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Time To Rebuild The Negotiation Process Timeline

One of the footnotes in yesterday’s article pointed to a reference post from 2004 that chronicled the historic timeline of orchestra musician self-representation. It provides a decade by decade overview beginning with the 1950s through the most recent decade at the time the article was written, the 2000s. Nonetheless, thanks to the not-so-subtle prodding from a […]

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Equal Work For Equal Pay: An Orchestra Musician Third Rail Topic

One of the most common tasks in my consulting work with boards and administrators is adjusting preconceived notions about the musicians union. One of the reasons misconceptions are so common is the musicians’ unique level of self-determination and direct representation is in stark contrast to most other labor unions. A Fascinating History Beginning in the […]

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What Does A Concerto Taste Like?

Usually, stories that begin with “well, we were drinking…” turn out to have something other than a happy ending but a recent article published by Holly Mulcahy on 2/11/2015 at Neo Classical proves to be an exception to the rule. Mulcahy has been chronicling a series of events leading up to her upcoming performance of Jennifer […]

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How To Calculate The Value Of A Volunteer

Joe Patti published an entirely useful post at ArtsHacker on 2/11/2015 that provides wonderfully useful resources for calculating the value of volunteer time and using those figures, he walks you through some straightforward calculations that illustrate just how much volunteers, from board members through ushers, add to an organization’s bottom line. If you have 25 […]

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So What’s The Real Story With Gilbert’s Exodus?

Ever since the surprise announcement, the field has been abuzz with punditry and speculation about why New York Philharmonic (NYP) music director Alan Gilbert is leaving his position after such a comparatively short age to tenure ratio and amidst a turbulent period in the organization’s evolution via the hall formerly known As Avery Fisher renovation. […]

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Best Classical Music Blog?

Forte, a sheet music notation software company, has decided to hold a “Best Classical Music Website” contest through March 1, 2015 and the winning outlet will apparently be awarded with 3 licenses of their Forte6 (one each of Home, Basic, and Pro versions) software to be given to readers who participated in the contest poll. […]

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Quality Is Still King And Yes, People Know The Difference

There’s an intriguing article in the 1/28/2015 edition of the Chicago Tribune by Chris Jones (h/t You’ve Cott Mail) that examines the resurgence of suburban theater in the greater Chicago area. Among the reasons Jones’ lists for their recovery is a new dedication to quality, such as reversing trends toward using synthesized or recorded music […]

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