Strings Festival

Modern times expect leaders in the arts to fulfill a variety of demanding roles – Artist. Motivator. Educator. Innovator. Community engager. Fundraiser. Influencer. Change-maker. Team builder.

June 19-21, 2023
Who should attend: For team members and organizational or administrative staff (e.g. Advancement, Marketing, Communications, Operations, Finance, Recruitment/Enrollment, Audience Engagement, and administrative associates) 
The Team Leadership Track may include sessions on topics such as effective management of yourself and others, establishing team norms, creating accountability, giving and receiving feedback, delegation, effective communication skills, managing up and across, and wellness.

Participants will enjoy:

  • Real-world case studies
  • Cohort-based learning and small-group discussions
  • Participant-led panel discussions 

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  • Registration: $1,000
    Group Discount: -$100 for additional members




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Program Objectives and Learning Goals

  • Gain knowledge of team dynamics and strategies for team development
  • Learn practical steps to create a more inclusive and equitable work culture
  • Establish methodologies for developing, executing, and evaluating a strategic plan
  • Be equipped with effective communication strategies
  • Navigate fiscal decision-making within the context of resource allocation and strategic considerations
  • Explore the characteristics of positive and effective leadership models
  • Develop a collective framework for skills and techniques to manage yourself and others
  • Establish connections and develop a network of peers from across the various arts discipline

Program Directors

Dr. Pamela PylePamela Pyle
Artistic Director, New Mexico Chamber Music Festival
Former President, University of New Mexico Faculty Senate

Dr. Richard WhiteRichard White
Bestselling author, I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
Founder, RawTuba Foundation

Dr. Kevin SandersKevin Sanders
Director, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
University of Memphis


Questions about the event?  Email artsummitstaff@memphis.edu
Questions about registration/payment?  Email michelle.parrish@memphis.edu