L-R Brett Kelly, Julian Langdon, Harold Mitchell AC, Joy Selby Smith, Elias Constantopedos and Markus Stenz, following announcement of the Joy Selby Smith Orchestral Leadership Chair at our Act III Closing Party on 22 August

L-R Brett Kelly, Julian Langdon, Harold Mitchell AC, Joy Selby Smith, Elias Constantopedos and Markus Stenz, following announcement of the Joy Selby Smith Orchestral Leadership Chair at our Act III Closing Party on 22 August

Announcing the Joy Selby Smith Orchestral Leadership Chair

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At the heart of all performing companies is a strong group of individual artists, and the MSO is no exception. As professionals at the top of their game, its musicians create a flawless team, harnessing the power of every individual’s potential to take their passion for music further, with every rehearsal, every performance.

Now, through the foresight and generous support of Joy Selby Smith, the MSO has introduced a unique Orchestral Leadership Program focussed on what it takes to make this team.

With a range of in-depth workshops, activities and individual coaching, this program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of Section Principals – skills which are vital to successfully lead a talented, dynamic and diverse group of individuals. Through the Leadership Program, the MSO aims to be the best possible orchestra for its audiences. “I have had a long connection with music and it has become a central part of my life. For me, symphonic music in particular, is life- enhancing. It delights, it challenges, it consoles. It temporarily removes us from our day to day concerns and arouses our emotions. It gives order to our human experience,” said Joy.

“I am passionate about live performance and identify strongly with my home orchestra – the MSO. I am interested in how they go about their business. I know from listening to orchestras around the world that the MSO is good and I come home from many concerts feeling uplifted. I want the MSO to achieve even greater heights, and by supporting the MSO Leadership Program I am confident that I can make a sound social investment in my passion.”

The Joy Selby Smith Orchestral Leadership Chair recognises Joy’s inspirational pledge of support for this landmark artist development program, which is being implemented progressively from 2012. This first stage has seen percussion, string, woodwind and brass Section Principals taking part in a structured training program facilitated by Dr Tim Baker, Director of Winners At Work.

“An orchestra’s Section Principals are crucial on-stage leaders – they not only need to deliver an amazing performance themselves; they inspire and provide artistic direction, motivating every member of their section to deliver their best. We are delighted that Joy’s gift, and her commitment, is enhancing the MSO’s abilities in this specialised direction”, said Cameron Mowat, the MSO’s Director of Development.

Find out more about giving support to the MSO at our Support Us page or call a member of the MSO Development team on (03) 9626 1111.