Friday, June 27, 2014

Seattle Conference: League of American Orchestras

Jackie Riddle-Jackson prepares for the Roundtables in Seattle.

Certificate from League of American Orchestras 2014

Roundtable presentors 2014.  Thanks to Tiffany Ammerman for the photos.

The Orchestra of Southern Utah sent two representatives to attend and present at the annual conference held by The American League of Orchestras. Board Member and OSU Musician, Suzanne Tegland joined In Jubilo conductor and OSU Recital Director Jackie Riddle-Jackson to learn valuable information to help improve our orchestra, network with orchestras from across the nation, and present one of seventeen Roundtable Sessions.

"With many different sessions, we learned that our concerts resonate the concerns of orchestras everywhere. Our overall feeling was that with our excellent conductor, board, and manager, we have already addressed concerns so well. We felt lucky to have such support from our community. We now have some tricks up our sleeves that will help us to better serve our community in return and look forward to implementing ideas and creating more connections," said Jackie Jackson.

The highlight of the conference was when Jackie Jackson presented at the roundtables. For the entire session, an attendee would go to 4 different tables for 12 minutes each. Jackson presented on behalf of OSU a session entitled, “Singing Creates Symphony Support.” She described our work with the community, high schools, and our Messiah choirs that have helped our orchestra perform both old and new pieces. This past year we performed Mozart’s Requiem; next season we look forward to collaborating again to perform a Chinese love story in October and Marshall McDonald and Steven Sharp-Nelson’s Africa in November. Our presentation was well attended; with people advising other attendees to go to ours! We are thankful to Jackie for her work, Rollan Fell and Sara Penny for collecting and preparing the presentation materials. Jackie was one of 7 presentation winners.

The Orchestra of Southern Utah continues to learn, grow, and network in hopes to help our community. Music has power to hone minds, promote peace, and unify communities. We look forward to our season, “Pieces of Peace,” and hope that you will join us!

Handout from Seattle Conference on League site:

Conference highlights and videos at