This year, International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) ceremony has been an acclaimed event on April 6, 2018 in Kattowice (Poland). Classical music scene is vibrant and alive, not only in Poland. Good video.
What’s happening in the international classical music world? There are a couple of upcoming events which should be observed carefully.
The most important international event of the classical music business in the next few months will be the Classical:Next conference in Rotterdam from May 16-19, 2018.
Another interesting national conference (for those who do speak German) will be the German Orchestra Conference (Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz) on April 24, 2018, in the birth city of George Frederic Haendel Halle (Saale). Some 200 musicians, orchestra managers, arts administrators etc. will show up. Attendance is free of charge. Main topic: music education on public radio and by radio ensembles, future strategies, quality management in orchestra business. Some 100 music educators from orchestras and concert halls from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg will join this conference, too. A keynote will be held by famous Berlin Philharmonic horn player and charming TV moderator Sarah Willis.
Arts education professionals, academics, teachers, artists, workshop facilitators or students shouldn’t miss RESEO’s 2018 Spring Conference in Bern (Switzerland) from April 19-21, 2018.
Finally, registration is open for the League of American Orchestras 73rd National Conference in Chicago, June 13-15, 2018, hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: „Creating the Greatest Impact“.
Know-how from print to video and from business to art
Rotterdam/Berlin As the early bird registration deadline approaches (19 January), the global art music meeting Classical:NEXT has announced the first speakers and conference topics for its 2018 edition in May. Delegates will be presented a wide array of insights, tackling the role of print programmes, of engagement through video and of reconciling business and artistic demands better.
An international expert panel of seven has selected the most forward-thinking approaches from hundreds of proposals, offering solutions to the crucial issues of classical and art music today. Successful network formats and interactive workshops are to be continued. Although less than a third of the conference programme is announced, a trend is already recognizable: The 2018 programme of Classical:NEXT will go deeper into the specifics of topics – building skills and offering insights the expected 1,200+ delegates can take home and use in their everyday work.
For 2018 speaker Dr. Stefan Rosu, artistic director & ceo of the South Netherlands Philharmonic this couldn’t be more important today: “Concentrating on core-competencies and exploring new ways to collaborate are in my opinion the key factors to the long-term survival of the professional classical ensemble. Classical:NEXT is currently THE platform to discuss those issues.”
The call for proposals for Classical:NEXT 2018 is still open. Once again, classical and art music musicians, ensembles, speakers, project leaders and more, are asked to submit their future thinking ideas to shape the programme for next year.
Proposals can be submitted for the following formats: Live Showcases; Club Showcases; Project Pitches and Conference Sessions.
Curated ‘by the community for the community’, outstanding ”NEXT“ proposals are carefully selected by an independent Classical:NEXT Jury. To submit your proposal use our online proposal system. Please note submissions must be made by Friday, 29 September 2017.
Study Finds Growth in Number of EdCE Program Participants, Diversity of Participants, School and Community Partnerships, and More. Almost Two Thirds of Participants Took Part in EdCE Programming Free of Charge, and 85% of all EdCE Sessions Took Place Outside of the Concert Hall.
New York, NY (August 15, 2017) – For the first time, the League of American Orchestras has issued a detailed report on the scope and scale of orchestras’ education and community engagement (EdCE) work.
Of and For the Community examines the purpose and scope of these activities, reporting on topics including EdCE programming, participant diversity, community partnerships, investments in professional development, and income and expenditure for EdCE concerts and events. While the League last surveyed member orchestras on EdCE programming in 2008, the report is the first to investigate current field interests such as diversification of orchestra EdCE programming and artistic costs associated with this work.
Orchestras reported growth over the period 2009-14 on each of the following measures:
Almost two thirds of participants took part in EdCE programming free of charge, and 85% of all EdCE sessions took place outside of the concert hall.
“More than ever before, education and community engagement programming is central to orchestras’ organizational visions, as they actively seek out new opportunities for creative expression and connection,” said League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “The League has been a catalyst for addressing this profound shift in our field’s focus, and we’re seeing increases in the scope of this work and a greater acknowledgement of its importance.”
Making use of the League’s field-wide data and drawing on a dedicated survey of League of American Orchestras’ member orchestras, the study looks at both the current landscape and longitudinal trends from the five-year period between 2009 and 2014. The 98 survey respondents included adult orchestras with and without affiliated youth orchestras, as well as independent youth orchestras. U.S. orchestras of all sizes from across the country took part.
Key findings from Of and For the Community:
82% of orchestras surveyed stated that the number of EdCE participants in their programs had increased over the five-year period 2009-2014.
70% of all EdCE participants were believed to be 18 years old or younger.
61% of orchestras reported that their EdCE participant base was more diverse in 2014 than it had been in 2009.
38% of EdCE participants were believed to be African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 62% were believed to be white.
69% of survey respondents confidently reported a greater range of program types in 2014 than in 2009.
Almost half of the survey cohort reported that the number of EdCE concerts they performed had increased during the five-year period 2009-2014.
Two thirds of all responding orchestras reported that the extent of their partnership work had increased during the five-year period 2009-14.
79% of orchestras surveyed reported working with schools.
63% reported working with community (non-school) partner organizations.
34% had worked with (non-school) community partners focused on youth engagement.
26% had worked with health and wellness organizations.
24% had worked with senior services providers.
17% had worked with organizations focused on racial diversity and inclusion.
13% had partnered with organizations working to address poverty in their communities.
Orchestras also reported having worked with organizations dedicated to homelessness (10%), mental health (8.2%), domestic violence and abuse (4.1%), criminal justice (3.1%), bullying (3.1%), young people in the foster care system (3.1%), and school drop outs (3.1%).
Almost half (47%) of the 85 orchestras in our cohort of adult orchestras (and their affiliated youth orchestras) stated definitively that the budget available for EdCE programming increased in the period 2009-14, relative to their overall budget.
Almost two thirds of participants took part in EdCE programming free of charge.
85% of all EdCE sessions (incorporating both concerts and other musical activities and events) took place outside of the concert hall.
83% of orchestras surveyed offer the opportunity to meet musicians and/or explore orchestral instruments.
Over 80% offer performances by smaller professional groups of orchestral musicians, which enables this work to take place in a wider range of community venues.
73% offer in-person lectures or talks.
73% of community-based EdCE sessions took place in schools.
68% of orchestras surveyed present family or school concerts, making the unique cultural experience of the full symphony orchestra welcoming and accessible to a large community audience.
61%* offer the opportunity for amateur musicians to rehearse and perform alongside orchestra musicians (*percentage does not include independent youth orchestras).
51%* offer individual instrumental instruction (*percentage does not include independent youth orchestras).
34%* run a community orchestra for adults, and 30%* run an adult community choir (*percentages do not include independent youth orchestras).
27% of community-based EdCE sessions took place in non-school venues including:
Download Of and For the Community: The Education and Community Engagement Work of Orchestras here.
This report was made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The 41st Nordic Orchestra Conference will be held in Oulu, Finland on September 20-22, 2017. All orchestra managers and other representatives of Nordic orchestras are warmly welcome to take part. We are very happy to invite you to join us in Oulu in the centenary of Finland´s independence. In the conference we will be discussing for “Best practices in community involvement”, “How to survive the inevitable change in the orchestra field”, “Opportunities and challenges in private funding” and “Challenges of digitalization”. Our key note speakers are Ragnar Lund (SWE), Hannes de Vries (NL), Søren Friis Møller (DK) and Katri Saarikivi (FIN).
The conference sessions will be held at Oulu Music Centre and Oulu City Theatre. In addition to the in-depth talks, we can hear a concert by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Gustavsson and enjoy a delightful social life with our wonderful orchestral “family”.
Welcome to the conference!
To be sure of getting a room at our conference hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu, please send your registration before August 25th. Tel. 020 1234 730, sales.ouluradissonblu.com.
Code SINFONIA. A single room 105 €, a double room 125 €.
The fee for the full conference is 520 €. If you want to join the tour from the river delta to country side, smoke sauna and traditional Finnish dinner on Friday, you will pay additional fee
75 €. Please send your registration before August 30th.
Please pay the fee to our IBAN Account:
Suomen Sinfoniaorkesterit ry
FI83 5724 1120 0177 95
Please mention the participant´s name.
The Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras:
Helena Värri, Executive Director +358 50 556 9781, helena.varrisinfoniaorkesterit.fi
Elina Tuomola, Secretary +358 40 594 3079, elina.tuomolasinfoniaorkesterit.fi
Oulu Symphony Orchestra:
Leena Pälli, General Manager +358 44 703 7210, leena.palliouka.fi
Katariina Kummala, Marketing +358 44 703 7220, katariina.kummalaouka.fi
Virpi Länkelä, Sales +358 44 703 7221, virpi.lankelaouka.fi
The Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras reserves all rights to changes in the conference programme.
YOU WILL FIND THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW THE PROGRAMME INFORMATION.
Wednesday 20th of September
Tulindberg Hall, Oulu Music Centre, Leevi Madetojankatu 1-3, Oulu
09:30 – 10:30 Registrations in Oulu Music Centre
10:00 Bus from Radisson Blu Hotel to the Tulindberg Hall
10:30 – 10:45 Welcome, Mayor of the City of Oulu Päivi Laajala
11:00 – 11:45 Country reports / panel hosted by Gordon Alsing, (DK)
Denmark: Asbjørn Keiding
Finland: Helena Värri
Iceland: Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir
Norway: Rolf Lennart Stensø
Sweden: Mikael Brännvall
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee
12:00 – 13:00 100 years of Music in Finland
Minna Lindgren, Music Writer and Journalist
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Opportunities and challenges in private funding
Key Note Speaker Ragnar Lund, Researcher and Lecturer, KHT Royal Institute of Technology
15:00 – 16:15 Best practices in community involvement in the nordic countries
Annika Kukkonen (FIN), Uffe Savery (DK), Marco Feklistoff (SWE), Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir (IS), tba (NO)
16:30 Bus to the hotel
19:00 Dinner at the City Hall, Kirkkokatu 2a, Oulu
Thursday 21st of September “Times are changing.”
Tulindberg Hall, Oulu Music Centre, Leevi Madetojankatu 1-3, Oulu
9:30 Bus from the hotel to the Tulindberg Hall
10:00 – 11:00 From democratization of culture to cultural democracy. Organizational and managerial changes for symphony orchestras.
Søren Friis Møller, External lecturer, PHD, B.A, Copenhagen Business School
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee
11:15– 11:45: The renewal process of the state subsidies in Finland
Helena Mustikainen, Project Director of Sitra Fund
11:45 – 12:30 The change in the orchestra field in the Netherlands and how they survived it.
Key Note Speaker: Hannes de Vries, Co-owner at GE#sharp artists events, Member of the board of the International Artist Managers´ Association
13:30 – 13:50 Auditions from the musician’s perspective.
Lucy Abrams, Clarinetist, Oulu Symphony Orchestra
13:50 – 14:15 Coffee
14:15 – 15:00: HR Policies on senior musicians.
Hanna Fontana, HR manager of Finnish National Opera and Ballet
15:00 – 15:15 Summary
15:30 Bus to the hotel
18:30 Bus from the hotel to the Madetoja Hall
19:00 Oulu Symphony Orchestra concert at the Madetoja Hall
Johannes Gustavsson, conductor
Jamie Barton, mezzosoprano
Juha Pisto: Symphony no 1 (first performance)
Lili Boulanger: D’un soir triste
Gustav Mahler: Rückert Lieder
Intermission hosted by the International Artist Managers´ Association (IAMA) Chairman Aino Turtiainen-Visala, Introduction of “The Heirs of Sibelius” project by Kalevi Aho.
Bus to the hotel leaves after the concert. Dinner by your own cost.
Friday 22nd of September
Oulu City Theatre, Vinttikamari, Kaarlenväylä 2, Oulu
9:00 – 10:00: Music as a gateway to empathy in the digital realm
Key Note Speaker Katri Saarikivi, Cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Helsinki
10:00 – 10:45 Can orchestra field benefit from the game industry and vice versa?
Tony Manninen, CEO of Ludocraft, designing games and play
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 12:00: The future leadership in the orchestra field
Vesa Puhakka, Professor of Management at the University of Oulu´s Business School.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
14:00 Gathering at the hotel
14:15 Oulu Tour from the river delta to country side.
Additional fee 75 €. Please wear sporty casual, waterproof, windproof, everything proof. Bring your swim suit. Towels provided by the host.
– M/S Angelina river boat – smoke sauna – traditional Finnish dinner
22:30 – Bus back to the city
Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 4:00pm-5:30pm Eastern
Economics, race, immigration, urban versus suburban, arts and culture, and of course transportation – this being the Motor City – all converge in a story about transformation and how to lead in the face of tremendous adversity.
Watch and listen to the Opening Plenary of the League’s 2017 Conference as civic, business, and cultural leaders reveal the powerful interplay of their paths and how they’ve become change agents in building a new Detroit for all.
Mark Davidoff, board chairman, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Anne Parsons, president and CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras
Patricia Richards, board chair, League of American Orchestras
Welcome from Ford Motor Company
James G. Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Gold Baton Award Presentation
Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harp of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will receive the League’s 2017 Gold Baton Award, the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, given annually for distinguished service to America’s orchestras.
Panel Discussion, Detroit Rising: Stories of Renewal
Matt Cullen, principal, Rock Ventures LLC; CEO, JACK Entertainment LLC
Hassan Jaber, executive director, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
Mariam Noland, president, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Shirley Stancato, president and CEO, New Detroit
Moderator: Mark Stryker, arts reporter and music critic, Detroit Free Press (1995-2016)