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Saturday Seminar Addresses the Future of Symphony Orchestras

September 6, 2011

Jesse Rosen

In collaboration with YSM’s newly established Career Strategies Office, associate dean Michael Yaffe announced the first Saturday Seminar of the 2011-2012 school year. The seminar will address The Future of Orchestras and will take place Saturday, September 24th from 1:00-2:30pm on the stage of Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.

The series of Saturday Seminars offers a valuable opportunity for YSM students to connect with leaders in the arts field and discuss the most important issues facing musicians today.

Designed with orchestral students in mind, the session will address The Future of Orchestras. The seminar will be led by Astrid Baumgardner and will feature Jesse Rosen, Anne-Marie Soulliere, and Carolyn Kuan.

Carolyn Kuan

The event is now open for registration. Students can register online by clicking HERE.

Astrid Baumgardner, an attorney and certified professional life coach, is the coordinator of YSM’s Career Strategies Office. Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, made an important speech on “Orchestras at the Crossroads” at this summer’s LAO conference. Anne-Marie Soulliere, a member of the YSM Board of Visitors, is the president of Fidelity Foundations. Carolyn Kuan was recently named music director and conductor for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has worked with many other orchestras and festivals.

All four guests have spent time thinking about how orchestras can adapt to thrive in our modern world.

With the recent failure and bankruptcy of several important American orchestras, many in the field are exploring new and innovative models to ensure the future success of orchestras. This seminar will be valuable for all students considering orchestral careers after graduation. It  is also an opportunity to make contact with three significant leaders in the field.