Twelve orchestra professionals are participating in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program, the field’s prime source for identifying and cultivating the leadership potential of talented orchestra professionals. The eight-month program began on November 1, 2019 with a three-day meeting in Manhattan and will include one-on-one coaching, in-depth seminars with leadership experts, visits with leaders in cultural and performing arts institutions, virtual convenings, and a capstone project at the League’s 2020 National Conference. The curriculum develops participants’ individual leadership capabilities and advances strategic thinking, resiliency, and innovation throughout the orchestra field. Launched in 2014, the Emerging Leaders Program (and its previous iteration, the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program) has furthered the development of more than 200 alumni—many now orchestra executive directors and senior administrators. Participants in the 2019-20 ELP are: Karina Bharne, Symphony Tacoma; Robin Freeman, San Francisco Symphony; JT Kane, New World Symphony; Giuliano Kornberg, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera; Rachel Lappen, Cleveland Orchestra; Monica Meyer, Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Brian Prechtl, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Roitstein, Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Ignacio Barron Viela, Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale; Sarah Whitling, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Leah Wilson-Velasco, Walla Walla Symphony; Michelle Zwi, Philadelphia Orchestra. The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit to learn more.