Michael Manley, who formerly worked at the national office of the AFM, is one of this year’s American Symphony Orchestra League’s Management Fellows. Each fellow works with four orchestras for a few months each during the course of the fellowship year. Michael is spending the winter months in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after a time in Aspen and the Los Angeles area with the Pacific Symphony. He heads to Cleveland in the spring.
I asked Michael to write about his year as a League Management Fellow — in particular what motivated him to leave his union work to pursue a career in orchestra management. He’s still working on that article, but sent his impressions of working with the South Dakota Symphony, a piece he prepared for their Annual Meeting. Michael is a very artistic kind of guy (he’s a playwright as well as a hornist); I hope you enjoy his art comparisons and contrasts as much as I do!
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