In my last posting on the American orchestra crisis, I promised to create a virtual symposium on the complex issues.  I proposed inviting musicians, orchestra managers, union representatives, consultants, funders, students to weigh in with their thoughts. I have issued the invitations and a gratifying number of writers are working on or have completed entries. Others have agreed to be interviewed in a Q and A format. I will post these here as they come in over the summer.    Because the problems facing orchestras are, in part, issues of legitimacy and because orchestras’ survival depends so much on the ensembles’ connection to their communities, I have also asked some of our Abreu Fellows to write about making music essential to civic life.  Similarly, because the “orchestras” of the future may look very different from their current manifestations and may be re-created by a new kind of musician, I have asked some of our Entrepreneurial Musicianship grant winners to discuss the new paradigms they are exploring. Enjoy!

–Tony Woodcock

About the author

Tony Woodcock
Tony Woodcock

New England Conservatory President [b]Tony Woodcock[/b] grew up in the Middle East, England, and Wales, where he studied music at University College, Cardiff. After leaving the university, Woodcock took positions with regional music promoters, and later ran the newly opened St. David's Hall, the National Concert Hall and Conference Centre of Wales.

Before coming to the United States, Woodcock held top positions with the City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox Singers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In Liverpool, he played a significant role in planning the 150th anniversary and commissioned Paul McCartney to write his first-ever classical piece, The Liverpool Oratorio.

Woodcock came to the US in 1998, when he was invited to take over the Oregon Symphony. He remained in that position until 2003, when he became President of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Deeply committed to education, Woodcock led the Minnesota Orchestra to win back-to-back ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Awards for Excellence in Educational Programming and secured underwriting to make the orchestra’s popular family
series admission-free.

A self-styled "recovering Brit," Woodcock took steps to permanently cure his condition. In summer 2009, he and his wife Virginia were sworn in as American citizens.

Read Tony Woodcock's blog [l=http://web.esm.rochester.edu/poly/blog/author/tony-woodcock/]here[/l].

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