Tacoma, WA—Symphony Tacoma Executive Director Karina Bharne is one of only twelve orchestra professionals participating in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program, the field’s prime source for identifying and cultivating the leadership potential of talented orchestra professionals.
The competitive eight-month program began this week with a three-day meeting in New York City and also includes one-to-one coaching, in-depth seminars led by leadership experts, visits with leaders in cultural and performing arts institutions, virtual convenings, and a capstone project culminating at the League’s 2020 National Conference in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (June 10-12, 2019). The curriculum develops participants’ individual leadership capabilities and advances strategic thinking, resiliency, and innovation throughout the orchestra field.
“I am honored to be a part of this esteemed cohort and am looking forward to strengthening my leadership capabilities,” said Bharne. “Through the seminars, in-person meetings and virtual convenings, I look forward to deepening my impact on the Tacoma community through my work with Symphony Tacoma.”
“These twelve professionals are stewards of our field’s future,” said President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “They will hone their leadership skills and strategic vision through this flagship League of American Orchestras’ leadership development program, while building a cohort of colleagues they can learn from in years to come.”
Bharne began her tenure with Symphony Tacoma in September 2018. Prior to this, she was the Interim Executive Director with the San Antonio Symphony (January 2018 through July 2018) during a period of significant organizational change for the orchestra. She also served as the General Manager and Director of Orchestra Personnel with the San Antonio Symphony, as well as in a variety of operational roles with Goh Ballet in Vancouver, BC, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. She received her BFA in Trombone Performance and MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University.?
Launched in 2014, the Emerging Leaders Program is the newest chapter in the League’s history of developing orchestral leaders. Along with its previous iteration, the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Emerging Leaders Program has advanced the development of more than 200 alumni—now executive directors and senior executives of orchestras.
Additional League leadership and professional development programs have included the Executive Leadership Programs, Institutional Vision and Critical Issues programs, American Conducting Fellowship Program, and Essentials of Orchestra Management.
About the 2019-20 Emerging Leaders Program
The current cohort is comprised of orchestra executive directors, a professional orchestral musician, and managers in a cross-section of orchestra departments, including education and community engagement, development, marketing, personnel, public relations, operations, programming.
The participants were selected through a competitive application process; the League sought individuals who bring the imagination, drive, and commitment to grow as leaders in their own orchestras and serve as champions for the field.
A trio themes underpin the curriculum for this intensive program:
Fostering a Vibrant Orchestra – Understanding and assessing organizational culture and developing the foundational knowledge to be able to build a thriving and effective organization with a healthy, diverse, and inclusive culture.
Taking Responsibility for Personal Development – Building reflective practice as a means of increasing self-awareness and self-management in ways that sustain a career of increasing responsibility, influence, and professional growth in the orchestra field.
Leading with a Unified Vision – Developing a unifying strategic direction, working across traditional boundaries to bring people together in support of shared purpose.
The League’s Emerging Leaders Program is guided by renowned leadership expert John McCann as the lead faculty and facilitator. One-to-one leadership coaching is provided throughout the course by leadership development specialists Craig Coble and Mary Parish. Additional faculty—including Ama Codjoe, arts and social justice educator, and guest speakers from inside and outside the orchestra field—provide ELP participants with diverse perspectives and multifaceted learning experience.
The 2019-20 Emerging Leaders Program participants:
- Karina Bharne, Executive Director, Symphony Tacoma
- Robin Freeman, Director of Public Relations, San Francisco Symphony
- JT Kane, Dean of Visiting Faculty and Orchestra Manager, New World Symphony
- Giuliano Kornberg, Chief Development Officer, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
- Rachel Lappen, Senior Director of Development, The Cleveland Orchestra
- Monica Meyer, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations Virginia Symphony Orchestra
- Brian Prechtl, Percussion, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
- Andrew Roitstein, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
- Ignacio Barron Viela, Executive Director, Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
- Sarah Whitling, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
- Leah Wilson-Velasco, CEO, Walla Walla Symphony
- Michelle Zwi, Associate Personnel Manager, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Visit the League of American Orchestra’s website for more information about the Emerging Leaders program.
The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.Print This Post