Erik Shinn Participates in League of American Orchestras’ Immersive Seminar

Erik Shinn Selected to Participate in Essentials of Orchestra Management, League of American Orchestras’ Immersive Seminar

Residential program offers in-depth overview of orchestra management and the knowledge and tools to become innovative and successful orchestra professionals

York, PA—Dr. Erik Shinn of the York Symphony Orchestra is among a select cohort of 35 orchestra professionals chosen from across the country to participate in Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ premier educational course for developing effective and innovative orchestra administrators. To many, the 10-day seminar—running July 8-18 in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California—represents the gold standard of orchestra management training, offering a powerful curriculum and providing the cohort an invaluable career network for the future.

“These talented individuals will come out of Essentials with the knowledge to adapt and preserve this art form we love,” said League of American Orchestras’ President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Our objective for the seminar is to keep the program on the forward edge of trends in the orchestra world, and to equip participants to navigate the rapidly changing orchestra field.”

“Essentials of Orchestra Management has a long track record of imparting a large body of knowledge and experience about the orchestra field to the leaders of tomorrow. This year’s curriculum builds on that tradition, taking the best of the past and at the same time opening up the class to a think-tank atmosphere for discussing many of the critical issues of our time,” said Simon Woods, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Director of Essentials. “Our whole field is in a moment of stepping out to meet the future, and this next generation is critical in that exciting regenerative process.”

“Erik has been an invaluable addition to our administrative team,” said Michael Reichman, Executive Director, York Symphony Orchestra. “His organizational skills are only matched by his artistic knowledge and musicianship. It’s no surprise he was selected to join this highly competitive program.”

Essentials continues in its long tradition of developing the field’s future leaders; since its inception in 2000, over 500 individuals have participated in the program. Many alumni are now professionals excelling at an array of highly-regarded music organizations, including El Sistema USA, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Silkroad, and many more.

Led by a faculty of orchestra executives, leadership experts, artists, and arts activists with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, Essentials of Orchestra Management not only explores the challenges faced by orchestra managers today, but also envisions how orchestras must adapt and change to be sustainable in the future. Essentials addresses both theory and practice in a curriculum that integrates the faculty’s extensive practical experience and professional knowledge into a course of study designed to elevate participants’ careers.

The core and guest faculty members comprise high-profile orchestral leaders from around the U.S.:

Essentials of Orchestra Management Core Faculty:

Simon Woods, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Essentials Director

Scott Faulkner, Bassist, Reno Philharmonic; former Executive Director, Reno Chamber Orchestra; Essentials Associate Director

Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Laing, Principal Clarinetist, Phoenix Symphony

Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras

John-Morgan Bush, Director of Learning and Leadership Programs, League of American Orchestras


Essentials Guest Faculty:

Reveta Bowers, Head of School, the Center for Early Education; Board Member, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Dan Coleman, Senior Development Advisor, Cleveland Institute of Music

Amy Fogerson, Director, Street Symphony Chamber Singers

Vince Ford, Vice President, Audiences and Innovation, New York Philharmonic

Ken Foster, Director, Arts Leadership Program, USC Thornton School of Music

Tanya Kalmanovitch, Assistant Professor, the New School University; Faculty, New England Conservatory

Faith Raiguel, Chief Financial Officer, LA Opera (retired)

Laura Reynolds, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, Seattle Symphony

Rachel Roberts, Associate Professor of Music Leadership, Eastman School of Music

Meredith Snow, Violist, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Chairperson, International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians

Dan Song, Vice President, Philharmonic and Production, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Ed Yim, President, American Composers Orchestra

Prominent musicians and artists from the Greater L.A. area will supplement the seminar experience.

The 2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management Cohort:

Selina Fischer, Orchestra Coordinator, Colburn School

Heidi Gempeler, Board Liaison and Executive Administrator, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Rachel Hagemeier, Manager of Education & Outreach, Canton Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Hay, Executive Director, Amarillo Symphony

Chrysa Kovach, Director of Development, Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra

Emily Lair, Education Project Manager, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Larry Lang, Executive Director, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Kay Linan, Box Circle and VIP Concierge, Pacific Symphony

Aileen MacDonald, Orchestra Personnel Assistant/Auditions Coordinator, NY Philharmonic

Dave Moss, Executive Director, Haymarket Opera Company

Ji Hae Oh, Director of Donor Relations, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Gokul Parasuram, Data Analyst, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Emily Paris-Martin, Director, Business Operations, Bozeman Symphony

Joseph Peterson, Trombone Fellow, New World Symphony

Mara Prausa, Executive Director, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

Virginia Reynolds, Education Programs Manager, San Francisco Symphony

Rebecca Roling, Director of Marketing and Audience Development, New West Symphony

Hunter Safrit, Associate Executive Director, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Jessica Satava, Executive Director, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Schless, Marketing and Communications Manager, Jacksonville Symphony

Erik Shinn, Concert Operations and Personnel Manager, York Symphony Orchestra

Ebner Sobalvarro, Assistant to the Music and Artistic Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Geetha Somayajula, Fulbright Student Researcher- Music, Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Andrew Stiefel, Senior Digital Communications Manager, Seattle Symphony

Timothy Storhoff, Philanthropy & Patron Engagement Manager, Winston-Salem Symphony

Elizabeth Trower, Executive Manager, Sinfonia da Camera

Catharine Walby, Continuing Education, Chicago College of Performing Arts

Morgan Walker, General Manager, Paducah Symphony Orchestra

Dina-Marie Weineck, Executive Assistant and Board Liaison, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Lisa White, Publicist, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Sarah Whitling, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Rachel Wilken, Program Coordinator, Indiana University

Marissa Winship, Freelance Musician, Self Employed

Brooke Wyatt, Director of Development, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Zhu, Music Faculty, Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the York Symphony Orchestra
Made up of talented professional musicians from the greater York area and beyond, the York Symphony Orchestra has been engaging audiences with outstanding orchestral music for 85 years. Performing at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts under the leadership of Music Director Lawrence Golan, the orchestra presents an eclectic mix of classical masterworks and contemporary selections. The York Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to music education, offering programs to engage youth and adults. For more information on the York Symphony Orchestra, visit or find us on Facebook at

About the League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit