Posted on 06 June 2012.
Between Sunday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 29, over ninety people representing Canadian orchestras from St. John’s NF to Nanaimo BC gathered in Montréal for Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada’s national orchestra meetings – 48 hours of concentrated learning, peer exchange and artistic appreciation. The event was co-hosted by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal, and – between the generosity and formidable resources of our hosts, the hospitality shown to us by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec (CALQ) and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the consistently high standard of the presentations, the transparency and power of the OSM’s sound in the new Maison symphonique, the generosity of our partners in government, corporate sponsors, and foundation and individual donors, the sheer fascination exerted by our host city, and the reliable joy of once again sharing the air with true colleagues – a splendid time was had by all.
Many of the sessions were recorded, and over the coming weeks, OC’s summer student Mike Romaniak will be editing the recordings, synching them to the PowerPoint slides, and posting them on OC’s YouTube channel. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest!
While many, many people went beyond the call of duty in making all of this possible, Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada particularly wants to recognize:
The team at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – Mmes Madeleine Careau and Melanie La Couture, and – of course – Maestro Kent Nagano, whose presentation to the group on Tuesday morning was a highlight
The faculty and staff of the Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal, with particular thanks to Francois Colbert, Holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, who generously supported our quest to partner with HEC Montréal on the conference, and Dr. Wendy Reid, who invested untold hours to ensure that our program was rich in intellectual content, that we heard about HEC faculty’s latest research on relevant topics, and that our dealings with the school were pleasant in all ways.
Our guest speakers: Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research; Dr. Robert Flanagan, professor of Labour Economics at Stanford University; Bob Fraser, bass trombonist of the Victoria Symphony and secretary of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians; Stephen Huddart, CEO of the J.W. McConnell Foundation; Robert Sirman, director of the Canada Council for the Arts; Maestro Kent Nagano; Kelly Rice of CBC Radio; and breakout session guests Denise Ball, Robert Rowat and Steve Pratt from CBC; Frédéric Massé, Heenan Blaikie, Labour and Employment Law Group; and Cossette Communications.
Members of our group who led or facilitated break-out sessions for their peers: Trudy Schroeder, Erika Beatty, Vicki Young, Leanne Davis, Mitchell Krieger, Marie-Anne Perreault, Elizabeth Aman-Hume.
Volunteers from HEC Montréal, who assisted with everything from package stuffing to registration to note taking.
A particular feature this year was a parallel gathering for education and community engagement staff of Canadian orchestras, made possible by a visionary foundation partner. This intrepid group met for a day and a half for a program that explored such topics as diverse audiences, using technology to further orchestra’s music education programs, collaborations and partnerships, evaluation, and network development. This part of the program was designed and facilitated by Dr. Diana Dansereau, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Boston University, and it featured guests from a range of artistic disciplines. In the coming weeks, we’ll be working through some of the implications of the meeting, including the all-important work of building on the nascent network that started so well in Montréal.
Finally, a word of thanks to the funders and sponsors who made it all possible:
Canada Council for the Arts
Department of Canadian Heritage
An anonymous foundation donor
Great West Life – London Life – Canada Life
Dr. George Freundlich
Coffee break sponsors: Agence Station Bleue, L’Arsenal à Musique, Cowan Insurance, Domoney Artists Management, Long and McQuade