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Jenny Darlington-Person of Music in the Mountains Selected to Attend Program at Julliard – YubaNet

Grass Valley, CA – Jenny Darlington-Person, Executive Director of Music in the Mountains is among a select cohort of 35 orchestra and arts professionals chosen from the United States and Canada to participate in Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ premier leadership development program. The ten-day seminar, running from July 24-August 2, 2022, is presented in collaboration with Juilliard Extension and will take place in New York at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center Campus.

“These talented professionals are the future of our field–I’m so pleased our brilliant faculty will provide them with a rich in-person experience on the Juilliard campus this year,” said League of American Orchestras President and CEO Simon Woods, the former director of Essentials of Orchestra Management. “In addition to offering the cohort the opportunity to build life-long professional friendships among their peers, the Essentials curriculum will give them the full perspective on what it takes to run an orchestra. We’re honored to uphold the program’s rich legacy of developing our future orchestra leaders.”

“As a lifelong learner, I cannot wait to learn from the best teachers in the orchestra management field and to study at the prestigious Julliard Lincoln Center Campus,” said Jenny Darlington-Person. “I am looking forward to using the knowledge I gain to benefit Music in the Mountains and my community.”

America’s flagship program for early- and mid-career orchestra and arts professionals, Essentials of Orchestra Management offers a pathway to future leadership and career success; since its inception in 2000, over 500 individuals have participated in the program. Now in its 22nd year, Essentials connects, inspires, and challenges tomorrow’s leaders, providing them the knowledge they need to enhance their careers.

Topics will include artistic planning and artistic leadership models; development and strategic planning; equity, diversity, and inclusion; education, community engagement, and community programs; human resources and organizational culture; leadership and governance; marketing and communications; and negotiations. The seminar also includes a concert and tour of Carnegie Hall, and peer discussion and mentoring opportunities.

This year’s seminar is taught and directed by a faculty comprised of master leaders of the orchestra field and beyond, including:

Core Faculty:

scott faulkner (Seminar Director) Principal Bassist, Reno Phil & Reno Chamber Orchestra; Former Executive Director, Reno Chamber Orchestra; Director, League Alumni Network

Jennifer BarlamentExecutive Conductor, Atlanta Symphony

alex laingPrincipal Clarinetist, The Phoenix Symphony

League Leadership:

simon woodsPresident and CEO

Caen Thomason–RedusVP, Inclusion and Learning

David StyersDirector, Learning and Leadership Programs

Juilliard Leadership:

John Morgan Bush, Dean of Juilliard Extension, The Juilliard School

Guest Faculty:

Lisa Brown AlexanderPresident and CEO, Nonprofit HR

astrid baumgardnerPresident, Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training

Deborah BordaPresident and CEO, New York Philharmonic

Rosina CannizzaroExecutive Director, Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

patrick castillio, VP Artistic Planning, NY Phil

Dan Coleman, Crypto Fundraising Strategist, The Giving Block; Former Senior Director of Development, San Francisco Symphony

Rosalie ContrerasVP of Public Affairs, The Juilliard School

Clive GillinsonExecutive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall

Gary GinstlingExecutive Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra

Douglas HagermanBoard Chair, League of American Orchestras

Sarah JohnsonChief Education Officer, Carnegie Hall

Joe KlugerPrincipal, WolfBrown

Lee KooncePresident and Artistic Director, Gateways Music Festival

Eun-leeFounder and Executive Director, The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra

Najean LeeDirector, Government Affairs & Advocacy, League of American Orchestras

Marlah Bonner-McDuffieVP of Development, League of American Orchestras

anwar nasirExecutive Director, Louisiana Philharmonic

Heather NoonanVP, Advocacy, League of American Orchestras

Gary PadmoreDirector, Education and Community Engagement, New York Philharmonic

Doris Parent, VP of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategies (IDEAS) and Strategic Partnerships

Faith Raiguel, Former CFO, LA Opera; Board Member: Idyllwild Arts, Silk Road, Street Symphony

Lesley Rosenthal, COO & Corporate Secretary, The Juilliard School; Former EVP/Executive Counsel & Secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

alexa smithAssistant VP and Chief of Staff, Manhattan School of Music

David SneadPresident and CEO, Handel + Haydn Society

bill thomasSenior VP and COO, New York Philharmonic

Joshua WorbyExecutive and Artistic Director, Westchester Philharmonic

Karen YairVP, Research and Resources, League of American Orchestras

Michelle ZwitOperations and Touring Manager, Philadelphia Orchestra • Executive Director, Penn Med Symphony

2022 Essentials of Orchestra Management cohort includes:

Bethel BalgeExecutive Director, Mankato Symphony Orchestra Association Inc.

Anthony BarberDeputy Director, Silkroad

Erica CherryExecutive Director, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County

Charity ClarkDevelopment Director, New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Marie-Claude CodsiCoordinator, Education, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

danny lambFinance Associate & Digital Content Producer, Spokane Symphony

Jenny Darlington PersonExecutive Director, Music in the Mountains

Timothy DillowDirector, Corporate Relations, Houston Symphony

Michael DwinellOrchestral Studies Associate, Keston MAX Project Manager (MAW), Juilliard and Music Academy of the West

Kristen Flock-RitchieProgramming Manager, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Alexander FruinDirector, CCS Fundraising

Phil GutierrezProduction Manager, New York Philharmonic

John HaverkampDirector of Development, Omaha Symphony Association

Jennifer HermannExecutive Conductor, Olympia Symphony Orchestra

Ana JaquimDirector of Marketing & Digital Productions, Chamber Music Detroit

Samantha Johnson-HelmsExecutive Director & Principal Clarinet, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra

Erin-JonesDirector of Sales, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Allison LambacherSenior Manager of Classical Marketing & Analytics, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Margaret LiuAssistant Manager, Corporate Relations, John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts

William LoderSenior Individual Giving Manager, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

evander louisManager of Community Programs, Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Brooke MeadOrchestra Personnel Assistant, The Cleveland Orchestra

Alfredo Munoz, MBA Candidate at Questrom School of Business, Boston University; Corporate Relations Manager, Boston Ballet

ted nelson, Section Cello; Board of Directors, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

David NussExecutive Director, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra

Julie NystedtAssistant Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Grand Rapids Symphony

Keith ObazaVice President of Production, The Philly POPS

samuel phillips, Director, Access & Civic Engagement | Stage Management | Director of Operations, Minnesota Opera Company | Minnesota Opera Company | Lake George Music Festival

Jessica Phillips, Musician / Educator / Advocate, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra | Juilliard + MSM | Local 802

Terrell PierceDirector of Operations, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Sophie PressAssistant Manager, NSO Individual Giving, National Symphony Orchestra – Kennedy Center

Anna RybickiExecutive Conductor, Chippewa Valley Symphony

Jason StasiukManager, Artistic Operations, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Benjamin ThishermanManager of Orchestra Personnel, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Stephanie YoonArtistic Operations Manager, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Hashtag: #Essentials2022

Essentials of Orchestra Management is made possible, in part, by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains (MIM) is a platinum-star-rated nonprofit organization that pairs world-class musical performances with a deep commitment to music education. Four over four decades MIM has been uplifting, engaging, and transforming audiences through great musical performances and programs. For information about upcoming events, education programs, and opportunities, visit

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 orchestras 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

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