are members of the League’s board of directors: Charles Dickerson, executive director and conductor, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and South Side Chicago Youth Orchestra; and David Whitehill, executive director, Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Two are alumni of the League’s Emerging Leaders Program: Ahmad Mayes, director, education and community engagement, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and Gary A. Padmore, director of education and community engagement, New York Philharmonic. Synneve Carlino, chief communications officer at Carnegie Hall, is an alumna of the League’s Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. The report includes artist managers, publicists, teachers, operations chiefs, producers, musicians, and record producers. Read the full report at

Posted December 4, 2019