Leadership Music Defers Class of 2021 Due To COVID-19

Given the uncertainty of the next few months as the whole country and our city begins to slowly recover from the COVID-19 havoc, Leadership Music has elected to defer the Leadership Music program for the Class of 2021. They have also postponed the Class of 2020 Graduation to a later date.

A special Leadership Music committee will be formed expressly to plan events for alums to stay connected during the next 12 months, either in-person or online until things get back on track for 2021.

In a letter Executive Director Debbie Linn states: “The program is the core of Leadership Music, and the primary focus of the many things we do throughout the year. Many alums serving on the program day committees work hard and spend countless hours to ensure every program day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for each class. For the class, one of greatest benefits of the program is the shared experience and the connection and sense of community that develops as they spend time with one another. It is the glue that creates the special bond for each class. In the 32-year history of Leadership Music, we have canceled only one program day. Every year at this time, we are graduating the current class, selecting and announcing the new class, and in July beginning to plan the program for the incoming class. But given the uncertainty of the next several months, we determined that our ability to plan and deliver our trademark high-quality, off-the-charts program experience for the Class of 2021 would be at risk.

“For that reason, the Leadership Music Board of Directors decided to press pause and defer the program for the Class of 2021. We always say it is easier to move a mountain than a program day, so canceling an entire program year was certainly not an easy decision. But with the recommended social distancing and what is anticipated for the next few months, it is a decision the Board of Directors felt is in the best interest of the alums who plan the program and the future alums who experience it.”


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