With an extensive career in arts management in both the theatre and orchestra industry, Lou Spisto knows first-hand that the country’s most successful orchestras are the ones that actively participate in their communities. Spisto has seen the inner workings of many successful orchestras and has established community engagement programs for the Pittsburgh, Detroit and Pacific Symphonies. According to the League of American Orchestras, among all U.S. orchestras, the most successful the ones were, and continue to be, those that find ways to engage with their local community. The League has done much to showcase the importance of community engagement and has done much to honor those orchestras that are doing great work in this area.
Even the greatest and most venerated orchestras in the country, with full touring schedules and major recordings, have found that the path to success includes a real relationship with the community outside the concert hall. Currently an independent theater producer and an arts management consultant for arts institutions, Lou Spisto continues to examine how orchestras can increase their relevancy through engaging with, and giving back to, the community. Read more