The Business of Orchestras
:: Board Relations & Governance

Peter Pastreich  

Orchestra Administration

Peter Pastreich
September 8, 2019

My intent in this presentation is to answer the following question: If I were a musician, what would I want to know about management?

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Orchestral Organization

Henry Fogel
October 29, 2019

I prepared this description of orchestral organization for a class I teach for performance majors at Roosevelt University's conservatory in Chicago. I once complained to the conservatory dean that instrumental performance majors needed to know something about how orchestral organizations function; the dean replied, "So you teach it!" No good deed goes unpunished!

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Barbara Nielsen  

Musician Involvement in the Governance of Symphony Orchestras: Will it Increase Organizational Effectiveness? Part II

Barbara Nielsen
April 7, 2019

Musician involvement in orchestra governance has evolved through several diverse paths. The most frequent scenario for enabling such involvement occurred in the 1980s when the door was opened slightly to allow musicians to participate in certain aspects of orchestra governance. The most common scenario, musician representation on boards, started in the 1980s.

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Barbara Nielsen  

Musician Involvement in the Governance of Symphony Orchestras: Will it Increase Organizational Effectiveness? Part I

Barbara Nielsen
February 22, 2019

The American symphony orchestra is threatened with drifting into obscurity in the 21st century. How can this 19th century institution revitalize itself? One theory is to increase the involvement of symphony musicians in the governance process of the orchestra. Historically, symphonic musicians have been proactive at protecting their rights and promoting their orchestra. However, can musicians be effective leaders and managers of a non-profit organization? There are compelling examples as to why musicians can not only play the music, but also effectively help manage a symphony orchestra.

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Are Three Legs Appropriate? Or Even Sufficient? Part II

Henry Fogel
October 15, 2019

Conclusion of Henry Fogel's article, Are Three Legs Appropriate? Or Even Sufficient?, written for the April 2000 issue of Harmony.

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Are Three Legs Appropriate? Or Even Sufficient? Part I

Henry Fogel
October 10, 2019

For more than a century, the organizational model for American symphony orchestra leadership has been the "three-legged stool." This model places responsibility in the hands of the music director, the executive director, and the board chairman—theoretically as equals. Author Henry Fogel opens the essay that follows by tracing the genesis and evolution of the "three-legged stool." He then poses a series of critical questions about this traditional arrangement.

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Roger Ruggeri  

Positive, Yet Perilous Potentials of Musicians on Orchestra Board Committees

Roger Ruggeri
April 10, 2019

Among the more remarkable turns in the recent evolution of the American Symphony Orchestra movement is a growing presence of orchestra-elected players on board-level committees. It may be awhile until generalizations about this phenomenon are really possible; but meanwhile, during the present developmental stage, it seems that all orchestral constituencies might find an exchange of ideas and points of view stimulating.

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