The board and staff of Orchestras Canada would like to thank the people and organizations that made our recent National Meetings in Vancouver so successful:
The people who took part. You brought curiousity, passion, a willingness to share, and a spirit of innovation to the event;
Our guest speakers: Susan Howlett, Alex Ross, and David Sulkin;
Our hosts at the VSO School of Music, who gave us the run of their beautiful venue (which doesn’t seem to have aged a day since our last visit in 2011);
The staff and volunteers of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, who assisted with so many conference details; and – of course – Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the orchestra for a spectacular performance of Bernstein’s Candide at the conference close;
Our partners in government, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, for their generous support of (respectively) a travel bursary program to help people from smaller budget orchestras participate, and dual language services. The meeting would not be so inclusive nor so welcoming were it not for their investments;
Our major sponsor, for the sixth straight year: Great-West Life/London Life/Canada Life;
Our coffee break sponsors, who helped us maintain a happy and healthy “buzz” throughout the day: Ellison Travel and Tours Ltd., Long & McQuade, Cowan Insurance, and Symmetrica; and
Orchestras Canada’s super-donor, the generous and timely Dr. George Freundlich of Matheson, ON.
Resources and recordings from many of the sessions are being posted on the conference website, organized by day. As well, OC’s summer Digital Communications Manager, Cole Armitage, has used Storify to compile tweets from the meeting, and you can find a link to these on the home page of the conference website here.
We’ve sent a post-conference survey to participants, and we look forward to building on your feedback to plan next year’s meeting!