Nine emerging orchestra leaders receive kick-start

press release:

New York, NY (September 13, 2016) – Nine orchestra administrators will participate in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. Viewed by the field as one of the best sources of identifying talented administrators with great leadership potential, the program is the flagship of the League’s leadership development offerings.



The 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program participants are:
Nora Brady, Associate Director, Sales and Marketing, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Benjamin Cadwallader, Executive Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Susan Lape, Executive Director, Lake Forest Symphony
Elisabeth Madeja, Director of Marketing, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
David Renfro, Orchestra Personnel and Operations Manager, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Kathryn Rudolph, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Jacksonville Symphony


Amanda Stringer, CEO, Tallahassee Symphony OrchestraJodi Weisfield, Vice President of Development, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Randy Wong, Executive Director, Hawaii Youth Symphony

Note that four are already CEOs.

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  • I’m wondering whether these LAO acolytes are trained to understand that without the musicians there’s no job. Further, without considering themselves as non-profit caretakers rather than boss-like CEOs, there’s no need for them.

    • It’s probably too much to hope for, but what an instructive, perfect introduction it would be for them to have your statement put in front of them before any other activity is undertaken.

    • I see the league as having become another “identity group” AKA an arm of the DNC identity politics of the left. They don’t represent classical music or musicians, they represent their own lives as non-profit pencil necks who adore musicians, so long as they toe the party ideological line.

  • is this a new name for what used to be the League’s “Management Fellowship” program? The Fellowship Program managed to place a number of people in jobs which were way over their heads. But, the League protects them because they’ve invested time and money. Even when one crashes and burns, they get immediately hired somewhere else. It’s like a guaranteed job for life.

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