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Maestro Rules #21: Don’t Call Your Concertmaster “A Sweetie”

There’s a fascinating article by Katharine Biele in the 11/11/2015 edition of the Salt Lake City Weekly that examines a string of key musician dismissals and demotions alongside a general uptick in musician attrition at the Utah Symphony since current music director, Thierry Fischer, arrived in 2009. At 4600 words, the article is decidedly exhaustive but it is also well researched and includes a host of quotes from key figures in the institution. The article covers a number of musician situations but focuses primarily on Fischer’s decision and related process to demote […]

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2012 Website Reviews

2012 Orchestra Website (mini) Review: Responsive Roundup

The Annual Orchestra Website Review examines more than 80 professional orchestras in the United States and Canada and rank them by a detailed series of quantitative criteria but due to Orchestra Crisis 2012/13 (details here) we had to postpone and scale back the reviews. As it turns out, the delay was fortuitous in that it set the stage for ideal timing to focus the review efforts exclusively on what is easily one of the most important design standards for performing arts organization website to date: responsive design. Specifically, we’re going to see which orchestras […]

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Utah Symphony appoints Thierry Fischer as music director.

It Looks Like Utah Has A New Music Director

While conducting the 2009 Orchestra Website Reviews evaluations, I stumbled across a page at the Utah Symphony website that indicates their new music director is Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer. Fischer is currently the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic. The official press release is available here and the music director webpage is located here. The orchestra will presumably make a public announcement later this afternoon. (more…)

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