US orchestras scrap their annual get-together

US orchestras scrap their annual get-together


norman lebrecht

April 06, 2020

Message from outgoing president Jesse Rosen, who won’t be able to take leave of the organisation he has headed for 12 years:

Thank you for your support and involvement in our 2020 Conference planning. As you might expect, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person Conference scheduled for June 10-12, 2020. Instead, we will be holding Global Stages, Local Stories, an extended online conference in May and June.

Over the course of two months, the League will provide an array of online resources, webinars, and virtual gatherings designed to deliver the information orchestras need to navigate the global pandemic and its aftermath; to continue advancing the imperatives of equity, relevance, innovation, and creativity; and to unite and inspire the orchestra community. The already-planned Conference sessions will be evaluated for this new format, and we will be in touch with speakers individually about our plans.

Global Stages, Local Stories will be offered without charge as a benefit of membership to all League members. In addition, multiple exposure points and sponsorable opportunities will be available to League business partners throughout the extended online event.

I hope you’ll join me in thanking the host orchestras of the original Conference, the Minnesota Orchestra and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. They put a great deal of effort into the planning of the Conference; and we thank them for their insight and dedication.


Jesse Rosen
President and CEO


  • David J Hyslop says:

    Sad, but wise decision and congratulations to Jesse for his

    fine career as CEO of the League of American Orchestras.

  • Pamela Brown says:

    Since all the venues in the Twin Cities have been dark for some time now, I have to wonder what will happen as we go forward…

  • Olassus says:

    Rosen’s been there far too long. These organizations should all be headed on a one-year rotational basis.

    The League of American Orchestras, like its counterparts in opera, choral music and chamber music, long ago became a place where current wisdom feeds on itself, the administrations getting thicker with each cycle and the music ever more dumbed down.