Conductor and Creator of The Music Paradigm. Former Director of The Jacksonville Symphony and The Stamford Symphony

Roger Nierenberg

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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.

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. For 14 years, he led the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida, where he succeeded in building one of the great concert halls in America. The pinnacle of his time in Jacksonville was the orchestra’s appearance in the Carnegie Hall Festival of American Orchestras. During his lengthy tenure with the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut, the orchestra developed a reputation as one of the finest in New England. Nierenberg has guest conducted many of America’s most distinguished orchestras and opera companies including the Detroit Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony, and has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals including the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Dallas Opera. Abroad his many credits include having conducted the final concert at the Prague Spring Festival and at the Beijing Festival, and touring with the London Mozart Players.

His recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra can be found on Sony Classical Records and his recent book Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening is published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Books, USA. It is available in a number of languages, including an e-book version, and was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.

Nierenberg is the creator of the highly successful experiential learning event, called 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, 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. Since its inception in 1995, The MUSIC PARADIGM sessions have been held for hundreds of major companies, government organizations, leading educational institutions, and global consulting firms throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Latin America with over 90 different orchestras. It has been the subject of reports on ABC, CBS, CNN, and PBS and was the sole feature of an hour-long broadcast of the BBC’s Money Programme.

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  • The Music Paradigm

    The Music Paradigm creates a learning environment that animates messages, turns audience into active participants, and doesn't just describe possible outcomes, but demonstrates results in a tangible way.

    Created by Roger Nierenberg, 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.

    The Music Paradigm is a one-of-a-kind, meeting "event" that has helped hundreds of major companies, leading financial institutions, and global consulting firms achieve the outcomes desired from their important meetings. With a symphony orchestra presented as a metaphor for an organization, this original and incredibly effective learning experience can help you and your organization achieve the results you want.

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