I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the 2012 Conductors Guild Conference yesterday, the What Executive Directors are Looking for in a Music Director session went well; the moderator did a terrific job at keeping the discussion engaged and the attendees were full of questions at the end.
The only issue was the lack of wireless and spotty cell reception inside Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall; it made tweeting all but impossible. Granted, kudos to Roosevelt for providing free wireless but it only reached as far as the first three rows of seats past the entrance of the hall. Consequently, any sort of productive tweeting was out of the question and that’s a real shame since conferences are becoming increasingly defined by the quality of live and followup Twitter discussions.
For example, the National Arts Marketing Project conference I participated in back in November, 2011 made Tweeting a central component of the conference and individual sessions. They even published a “50 Winning Tweets” post about the efforts which provides a terrific overview of the conference (although fair warning, the Tweet slideshow is not compatible with iPhone/iPads).
But back to the Conductors Guild Conference, I’m bummed that some last minute changes to my work schedule mean that I’m going to miss out on today’s events; I was looking forward to hearing Deborah Rutter’s keynote address, “The State of Orchestras Today.”
But I’m sure that the conference will continue to be a success and I’ll see about posting an overview of yesterday’s session sometime next week.