On the positive side, the average score for 2006 was 60.23, which is an increase over last year’s average score of 58.93…
Remember, the websites were not examined on the subjective basis of color schemes, graphics, or other aesthetic qualities except in cases where those elements interfered with functionality. For a comprehensive list of evaluation criteria, please click here.
Here’s how they stacked up:
Naturally, the biggest change for 2006 is the Nashville Symphony’s climb to first place, this is the first year that coveted spot was won by someone other than a big budget organization. Likewise, significant gains were made by five other ensembles covering the gambit from small to mid size budget organizations; such as Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony.
Once again, these accomplishments demonstrate budget size isn’t as much of an influence on an orchestra’s ability to implement significant improvements to their website as conventional wisdom may dictate.
3 thoughts on “2006 Orchestra Website Review: Overall Rankings”
Thanks, Drew, for doing these rankings. They are very helpful. I appreciate your advocacy for functionality and accessibility over slick graphics and color schemes.
The information you have conveyed in the rankings in the past has been immediately useful to us in making improvements to our site and I am sure that will be true this year as well.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Thank you so much for this review that not only forces us to take a closer look at what we’re doing but to constantly strive to make improvements to our website that are useful for the visitors. The Honolulu Symphony is going to post all the musician photos on the site with a link to their bios that are already listed on their musician-maintained site – http://www.honolulusymphonymusicians.org/. It is our plan to also create a forum hosted by musicians, encouraging visitors to correspond with the musicians individually and use it as a resource for educational purposes. We are also posting streaming video interviews with musicians giving insights into upcoming performances and their favorite picks of the season. We’ve found that interaction with the musicians is what the people really want!
If you expand your rankings to 100 orchestras next year, we’d love to be included!
Eugene Symphony (OR)