The opening plenary session was filled with useful information for delegates. League President and CEO Jesse Rosen addressed the delegation and spoke about the current state of orchestras in the United States. In his address he spoke of a variety of issues that currently affect orchestras: how some orchestras have faced major natural disasters and are on their journey to recovery, sexual harassment, and how recent policy developments might have an impact on the philanthropic landscape of American orchestras.
One of the most beneficial elements of the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting is the opportunity for our constituents to convene with their peers in group meetings. These meetings provide a valuable opportunity for orchestra leaders to discuss key issues and share resources. This year, our constituency group meetings covered a wide range of topics which included, but were not limited to, discussing models for a regional convening of orchestras; diversity, equity, and inclusion; event safety and crisis management; governance and much more.