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Building on Trust at the New World Symphony


Known as “America’s Orchestral Academy,” the New World Symphony enrolls graduates of top music programs and prepares them for roles in professional orchestras and ensembles worldwide. Housed for more than a decade in a historic movie theater, the New World Symphony saw the need for a larger and more flexible space for its educational, performance, rehearsal, and administrative activities. This case examines the plans for the new building, in particular the operating cost projections for using the facility once completed. The economic recession of 2008-09 presents the administration and board of trustees with difficult decisions about how to see the project to its completion.

Author: Michael A. Anderson
Published: Volume 2, Winter 2017
Details: PDF Download – 10 pages plus Appendices
ISSN 2475-4994

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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.