Archive | August, 2013


Minnesota Proposes A Trap Door Agreement

The Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) issued a statement on 8/29/13 to announce they had submitted a revised contract proposal to the musicians, who have been locked out for all of the 2012/13 season. The offer comes outside the auspices of the mutually agreed upon mediator, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, and is more of a backdoor attempt to impose an agreement rather than a good faith effort to reach a mutually agreeable contract. Mitchell’s previous attempts to get both sides talking while simultaneously getting the 2013/14 season underway involved a two-tier timeline […]

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Nashville Settles Without A Work Stoppage

On 8/28/2013, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) issued a joint statement with the Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257 announcing that the NSO’s musicians ratified a one year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The only detail known at this point in time is the agreement contains a 15 percent reduction in musician base pay. The cut adjusts that pay from $60,000 to $51,000 but it is unknown yet if there are any additional changes to benefits, work rules, or other CBA clauses. The 8/28/2013 edition of The Tennessean published an article by Walter F. […]

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Philip Kennicott Wrote Something You Need To Read

Philip Kennicott would like to have a word with you about the state of orchestras; more to the point, he’d like to have close to 4,000 words. Think of it as an orchestral version of The Ninety-Five Theses but replace indulgences with what is perhaps best summarized as new model artistic planning and you’ll start to get the picture. Published in the 8/25/2013 edition of, Kennicott, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize award winner for criticism, adopts a non-apologetic approach toward bedrock issues related to the current orchestra (identity?) crisis. I’m not going to […]

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Get Pumped Up Over Flat Design

On 7/23/2013, Adaptistration published an article about “Authentic Design,” which examined the growing design shift away from skeuomorphic and stylistic excesses (such as using realistic page turn effects for digital pages) in favor of what is colloquially known as flat design. Since then, I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate flat design into Adaptistration then measure the resulting impact and I’m pleased to say that the recent round of efforts have been producing positive results. The changes were put into place over the course of several days from 8/12/13 through 8/23/13 […]

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Disingenuous MOA

There’s been a substantial amount of online discussion about the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) Domaingate debacle since Emily E. Hogstad made it public on 8/21/2013. In the wake of that realization, the MOA has provided some rationale behind purchasing 13 domain names associated with typical audience support efforts during labor disputes, but it raises more questions than answers. The 8/22/2013 edition of quotes MOA Director of PR, Gwen Pappas, confirming that the organization purchased the domain names in advance of the lockout as part of a larger strategy (emphasis added). The […]

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