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Research Bibliographies

Senza Sordino Catalog
The complete archive of Senza Sordino, dating back to the first issue in January of 1963, is now available on the ICSOM website (click here to be redirected).

The Orchestra Musician Forum (OMF) and its website, Polyphonic.org was funded by a gift of from the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI), which was founded in 1994 by Paul R. Judy. The first issue of Harmony, the SOI's periodical, was published in October 1995. Included was an extensive bibliography of the literature about symphony organizations written since 1960, compiled for the SOI by Erin V. Lehman, Ph.D. In an accompanying essay, Symphony Orchestra Organizations: Development of the Literature Since 1960, Erin provided a brief exposition of the primary works in this reference list. In subsequent issues of Harmony, the Institute added many works to this basic bibliography, including the content of Harmony.

To further assist parties interested in research and writing about symphony orchestra organizations, or better understanding them, Polyphonic.org continues to update this bibliography. In addition, we have significantly enhanced the useability of it by adding appropriate key words to each entry, as well as the ability to search the bibliography by author, topics, or key words. In addition, where we have been able to find a web link to the entry, we have provided that link. We hope you will find these enhancements to be timesaving and valuable in your research.

Polyphonic.org welcomes additional suggestions as to how to make this bibliography more useful and informative. Also welcome are suggestions for additions to it.

Polyphonic.org has copyrighted this bibliography, but readers are encouraged to "copy and paste" from the listings to assist in their research.

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Community of Musicians Proposal from the Symposium on the Future of the Symphony Orchestra


Fleischmann, Ernest
Symphony Magazine: 1989
Keywords: orchestra, future, proposal

Nonprofit Boards of Directors: Beyond the Governance Function


Middleton, Melissa
The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook Edited by Walter W. Powell: 1989
Keywords: non-profit, board, directors

Doing Well by Doing Good: Dilemmas of Performance Measurement in Nonprofit Organizations and the Need for a Multiple-Constituency Approach The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook Edited by Walter W. Powell


Kanter, Rosabeth M., and David V. Summers
Yale University Press: 1989
Keywords: non-profit, constituencies, performance

Who’s to Pay for the Arts?: The International Search for Models of Arts Support


Cummings, Milton C. Jr. and J. Mark Davidson Schuster
New York: Americans for the Arts: 1989
Keywords: finance, budget, model

The State of American Orchestras


Schuller, Gunther
Oxford University Press: 1989
Keywords: conductor, composer, essay

Reach Out and Touch Someone


Torch, Deborah
Senza Sordino: 1989

Settlement Summaries


Senza Sordino: 1989
Keywords: ICSOM, settlement

What Live-PALRA Means (Legally)


Leibowitz, Leonard
Senza Sordino: 1989
Keywords: PALRA

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Formed - Musicians Face Mile-High Challenges


Burrell, Melanie, and Katherine White
Senza Sordino: 1989
Keywords: Colorado, formation, orchestra

Into the Fighting Nineties


Goodman, Stanley J
Symphony Magazine: 1989

ICSOM Moves Mountains at Aspen


Senza Sordino: 1989
Keywords: Aspen, ICSOM

Orchestra Players Make Significant Gains at AFM Convention


Buckley, Brad
Senza Sordino: 1989
Keywords: orchestra, AFM, convention