LAKE FOREST – Lake Forest Sympony Executive Director Susan Lape is one of only nine participants in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. Viewed by the field as one of the best sources of identifying talented administrators with great leadership potential, the program is the flagship of the League’s leadership development offerings. The program, along with its previous iteration, the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, has advanced the development of more than 180 alumni, from 25 current executive directors of orchestras to countless senior executives.
“We are delighted that Susan has been selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program. It is a great honor for the Lake Forest Symphony to have our Executive Director recognized on a national level,” said Jay Owen, Board President of the Lake Forest Symphony.
“Identifying and developing high-potential leaders has been a core commitment of the League since the organization’s earliest days,” commented League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “The cultivation of leaders who can help orchestras adapt to the rapid changes in our society remains at the heart of our mission.”
The participants were selected through a competitive application process and were chosen based on their potential to make significant contributions to their orchestras and to the field as a whole. For a complete bio of Ms. Lape, please click on this link.
The nine men and women will take part in both in-person and virtual seminars and have the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the field. Their ten-month experience, beginning this month, will culminate with a joint presentation with the program participants at the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 National Conference in Detroit. Renowned leadership development expert John McCann is the lead faculty and facilitator of the Emerging Leaders Program.
The 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program participants are:
- Susan Lape, Executive Director, Lake Forest Symphony
- Nora Brady, Associate Director, Sales and Marketing, Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Benjamin Cadwallader, Executive Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra
- Elisabeth Madeja, Director of Marketing, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- David Renfro, Orchestra Personnel and Operations Manager, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
- Kathryn Rudolph, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Jacksonville Symphony
- Amanda Stringer, CEO, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
- Jodi Weisfield, Vice President of Development, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- Randy Wong, Executive Director, Hawaii Youth Symphony
The Emerging Leaders Program is the newest chapter in the League’s history of distinguished talent leadership programs for American orchestras. These programs have included the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Executive Leadership Programs, Institutional Vision and Critical Issues programs, American Conducting Fellowship Program, and Essentials of Orchestra Management.
The inaugural 2015-16 class of the Emerging Leaders Program included Caleb Baily, Executive Director, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (was Orchestra Manager Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Nebraska, when he participated); Jennifer Behr, Director of Patron Engagement, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (was Individual Giving Manager when she participated); Nicholas Cohen, General Manager, OrchKids and Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Bradley Evans, Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager, San Francisco Symphony; Yoo-Jin Hong, Director of Programs, Learning and Leadership Development, League of American Orchestras (was Director of Civic Orchestra and Training Programs Chicago Symphony Orchestra when she participated); and Rebecca Zabinski, Manager, Artistic Administrator, Houston Symphony (was Artistic Associate when she participated).
The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Lake Forest Symphony
Celebrating 59 years, the Lake Forest Symphony is the only fully professional orchestra in Lake County. The orchestra named Illinois Orchestra of the Year in 2006 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras presents five concert pairs in Classical Series which regularly feature both prominent guest artists and emerging young musicians. Innovative outreach programs reach thousands of school children throughout Northern Illinois each year that provide an introduction to classical music for grade school students and unique performance opportunities for students in high school and college. For further information, please call 847.295.2135 or visit www.lakeforestsymphony.org.
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 symphonies 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 americanorchestras.org.