The Business of Orchestras
:: Artistic Decision Making

Tina Ward  

Artistic Leadership in Orchestras, Part III: Conclusions

Tina Ward
September 8, 2019

My original study proposal included developing an alternative model to the traditional American music director structure. I had imagined that the new model would include greater musician involvement and empowerment, and lessened music director responsibilities. Although I did find examples of leadership structures using musician involvement effectively, I have concluded that the art of symphonic music is best served by a clear institutional vision and identity, with a balance of shared leadership that includes a music director or principal conductor.

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Tina Ward  

Artistic Leadership in Orchestras, Part II: What If?

Tina Ward
September 7, 2019

The purpose of this article is to encourage thoughtful discussion, greater understanding, creative solutions, and a supportive environment for future possibilities. No one way will work for every organization. Good solutions are individual. These questions reflect recurring themes and might serve as a discussion guide for exploring these issues.

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Tina Ward  

Artistic Leadership in Orchestras, Part I: Summary

Tina Ward
September 5, 2019

This summary is a compilation of information gathered in studying fifteen American orchestras and three European orchestras between September 2001 and August 2002. he areas of inquiry related to artistic leadership and decision-making included: Identity; Artistic vision; Artistic quality; Programming - repertoire, conductors and guest artists; Personnel decisions - music director, musicians and staff; and Leadership development

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Chuck Ullery  

Are We Giving New Music The Respect It Deserves?

Chuck Ullery
June 29, 2019

What follows is my list of some things I think could be done to promote new music and make it more rewarding for audiences and colleagues alike...

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Christian Woehr, III  

Nepotism to Amigo-ism: Can a composer enter an orchestra's door without holding a conductor's hand?

Christian Woehr, III
June 15, 2019

Don't buck the conductor." This was one of the very few bits of advice I received from my quietly practical but oh-so-shy dad.

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