League of American Orchestras Chairman Lowell J. Noteboom has announced the appointment of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra board member Angelo Fatta, along with five others, to the League's board of directors. The League board elected the six new board members, who will each serve three-year terms, during its annual meeting in June.
"The League is committed to providing strong leadership for orchestras in a time of dramatic change," Noteboom said. "We look forward to drawing on the expertise of this group of proven leaders who care deeply about sustaining and deepening the valuable role America's orchestras play in their communities."
Fatta is the current treasurer and former chair of the BPO's board of trustees, on which he has served since 2004. Fatta is also former chair of the board of trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation Inc., and is currently a trustee of the State University of New York. He was founder and CEO of ACTS Testing Labs, which he sold in 1998. He later became president of BuffLink, a not-for-profit facilitator of life sciences commercialization in Western New York. He and his wife, Carol, are founders of The Fatta Foundation, which supports the welfare and development of children in the Buffalo area.
Commenting on his appointment, Fatta said, "I am honored and eager to serve the League. It is very interesting to see the orchestra business on a national scale. I have the opportunity to learn what has worked and what hasn't in a variety of settings, for orchestras large and small. I am looking forward to gathering the best practices that orchestras around the country have created, and to bringing this knowledge back to the Buffalo Philharmonic."
Also appointed to the board were Burton Alter, president of the board of directors of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Jim Hasler, vice president/chair of the marketing and programs committees of East Bay Performing Arts, the parent company of the Oakland East Bay Symphony; John Hayes, a former member of the board of trustees of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for seven years, holding numerous positions on the board; James Mabie, a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and Robert A. Peiser, president of the Houston Symphony board of trustees.
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America's orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 850 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers and business partners.