The agile orchestra: responding to new opportunities
This year's conference program is designed to provide orchestra leaders - established and emerging - with the perspectives, insights, and inspiration they need to lead thriving, responsive, and future-oriented organizations. From cutting-edge research to practical advice from industry leaders, the event blends plenary sessions, workshops, and peer discussions. Join us!
The conference begins with lunch on Wednesday, May 30 and concludes at 5pm on Friday, June 1.
The deadline for hotel booking is May 8, and we may sell out early.
2018 Conference Committee
Thank you to our 2018 Conference Committee, chaired by Jennifer MacDonald of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Bennett, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony; Janet Bwititi (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra); Leanne Davis (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra); Marie-Josée Desrochers (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal); Simon Gamache (I Musici de Montréal); Chandra Kastern (Red Deer Symphony); Letha MacLachlan (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation); Marie-Pierre Rolland (Orchestre symphonique de Laval); and Mark Turner (Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra).
A special thank you to our colleagues at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for their generous contributions of time, expertise, and resources, and to Honens for sponsoring our welcome reception.
This year, we’re offering a few different approaches to knowledge exchange, including plenaries with experts, breakout sessions with your peers, and small-group workshops, too. Our opening half day on May 30 will include a welcome lunch, plenaries and breakouts, and time to re-connect with peers over coffee. May 31 and June 1 will each feature plenary sessions, breakouts, and small group workshops, a two-hour break for “lunch on your own” and the always-popular coffee breaks, too. Knowing the value you place on time with colleagues, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to talk with peers, both in scheduled sessions and informally.
Wednesday, May 30
Plenary: La Placa Cohen Culture Track
Maggie Hartnick and Phillip Cox, consultants from La Placa Cohen, will give a sneak peek of the first-ever Canadian edition of Culture Track, a deep dive into the habits and preferences of culturally active individuals. Canadian data will be compared and contrasted with the US data. https://culturetrack.com/
Breakouts by Topic
- Operations focus
- Leadership focus
- Development focus
- Marketing focus
Reception, sponsored by
and featuring Artistic Director John Kimura Parker (“Jackie”) in performance.
Thursday, May 31
Plenary: What orchestras need to know about workplace and sexual harassment, with perspectives from legal, human resources, and crisis communications experts, and reflections from musicians and managers on next steps for the field.
Plenary: Canadian orchestras' current and future work in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
Ethnomusicologist Parmela Attariwala and equity arts consultant Soraya Peerbaye present the findings of their research, conducted on behalf of Orchestras Canada and supported by the Leadership for Change grant program, on Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in the orchestral sector. Attariwala and Peerbaye have conducted one-on-one interviews with stakeholders in the sector across Canada, including executive directors, artistic directors, conductors, composers, and arts funding representatives, as well as roundtable discussions with artistic collaborators from Indigenous, Black, South Asian and other under-represented communities. They also reviewed critical literature on equity and decolonization in European arts-based institutions, from performing arts to art galleries and museums. Their final paper brings together new knowledge and viewpoints, to re-envision, with both rigour and generosity, the future of Canadian orchestras.
Our consultants will host a range of concurrent workshops and discussions:
- Building High Performance Teams, led by Jeanne Lesage
- Branding as a Key Strategic Tool, led by Luiza Campos
- Canadian Immigration 101: a practical guide for orchestras and musicians, led by Stephen Fogarty
- Next steps for your orchestra’s work in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, led by Soraya Peerbaye and Parmela Attariwala
- Lessons from the first Canada Council Engage and Sustain results, led by Thérèse Boutin
Workshops, part 2
Friday, June 1
Breakouts by Peer Group
- Marketing and development focus
- Leadership focus
- Advocacy focus
- Financial information focus
Two choices: a 2-hour break for lunch on your own, OR a complimentary light lunch hosted by the Orchestras Canada board, followed by an update from Orchestras Canada.
Plenary: What is a good negotiation? A rousing panel exchange, with speakers who will bring an array of perspectives to the room.
Plenary: California Symphony executive director Aubrey Bergauer will talk to us about learnings from Orchestra X, an ongoing exploration of orchestra leadership in a changing world.
Wrap up and 2019 Conference announcement
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra "Firebird” Concert, featuring Sharon Kam, clarinet. Our host, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras is kindly offering discounted tickets for conference delegates, and the CPO welcomes conference delegates to the Jack Singer Concert Hall’s Founders Room for a celebratory glass of prosecco.
Violinist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Parmela Attariwala interweaves life as a performer, researcher and pedagogue. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, then trained as a classical-era specialist in Switzerland. Today, her performance practice traverses genres from Bach through the avant-garde, including experimental opera, fiddle, rock, free improvisation and non-Western crossovers. Attariwala has released three critically acclaimed albums, and works extensively in dance as a composer and movement artist. In her pre-Ph.D. incarnation as a freelance orchestral musician, Attariwala regularly performed in Toronto’s pit orchestras, including 10 full seasons with the National Ballet Orchestra (1994-2004). 2018 marks her 24th season with the Esprit Orchestra, where she has served as Assistant Concertmaster since 2006.
Dr. Attariwala is currently affiliated with York University, where she teaches violin and viola, and with Brandon University’s Institute for Research in Music and Community. She works with younger students at the Regent Park School of Music in downtown Toronto, and conducts research on the intersection of music pedagogy, student engagement, racism and socio-economic marginalization. www.parmela.com
Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA
Jeanne has a 25+ year career in arts management, starting as a stage manager working across Canada; 10 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first in Theatre Operations followed by starting TIFF’s first Human Resources department; 6 years in international arts projects including the Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Deputy CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman; and then acting as Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts, a multi-disciplinary presenting centre in West Vancouver. Jeanne is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), holds an MBA in Management Consulting, and has launched the LeSage Arts Management consultancy in Toronto with a focus on Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy, and Facilitation. She is pleased to serve as a board member for Volcano Theatre, Department of Imaginary Affairs, and S.M.Arts Stage Managing the Arts.
Soraya Peerbaye is an equity and arts consultant specializing in creative, career and community development for artists and critical research for the field. A long-time advocate for artists of colour and diasporic artistic practices, Peerbaye was the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council, and prior to that the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. She has worked with a wide range of independent artists, and currently works with Anandam as the company’s Program Development and Curatorial Co-Director, activating the company’s innovative Audience-in-Residence program and the Contemporaneity series, which features contemporary expressions of Asian, African, Carribean, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance. Her varied interactions have allowed her to develop an intricate analysis on issues of race, gender, Indigeneity, decolonization, and the development of artistic ecologies; she has brought this perspective and expertise to national granting bodies, arts service organizations, municipalities, and diverse arts community forums, from the City of Markham, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, the National Arts Service Organizations forum, to Orchestras Canada. She is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Dance Assembly. Peerbay is a poet whose most recent collection, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood, won the 2016 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE!
Registration covers event participation, all coffee breaks plus lunch on May 30.
Discounts are offered to multiple registrants from the same organization. Registrants who are not OC Members or Associates pay a higher fee.
5% Alberta GST will be added to the following prices
Regular rate: $575
Each additional person from a Member/Associate organization: $285
Non-Members/Associates (full-conference): $625
Single half day with lunch, Wednesday, May 30: $175
Single full day, Thursday, May 31: $250
Single full day, Friday, June 1: $250
To inquire about membership/associateship prior to registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Cancellation Policy : We will accept cancellations up to 14 days prior to the start date of the event, and refund payments received minus a 5% service charge. Cancellations with less than 14 days’ notice are not refundable. You can, however, transfer your registration to someone else: just make sure to let us know.
Orchestras Canada has secured a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown 239 - 12th Avenue SW at the rate of $159 plus taxes per night. This rate is available from May 29-June 2, 2018.
Book your room HERE by May 8 to receive the discounted rate
The hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Kahanoff Conference Centre.
IF YOU ARE FLYING, WE HAVE SOME DISCOUNTS FOR YOU!
WESTJET is our official airline for the conference, offering a promotional discount (10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares) for travel between Calgary and anywhere WestJet flies in North America between May 23 and June 8, 2018.
You will be provided with the promotional code in your conference registration confirmation, so please register for the conference early. If you need to book your flight prior to registering for the conference, please email email@example.com.
You can change or cancel reservations within 24 hours of booking at no charge. Further changes or cancellations can be made up to 2 hours prior to the flight; please note additional fees or charges may apply for each guest depending on fare class booked and differences in fare.
Allied Downtown Shuttle Service is available at the airport (buy tickets between Gates 4 & 5). Departing every 30 minutes at :15 and :45, the minibus will drop you off at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown. Travel time is no more than 30 minutes. The cost is $15 to the hotel and $10 to return to the airport. The pick-up to go back to the airport is every hour on the half hour.
Alternatively, a taxi will cost approximately $45.00 one way.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Sponsorship supports our national conference and provides a wonderful opportunity for service professionals and artists to profile offerings and meet orchestral leaders and administrators from across Canada.
Our conference is located at the Kahanoff Conference Centre . Delegates are typically senior decision-makers and administrators of professional and community orchestras from across Canada.
Interested? We invite you to contact Orchestras Canada staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to propose another sponsorship idea. We also offer flexible payment options.
All sponsors will receive advance access to the conference attendee list with contact email as well as recognition on the conference website, in conference slides and in Orchestras Canada’s annual report.
Session Sponsorship – more information coming!
As an exclusive sponsor of one of our plenary sessions, workshops or panel presentations, you will be recognized in the session introduction from the podium and as part of our session description on our conference website. You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit, which may include reference to the session you are sponsoring.
Trade Show Sponsorship – 4 available @ $450 - 1 RESERVED!
As a trade show sponsor, you may display your banner for the duration of the conference and will be provided with a long table to distribute promotional materials. Trade show sponsor staff representatives are required to remain in the designated trade show area.
Technology Sponsorship – 1 available @ $450
Our technology sponsorship helps us to defray audio visual expenses. As an exclusive sponsor, you will be recognized from the podium for your support and may display your banner in the plenary area for the duration of the conference. As well, you will be able to include one item in the delegate kit.
Welcome Lunch Sponsorship – 1 available (May 30) @ $450 - RESERVED!
As an exclusive sponsor of a welcome lunch on May 30, you are invited to display a banner or sign for the day. We will provide space for you to display promotional literature, and you will be able to include one item in the delegate kit.
Coffee Break Sponsorship – 5 available @ $400
As a coffee break sponsor, you are invited to display a banner or sign in the refreshments area and to serve as host for the duration of the break. We will provide space for you to display promotional literature in the break area, and you will be able to include one item in the delegate kit.
Cellphone / Tablet Charger Table Sponsorship –- 1 available @350
As a charging station sponsor, you may display your banner beside the charging station (outlets will be provided) for the duration of the conference. You may also include one item in the delegate kit.
Lanyard & Name Tag Sponsorship – 1 available @ $250 - RESERVED!
As a lanyard and name tag sponsor, you will supply Orchestras Canada with branded lanyards and sponsor the purchase and production of name tags. Orchestras Canada staff prepare the name tags. You are invited to include one item in the delegate kit.
Delegate Bag Sponsorship – 1 available @ $150 - RESERVED!
As a delegate bag sponsor, you will provide a branded conference bag (quantity to be determined) for all delegates. You may also insert one promotional item as part of the delegate kit.
Delegate Kit Sponsorship – 10 available @ $100 - 2 RESERVED!
If you want to reach out to conference delegates but are looking for something economical, we invite you to be a delegate kit sponsor. You will provide a promotional item (print or otherwise), which will be included in our delegate bag.
In recognition of our fine Canadian orchestras and the outstanding work that they do, the Honens International Piano Competition, along with its generous partners Steinway Piano Gallery Calgary and Renaissance Wines, cordially invites all delegates to an Opening Reception from 5:00-6:30 pm in the main lobby of the Kahanoff Centre. Cameo performance by Honens Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker at 5:45 pm.
Sharon Kam, Clarinet
Timing, elegance, humour – qualities that make Mozart’s “simple” music perhaps the most difficult of all to play, qualities the Israeli-born Sharon Kam imbues into every note. Widely regarded as one of the leading solo clarinetists in the world today, Ms. Kam joins the Orchestra for two stunning staples of her repertoire. Programmed creatively with Rautavaara’s atmospheric Cantus Arcticus and Stravinsky’s fantastical Firebird Suite.
Pre-concert Chat: 7:05pm
RUNE BERGMANN, conductor
SHARON KAM, clarinet
Use the code OC18 to purchase tickets for The Firebird on June 1st for $25 each. This code may be used online or over the phone. If purchasing over the phone, the CPO Box Office can be reached at 403-571-0849, and guests must quote the coupon code. To use the code online, go to the following link and click on ‘buy tickets’ under June 1st:
The discounted price for conference participants is for:
Category B (Orchestra Level and Mezzanines)
When purchasing online at calgaryphil.com, follow these steps to apply the discount to desired tickets:
- Click on the seating map, choose seats, and click on ‘Reserve Selected Tickets’.
- Enter OC18 into the coupon code field and click ‘unlock’ - the coupon code is case sensitive and must be entered in caps.
- Use the drop down menu next to each ticket to choose the special prices.
If you have any questions, please contact OC Administrator Sarah Thomson at email@example.com / 877.809.7288 x. 2.