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Archive | February, 2006

Who’s Afraid Of Opera? Apparently Bennett, Colorado

In Colorado, cultural awareness seems to be at an all time low as a local community makes plans to dismiss an elementary school music teacher for showing first, second, and third graders portions of an educational video designed to teach children about opera... Apparently, enough parents residing in the sleepy little bedroom town of Bennett, [...]
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At The NJSO, Is It The Chicken Or The Egg?

An article in the 2/8/06 edition of the New Jersey Star-Ledger by Willa J. Conrad reports that after more than eight months searching, the New Jersey Symphony Board is having trouble identifying a finalist for the position of president & CEO. The article goes on to report that the organization believes one of the contributing [...]
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So That’s What I Would Play

An ongoing problem in this business is the distinct disconnect between board members and musicians. I recently had a conversation with the director of a Mid-Atlantic area PAC that regaled me with a conversation he recently had with one of his local symphony’s board members... According to this manager, the board member was telling him [...]
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Examining Dallas’ “Bold Plan For Greatness” – Conclusions

Strategic plans are only as good as the people designing and implementing them. As such, a properly designed plan implemented by a core of capable executive managers, board leaders, and the music director can serve as a vehicle to limitless accomplishments… Not long ago I published a piece about the abundance of “Best Practices” throughout [...]
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Examining Dallas’ “Bold Plan For Greatness” Part 3

Continuing where Part II concluded, this installment will carry on by examining the final phase of Dallas Symphony Orchestra's "Bold Plan For Greatness", a 10 year strategic plan designed to move the organization to the next level... With Phase III slated to begin five years from now, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that some of [...]
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Examining Dallas’ “Bold Plan For Greatness” Part 2

Continuing where  Part 1 concluded, this installment will continue by examining the second phase of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's "Bold Plan For Greatness", a 10 year strategic plan designed to move the organization to the next level... Within any long term plan, the farther into the future the plan extends the less specific it becomes [...]
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Examining Dallas’ “Bold Plan For Greatness” Part 1

In 2004, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra initiated a 10 year strategic plan with the goal of establishing the organization as one of the top five American orchestras in artistic level and a community landmark similar to the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, I've had the opportunity to review Dallas’ plan and talk to their president and [...]
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