The Music Paradigm is set to be a part of the 2017 Bishop's Clergy Convocation at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. Photo provided

Music Paradigm to Bring Unique Experience to Clergy Convocation

December 5, 2016 | GNJ News

Conductor Roger Nierenberg will take his Music Paradigm, an elaborate show-and-tell executive learning class based heavily on role playing, to the 2017 Bishop’s Clergy Convocation at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch on January 23-25.

The Music Paradigm has been deemed an “unforgettable learning experience” for any type of organization where audience members are also participants seated within a live professional orchestra where they can observe highly trained musicians as they perform. The participants’ attention is drawn to fascinating and unexpected organizational dynamics within the orchestra’s riveting demonstration.

According to Nierenberg, an orchestra is “a great place to model organizational dysfunction.”

The Music Paradigm is an outgrowth of Nierenberg’s outreach efforts as music director of the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut from 1980 to 2004 and of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida from 1984 to 1998. In Jacksonville, the orchestra’s board members were invited to sit among the players during rehearsals in an attempt to inspire and energize them and in Stamford, children were encouraged to do the same with the hope of awakening their passion for music.

Since 1995, hundreds of corporations and organizations in 23 countries have engaged the Music Paradigm to mount sessions for their employees. This winter, clergy from GNJ will be among the participants engaging in this unique and inspiring experience.

Each Music Paradigm session is unscripted and authentic, uniquely customized to create a lasting impact and unforgettable memory. Prior to the event, Nierenberg seeks to understand what the business or organization wants to achieve with its meeting, retreat or conference; examining its goals, opportunities and challenges. Based on his conversations, he devises a series of interactive exercises for the orchestra that will bring the company or organization’s most important issues to life with “startling clarity.” The two-hour program is designed to invigorate participants with confidence and a renewed sense of purpose.

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman of The New York Times Company said in a review of the Music Paradigm that he had gone through many such exercises over the years “but never one as enjoyable and effective.”

Stuart Fletcher, President of Diageo International, commented on the “enormous impact” the experience had on his company’s attendees.

The 2017 Bishop’s Clergy Convocation invites clergy to a special time of renewal, learning and fellowship. The cost includes registration fee, workbook, two-night stay, and five meals. For more information and to register, visit: