The Latest Adaptistration Publication

The latest in the series of Adaptistration publications is now available; The Adaptistration Orchestra Website Review: 2004 & 2005 Report. It contains everything you’ve wanted to know about the Orchestra Website Review that wasn’t published online…

Spiral bound for convenience, the report contains 126 pages of feature after feature covering everything from in-depth descriptions of the evaluation criteria and grading formula as well as detailed grades for all 23 subcategories for every orchestra reviewed. This report will serve as an invaluable resource for any size orchestra looking to redesign or improve their current website and even for those who only want to fine tune an already excellent website into something even better.

To give you a clearer idea of what the report contains, here’s a copy of the Table of Contents:

I. INTRODUCTION – 1 –
II. GRADING SYSTEM – 2 –
III. CRITERIA EXPLAINED – 3 –

Category 1: Performance Schedule – 3 –
Category 2: Purchasing Tickets – 3 –
Category 3: Orchestra Information – 5 –
Category 4: Making Donations – 6 –
Category 5: Content & Functionality – 7 –

IV. CHANGES BETWEEN 2004 & 2005 – 9 –
V. 2004 & 2005 RANKINGS – 10 –
VI. 2004 & 2005 DETAILED RATINGS – ICSOM ENSEMBLES – 14 –

Alabama Symphony – 14 –
Atlanta Symphony – 15 –
Baltimore Symphony – 16 –
Boston Symphony – 17 –
Buffalo Philharmonic – 18 –
Charlotte Symphony – 19 –
Chicago Symphony – 20 –
Cincinnati Symphony – 21 –
Cleveland Orchestra – 22 –
Colorado Symphony – 23 –
Columbus Symphony – 24 –
Dallas Symphony – 25 –
Detroit Symphony – 26 –
Florida Orchestra – 27 –
Fort Worth Symphony- 28 –
Honolulu Symphony – 29 –
Houston Symphony – 30 –
Indianapolis Symphony- 31 –
Jacksonville Symphony – 32 –
Kansas City Symphony – 33 –
Los Angeles Philharmonic – 34 –
Louisville Orchestra – 35 –
Milwaukee Symphony – 36 –
Minnesota Orchestra – 37 –
Naples Philharmonic – 38 –
Nashville Symphony – 39 –
National Symphony – 40 –
New Jersey Symphony – 41 –
New York Philharmonic – 42 –
North Carolina Symphony – 43 –
Oregon Symphony – 44 –
Philadelphia Orchestra – 45 –
Phoenix Symphony – 46 –
Pittsburgh Symphony – 47 –
Rochester Philharmonic – 48 –
Saint Louis Symphony – 49 –
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – 50 –
San Antonio Symphony – 51 –
San Diego Symphony – 52 –
San Francisco Symphony – 53 –
Seattle Symphony – 54 –
Syracuse Symphony – 55 –
Utah Symphony & Opera – 56 –
Virginia Symphony – 57 –

VII. 2004 & 2005 DETAILED RATINGS – ROPA ENSEMBLES – 58 –

Akron Symphony – 58 –
Austin Symphony – 59 –
California Symphony – 60 –
Canton Symphony – 61 –
Charleston Symphony – 62 –
Chattanooga Symphony – 63 –
Colorado Springs Philharmonic – 64 –
Dayton Philharmonic – 65 –
Delaware Symphony – 66 –
Elgin Symphony – 67 –
Erie Philharmonic – 68 –
Fort Wayne Philharmonic – 69 –
Grand Rapids Symphony – 70 –
Harrisburg Symphony – 71 –
Hartford Symphony – 72 –
Kalamazoo Symphony – 73 –
Knoxville Symphony – 74 –
Las Vegas Philharmonic – 75 –
Long Beach Symphony – 76 –
L.A. Chamber Orchestra – 77 –
Memphis Symphony – 78 –
Mississippi Symphony – 79 –
New Mexico Symphony – 80 –
Omaha Symphony – 81 –
Orchestra of St. Luke’s – 82 –
Pacific Symphony – 83 –
Rhode Island Philharmonic – 84 –
Richmond Symphony – 85 –
Santa Rosa Symphony – 86 –
Shreveport Symphony – 87 –
South Bend Symphony – 88 –
Spokane Symphony – 89 –
Toledo Symphony – 90 –
Tucson Symphony – 91 –
West Virginia Symphony – 92 –
Wichita Symphony – 93 –

VIII. 2004 & 2005 STATISTICAL COMPARISONS – 94 –

Comparisons By Subcategory – 94 –
Comparisons by Conference – 95 –
Comparisons Between the “Big Seven” and the Overall Average – 95 –
Comparisons Between the Distribution of Grades – 96 –

IX. 2004 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS – 97 –
X. 2005 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS – 99 –
XI. THE BEST & THE WORST OF THE 2005 ORCHESTRA WEBSITE REVIEW – 103 –
XII. THE BEST ORCHESTRA WEBSITE FOR 2004 IS IN CHICAGO – 107 –
XIII. THE BEST ORCHESTRA WEBSITE FOR 2005 IS IN CHICAGO – 108 –
XIV. 2005 ORCHESTRA WEBSITE REVIEW TRENDS – 111 –

Regardless if you’re an orchestra professional or a fascinated patron, The Adaptistration Orchestra Website Review: 2004 & 2005 Report will serve as an invaluable reference source.

 

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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