NHSO President Elected to League of American Orchestras Board of Directors

Monday • July 23, 2012

League of American Orchestras Chair Lowell J. Noteboom has announced the appointment of NHSO Board President, Burton Alter, along with five others, to the League’s Board of Directors. The six new members, who will each serve three-year terms, were elected by the League board during its annual meeting in June.

”The League is committed to providing strong leadership for orchestras in a time of dramatic change,” said Noteboom. “We look forward to drawing on the expertise of this group of proven leaders who care deeply about sustaining and deepening the valuable role America’s orchestras play in their communities.”

Burton Alter, a retired attorney, has served on the Board of Directors of the NHSO for four years, and is currently President. He is also a trustee of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and was formerly board president of Neighborhood Music School in New Haven.

“The League of American Orchestras couldn’t have elected a better representative for regional orchestras,” said NHSO Executive Director Elaine C. Carroll. “Burton has been a tremendous advocate for classical music and arts education in the Greater New Haven area and nationally though his work with the Guild for Community Arts Education. He has a rare ability to build consensus and to engage volunteers in pursuing an artistic vision. The League is certain to benefit greatly from his expertise and passion.”

Also appointed to the board were Angelo Fatta, treasurer and former chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Jim Hasler, vice president/chair of the marketing and programs committees of East Bay Performing Arts, the parent company of the Oakland East Bay Symphony; John Hayes, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; James Mabie, a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and Robert A. Peiser, president of the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 850 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers 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 americanorchestras.org.