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Roger Nierenberg

Conductor / Symphonic Music Presenter


After a distinguished career at the helm of two American orchestras, Roger Nierenberg is now emerging 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, and in securing a prestigious invitation to the Carnegie Hall Series of Great Visiting Orchestras. During his lengthy tenure with the Stamford Symphony, he helped the orchestra develop a reputation as one of the finest in New England. Nierenberg has guest conducted many of America's most distinguished orchestras and opera companies, has performed at some of the world's most prestigious music festivals, and has recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Sony Classical Records. His collaborations with outstanding guest artists and composers have won high praise and have been successful.

Nierenberg has also created the unique experiential learning event called “The Music Paradigm,” in which an orchestra is used as a metaphor for any dynamic organization. With executives seated among musicians, Nierenberg leads a series of exercises, carefully crafted to address the sponsoring organization's specific issues. It provides a creative framework for rethinking leadership style, philosophies, and effectiveness.

Since its inception in 1995, Nierenberg has conducted “The Music Paradigm” sessions for many major companies, leading financial institutions, and global consulting firms through the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. 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.

Nierenberg’s “The Music Paradigm” sessions were also the inspiration for his book, Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading By Listening, a parable about a rising executive tough challenges. The book teaches the importance of empowering individuals, listening, and a clear organizational vision.


The Music Paradigm: Rethinking Leadership Style, Philosophies & Effectiveness

Roger Nierenberg's The Music Paradigm is a groundbreaking, experiential learning event that uses a live orchestra to help individuals and businesses gain fresh, useful insights into organizational behavior, leadership, and teamwork. It uses the symphony orchestra as a metaphor for any dynamic organization, particularly during a time of challenge or change

The Maestro Paradigm: How to Lead by Listening

As creator of The Music Paradigm, renowned conductor Roger Nierenberg has shown thousands of people how to "lead by listening," improve teamwork, and draw out any organization's full potential. Now, in Maestro—a presentation based on his compelling leadership book—Nierenberg draws on his real-life experiences to tell the story of a struggling executive who finds an unlikely source of wisdom and inspiration: the interplay between a symphony orchestra and its conductor. Audiences will learn:

  • A maestro doesn't micromanage. Instead of demanding mindless obedience, he communicates a larger vision, inviting people to draw on the full range of their talents.
  • A maestro enables people to feel ownership of the whole piece, not just their individual parts.
  • A maestro leads by listening. When people sense an open and receptive ear, they offer more of their full potential. If not, they get defensive and hold back on their best ideas.

Hitting the Right Notes of Leadership

Notes from the Orchestra Pit: Teamwork, Collaboration, and Communication

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