Work History

Work History
Jan 1995 - Present


Seifter Associates


Sep 1972 - May 1976


Brandeis University


Harvey Seifter, a leading authority on creativity in business and a strong proponent of the applied value of arts-based learning, applies his unique thinking and talents at Seifter Associates, a company he founded in 1995. At Seifter Associates, he has worked with clients from myriad fields on fostering innovation to develop better leaders and better brands.In addition to working in organizational creativity, Seifter, a classically trained musician, was Chief Executive Officer of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world that operates without a conductor. During his tenure, the orchestra garnered five Grammy Awards, performed at many of Europe’s most famous concert halls, and collaborated with renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, James Galway, Branford Marsalis, and Renee Fleming. Inspired by the collaborative leadership of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seifter authored a book entitled Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra. In this work, he documents the orchestra’s unique organizational structure and reinterprets this as a strategy for businesses to promote creativity and productivity in employees.Earlier this year, Harvey Seifter was awarded a grant of more than $2.6 million by the National Science Foundation to fund The Art of Science Learning, a project that uses an arts-based approach to foster innovation in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) fields. Seifter’s work on this initiative has been documented in numerous publications. An article from the Huffington Post highlighting the relationship between creativity and innovation that Seifter has supported throughout his career can be found here: Seifter himself has also written on this topic in the Fall 2012 issue of the quarterly journal Leader to Leader. His article is entitled “Closing the Innovation Gap: How the Arts are Becoming the New Competitive Advantage.”


Classical music, theater