Community Forum

Alan Fletcher — Keynote Speaker for Community Forum

Who is Alan Fletcher?

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Alan Fletcher, one of this country’s most accomplished music administrators and respected composers, was born in 1956 in Riverside, New Jersey, and earned his baccalaureate at Princeton University (1978) and his master’s degree (1979) and doctorate (1983) at Juilliard. He studied composition with Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, and Paul Lansky and piano with Jacob Lateiner and Robert Helps.

In 1985, Fletcher was appointed to the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, teaching composition and theory and serving successively during his 16-year tenure at the school as Dean, Provost and Senior Vice President. From 2006 to 2011, he was Professor of Music and Head of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, after which he assumed his current position as President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Fletcher has lectured nationally and internationally on music and music administration, served on many boards, panels, juries, seminars and committees, and contributed articles and op-ed pieces to Symphony magazine, Gramophone magazine, Wall Street Journal, Sonus: Journal of Global Music, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others.

Fletcher has won numerous composing awards and received commissions from the National Dance Institute, the Pittsburgh Symphony (2008 and 2011), Nashua Symphony, National Gallery of Art, Boston Celebrity Series, Duquesne University, New York Camerata, and other noted ensembles, organizations, and soloists. He chaired the 1997 Salzburg Seminar Music for a New Millenium: The Classical Genre in Contemporary Society.

Alan Fletcher’s 2013 convocation address at Aspen

Here’s part of what Alan Fletcher said in his recent convocation address at the Aspen Music Festival and School:
“Classical music in the United States depends on four groups working together: musicians, donors, administrators, and listeners. No one of these groups ‘owns’ the music, and no one or even two of them can keep the music going without the others … everyone involved here … is mutually obliged to make the enterprise work.”

Read the full text of his remarks in Aspen here.

We are interested to see what he has to say more specifically about the Minnesota Orchestra in his keynote speech at the Community Forum on August 20th.

What Alan Fletcher has accomplished at Aspen

Three years ago, the Aspen Music Festival and School were experiencing serious difficulties.  A recent NY Times article, Aspen Music Festival Embarks on New Era, highlights the turnaround that has taken place under Alan Fletcher’s leadership. Read the article here.

We look forward to hearing what he has to say at the August 20th Community Forum.

  


 

ORCHESTRATE EXCELLENCE
Contact: Richard Carlbom
651-261-1306

ORCHESTRATE EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF ITS COMMUNITY FORUM DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF OUR MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

Community Forum to feature facilitated discussion focused on the future, exploring our community’s role in supporting the Minnesota Orchestra.

MINNEAPOLIS – AUGUST 15, 2013 – Orchestrate Excellence outlined details of its Community Forum, planned for August 20, 2013. The evening will begin with a keynote address by Alan Fletcher, CEO and President of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Afterwards, Dr. Fletcher will answer questions from the audience. Attendees will participate in smaller breakout sessions to discuss key questions in depth. Groups will then share their conclusions with the broader audience at the end of the evening.

“The fundamental questions Minnesotans must answer are, ‘Does Minnesota want a world-class orchestra, and why,’” explained keynote speaker, Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. “The community should know its answer to these questions as dialogue moves forward.”

“Once the groups address these initial questions, attendees will help advance the dialogue, completing the thought process by moving from what we want, to how we will get there,” related Laurie Greeno, co-chair of Orchestrate Excellence. “We will explore this idea by asking, ‘What will you, as a community member, do to support a world-class orchestra, and how?’”

“For more than 100 years Minnesotans have supported our Minnesota Orchestra,” said Forum Facilitator, Richard Carlbom. “Orchestrate Excellence is confident that this gathering can initiate a broader dialogue concerning the ways the community can invest time, talent and resources to help our orchestra thrive in the future.”

Orchestrate Excellence Community Forum
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Orchestrate Excellence is a community based organization of over 1,400 individual supporters and organizational partners dedicated to preserving the artistic brilliance of the Minnesota Orchestra while finding a path toward a secure financial future.
www.orchestrateexcellence.org
www.facebook.com/orchestrateexcellence

 


 

ORCHESTRATE EXCELLENCE
Contact: Richard Carlbom
651-261-1306

Richard Carlbom To Facilitate Public Discussion For Orchestrate Excellence Community Forum

Campaign Manager of Minnesotans United for All Families will facilitate community discussion focused on the future, exploring our community’s role in supporting the Minnesota Orchestra.

MINNEAPOLIS – AUGUST 6, 2013 – Orchestrate Excellence announced that Richard Carlbom has agreed to facilitate the community discussion portion of its Community Forum the evening of August 20th.  Following the keynote address by Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, attendees will participate in breakout groups and then share their ideas in a large-group session facilitated by Carlbom.

“For more than 100 years Minnesotans have supported our Minnesota Orchestra and, at this critical time, we must continue to do so,” said Richard Carlbom. “Orchestrate Excellence is hosting this gathering to initiate a broader dialogue concerning the ways the community can invest time, talent and resources to help our orchestra thrive in the future.”

“Richard Carlbom has repeatedly demonstrated that rare ability to bring diverse members of the community together to engage in meaningful and productive dialogue on difficult issues.  We are excited that he has agreed to join us to facilitate this important discussion of how our community can reinvigorate its support for our great orchestra,” said Laurie Greeno, Co-Chair of Orchestrate Excellence.  “We encourage anyone who shares our conviction that the orchestra is a vital community asset to join us and participate in this dialogue.  The more voices the better.”  Those interested in attending should visit the Orchestrate Excellence Web site and click “RSVP”.

Orchestrate Excellence Community Forum
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Orchestrate Excellence is a community based organization of over 1,400 individual supporters and organizational partners dedicated to preserving the artistic brilliance of the Minnesota Orchestra while finding a path toward a secure financial future.
www.orchestrateexcellence.org
www.facebook.com/orchestrateexcellence

 


 

ORCHESTRATE EXCELLENCE
Contact: Richard Carlbom
651-261-1306

ORCHESTRATE EXCELLENCE TO HOST A COMMUNITY FORUM:
OUR COMMUNITY’S COMMITMENT TO THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Keynote Speaker, Alan Fletcher, President and CEO, Aspen Music Festival and School

MINNEAPOLIS – JULY 16, 2013 – Orchestrate Excellence will host a forum focusing on the future, exploring our community’s role supporting the Minnesota Orchestra.

“Orchestras are an extraordinary and essential element in a great city’s daily life, and when business as usual–the way musicians, management, and boards have traditionally interacted–breaks down, extraordinary measures are needed to save them,” according to the forum’s keynote speaker, Alan Fletcher.

As a community, we share responsibility for the future vitality of the Minnesota Orchestra, along with orchestra board members and management, donors, music lovers and musicians. “We are hosting this gathering to demonstrate our strong commitment to our orchestra, and to initiate a broader dialogue concerning the ways we, the community, can invest our time, talent and resources to help our orchestra thrive in the future,” said Orchestrate Excellence co-chair Laurie Greeno. “We are honored to have Alan Fletcher, one of this country’s most accomplished music administrators and respected composers, joining us as the keynote speaker for the event. We welcome anyone interested in supporting this vital community asset to join us and participate in this dialogue.”

Orchestrate Excellence Community Forum
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Orchestrate Excellence is a community based organization of over 1,400 individual supporters and organizational partners dedicated to preserving the artistic brilliance of the Minnesota Orchestra while finding a path toward a secure financial future.
www.orchestrateexcellence.org
www.facebook.com/orchestrateexcellence