[ Career Strategies ]
Workshop on April 20: Orchestral Opportunities in the 21st Century
On Monday, April 20, the Office of Career Strategies presents an event featuring Ken Cole, Vice President of Learning and Leadership at the League of American Orchestras. Cole will speak on Orchestral Opportunities in the 21st Century: Reaching Out Beyond the Performance Space.
Orchestras enjoyed a central and expanding role in American culture during much of the 20th century. Today, however, many are grappling with profound changes in the demand for live orchestral music — changes driven by shifting demographics, the rise of digital media, increased competition for consumers’ leisure time, and more.
In response, orchestras are developing new ways to engage audiences and serve communities. In this interactive seminar, we’ll explore the forces shaping orchestras today, some of the most promising new programs being developed across the country, and the implications for anyone wanting to build a life as an orchestral musician, including the role of teaching artists.
About the Presenter
Ken Cole is Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development at the League of American Orchestras where he directs grant making and professional development programs designed to help orchestras thrive as creative, artistic engines for the communities they serve. Prior to joining the League staff in June 2014, Ken held senior leadership positions for 10 years at the National Guild for Community Arts Education where he led multi-faceted initiatives to advance arts-in-education partnerships, creative aging programs, creative youth development programs, and more. Ken’s earlier gigs included director of advancement, Levine School of Music (Washington, DC); executive director, GALA Choruses; development director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra; and development associate, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He was a professional orchestral violist for more than a decade.
Ken has been a review panelist for many grant making organizations including the New Jersey State Arts Council, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and the Washington Post Company. He presents regularly at national conferences of such organizations as Chorus America, Arts Education Partnership, and Grantmakers in the Arts. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in viola performance from Oberlin College Conservatory and Louisiana State University.