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Keynote Speaker Roger Nierenberg
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Roger Nierenberg


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Summary of Roger Nierenberg

After a distinguished career at the helm of two American orchestras, Roger Nierenberg has emerged as a creative force for innovation in the presentation of symphonic music. He led the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida for 14 years and has guest conducted many of America's most distinguished orchestras and opera companies. Now, Nierenberg is the creator of the highly successful experiential learning event, The Music Paradigm, in which an orchestra is used as a metaphor for any dynamic organization. With participants seated among the musicians, Nierenberg leads a series of exercises that are carefully crafted to address the sponsoring organization's specific themes and issues. The Music Paradigm provides a creative framework for rethinking leadership style, philosophies, teamwork, and effectiveness. Nierenberg addresses these same issues in his recent book, Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening.

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Maestro Roger Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra. He was soon invited to conduct operas in two successive seasons at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York's Lincoln Center. Thereafter followed long, successful tenures as Music Director of both the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. Guest conducting invitations came from the National Symphony, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Detroit Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and many other great American orchestras. Abroad he hasrecorded with the London Philharmonicand conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.

During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, the seeds were planted that would lead Maestro Nierenberg to a startling departure from the conventional, through the unparalleled creation of The Music Paradigm. Through his experiences engaging with community businesses and civic leaders, he became curious about the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in times of rapid change. He quickly realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra. Thus was bornThe Music Paradigm, which has taken Mr. Nierenberg to the podium of over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations in twenty-three different countries. Many of the lessons learned on this journey are presented in his bookMaestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listeningwhich was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.

Roger Nierenberg makes his home in New York City and is married to Deborah Hoffman, who is the principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has two children, a son who is a professional pilot and a daughter who is studying French horn.

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The Music Paradigm

The Music Paradigm uses a symphony orchestra as a metaphor for any dynamic organization. Whether an organization is looking to raise its performance to a new level, or is undergoing a period of exceptional challenge or change such as a merger, a restructuring, new leadership, or rigorous change initiatives, The Music Paradigm can be customized to fit any group's objectives. During a session, the executives are seated among members of a professional orchestra. The conductor leads the musicians through a series of carefully crafted exercises that help illustrate key qualities and practices of high performing business teams—strategically designed to be in line with the needs and context of the executives in the room. The session is a high-impact learning experience, a powerful personal and team journey, and exciting instructional entertainment.

The themes and content that can be addressed in a session are limitless since each event is tailored around the sponsoring organization's circumstances. Some of the more common possible benefits include:

  • Reinforcement of key strategic messages
  • Examine and develop leadership skills and approaches
  • Build momentum for addressing critical issues through a shared experience
  • Clarify strategies that may seem vague or complex
  • Provide executives with a safe environment for rethinking their assumptions and behaviors

Each session provides a highly memorable group experience that generates fresh insights long after the meeting is over, and lessons that can become part of your organization's internal dialogue and culture.

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