ThinkTank - Series 2
Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Learning from the Past, Learning for the Future

*Please note:  The International Conductors Guild reserves the right to change/modify session times and presenters.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 - All times are Eastern Standard Time.


11:00 am -


Welcome and Introduction



Dr. Julius P. Williams, President
International Conductors Guild

11:15 am - 

Session 1                                     

Conducting history: Learning from our past and the story of Charles Dean Dixon

In this session, author and conductor, Dr. Rufus Jones, Jr., and Dr. Aaron FlaggSecretary of the Board & Chair, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, League of American Orchestras, and Chair & Associate Director, Jazz Studies, The Juilliard School, will discuss the life and career of Maestro Dean Dixon and the realities Dixon faced in his professional career as an African American conductor in the mid 1900’s. Through the framework of the Dean Dixson story, we will examine the past in order to create a better future. 

Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad
(African American Cultural Theory and Heritage) -

Introduction by Dr. Rufus Jones, Jr.

Anti-Black Discrimination in American Orchestras
by Dr. Aaron Flagg


12:30 pm -

Lunch Break


1:00 pm -

Session 2

Developing New Ventures in the Arts  

In this session, we will introduce attendees to a series of frameworks adapted from the world of business. These tools are designed to help you identify, evaluate, and develop new ideas, and will empower you to lead your organization into the 21st- century.

With Dr. Michael Mauskapf, Assistant Professor of Management, Columbia Business School

2:00 pm - 


Postlude:  Conductor Connections
Connect with conductors from all over the world! Take this opportunity to say hello to friends or to find and make new friendships in the conducting community. 


Special thanks to our 2021 ICG Virtual Conference Sponsors!