Scholarships Recognize Five Touring Orchestras' Contributions as U.S. Performing "Arts Ambassadors Abroad"

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Corporation for International Business continues it's support of the American symphony orchestra industry by instituting an annual scholarship for League of American Orchestra members. The new Carnets "Play the World" scholarships are awarded to orchestras who tour internationally.

Five League of American Orchestra (LOAO) members were awarded 2010 annual conference scholarships by Corporation for International Business. The Carnets “Play the World” scholarships were awarded to professional and youth orchestras that promote American orchestras through their international tours. The recipient orchestras were: El Camino Youth Orchestra of Palo Alto, CA, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. To emphasize the importance of professional education for orchestra operations managers, the awards were directed to Executive Directors and Directors of Operations. Each award covered virtually the entire cost of registration fees or travel expenses, averaging $500 per scholarship recipient, for this year’s conference in Atlanta, June 15th – 18th.

The recipients included: Christine Burgener, Assistant Director of Operations, Milwaukee Symphony; Heather Stengle, Director of Operations, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Ahmad Mayes, Director of Operations & Artistic Administration, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio; Lisa Dixon, Chief Operating Officer, Memphis Symphony Orchestra; and Cathy Spieth, Executive Director, El Camino Youth Orchestra. Three of the five are first time attendees to a League of American Orchestras annual conference.

Scholarship recipients appreciated the monetary award since, in most cases; they would not have been able to attend this year due to budget constraints. Upon receiving her scholarship, Milwaukee Symphony’s Chris Burgener wrote, “I am very grateful for this opportunity, and excited to be attending the conference this year!” Heather Stengle of the Cincinnati Symphony responded, “Thank you again for the enormous opportunity!”

Corporation for International Business (CIB) provides ATA Carnet services to U.S. and Canadian performing arts organizations traveling abroad. CIB provides ATA Carnets to professional, regional, youth and university orchestras and bands enabling them to tour to 70 member countries without paying duties or taxes when clearing customs.

CIB is an appointed Service Provider of the United States Council for International Business and issues over 5000 ATA Carnets annually to U.S. non-profit and for-profit organizations. For more information about Corporation for International Business visit, or contact Leslie Levy August at (847) 852-3103.

Corporation for International Business, Harris Bank Building, 325 N. Hough Street, 2nd FL, Barrington, IL 60010. Web:, Phone: 847-852-3100, Email: Info(at)ATACarnet(dot)com.


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