Essay: Which US Orchestras Will Survive?

International Arts Manager

The big US orchestras will survive the present economic crisis. So too will the small ones. But what of those orchestras with big ambitions but few resources? How does one determine whether a community has the capacity to sustain a major orchestra? According to Dr. Thomas Wolf’s analysis of the US orchestra market, some characteristics may include:

Graph of orchestras
  • International city
  • Large audience base
  • Age and tradition
  • Musical center
  • Inherited wealth
  • Corporate headquarters
  • Patterns of institutionalization
  • Competition
  • Venue

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