Roger Nierenberg is a celebrated, longtime conductor and the creator of “The Music Paradigm” a unique experiential learning event. Charismatic, inspirational and passionate about his art, he has worked with hundreds of major companies throughout the world inspiring them to new and higher levels of performance.
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.
Roger is the creator of the highly successful experiential learning event called “The Music Paradigm”. He has developed a unique program in which participating executives sit with the musicians in an orchestra, experiencing the important role an individual plays within the larger setting of the organization. Roger leads a series of exercises, carefully crafted to address the sponsoring organization’s specific issues. The executives experience the freedom to create within the framework set by the conductor as leader, learn about their individual roles and how individuals come together, working towards the same goal, to produce something magical. 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. Some of his clients have included: Association of Luxury Hotels, AstraZeneca, Aventis North America, Bank of America, BBC, Bell South, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cemex, Center for Creative Leadership, Chubb Insurance, Citibank, Clairol, Conference Board, Corning, Cushman & Wakefield, DaimlerChrysler, Deloitte Services LP, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, Fast Company, Freightliner LLC, HR.com, Human Resource Planning Society, Kellogg, Kodak, Linkage, Lockheed Martin, London Philharmonic, L’Oreal, Lucent Technologies, Master Foods, Mattel, Merck, New York Times, Northrop Grumman, Novo Nordisk, Pacific Bell, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Qualcomm, ReMax, Rockwell Automation, Sears, Society for Human Resource Management, Starbucks, Sun Life, UBS, Unilever, US West, Verizon, Watson Wyatt, WPP and many more.
For 14 years, Roger Nierenberg 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. Roger Nierenberg has guest conducted many of America’s most distinguished orchestras and opera companies, and has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals. His recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra can be found on Sony Classical Records. His collaborations with outstanding guest artists and composers have won high praise and have been successful.
Nierenberg’s “The Music Paradigm” sessions have also been 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.
Born in New York City in 1947, a graduate of Princeton University, Nierenberg received high honors in composition and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He holds graduate degrees in conducting from the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School, where he studied conducting with Sixten Ehrling and composition with Elie Siegmeister. In 1971 he received a conducting fellowship at the National Orchestra Association with Leon Barzin. He has served on the faculty of Queens College in New York and as the conductor of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, where he participated in special conducting seminars with Sir Georg Solti, James Levine and Zubin Metha. His published works are Fire, Flood and Olive Tree, an original composition for chorus, piano and percussion, and a concert band transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March.
Roger is a celebrated, longtime conductor who has worked with many of the world’s best orchestras. Roger has also worked with hundreds of major companies, government organizations, leading educational institutions, and global consulting firms throughout the world, helping them address: restructuring and reorganizing, cultural transformation, innovation and creativity, globalization, new leadership, merger and consolidation, cross-functional teamwork, new mission and strategy, and high performance.
- The Music Paradigm: Rethinking Leadership Style, Philosophies, and Effectiveness
- Hitting the Right Notes of Leadership
- Notes from the Orchestra Pit: Teamwork, Collaboration, and Communication