The Airlines Strike Back

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Apparently, it doesn’t matter how many laws are passed, orchestra musicians are going to get hassled over bringing instruments on board as carry-on baggage. The latest incident involved British Airways and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), or at least three of its musicians. The 9/6/2015 edition of The Boston Globe published an article about a run-in with British Airways gate agents on a full flight and the size of Principal Trombone …

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There’s A Lot That Goes Into Making It Look Easy

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Coordination in six easy steps; at least, according to Chattanooga Symphony & Opera concertmaster Holly Mulcahy, that’s how many it takes to get the string section bowings sorted out and ready for prime time. Mulcahy recently published an article at her blog, Neo Classical, describing how the process works and it’s already racked up several hundred shares as well as Norman Lebrecht calling it out at Slippedisc.com saying “I don’t think …

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Happy Labor Day!

Take a moment to treat yourself today and get to learn about ins and outs of orchestra management from a humorous perspective by binge-reading all 157 episodes of  Who’s Minding The Score?, a satirical cartoon that provides a behind the scenes look orchestra life. It’s the ideal way to spend some of your Labor Day, really, just take a look at some of these characters…

It’s Better To Be Busy Than Bored

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The last few weeks have been busy. Extraordinarily. Busy. While that’s certainly no reason to complain yet it does prevent spending as much time feeding the blogging monster as I prefer. Nonetheless, much of the latest round of work is close to being wrapped up so in addition to some overscale negotiations, an institutional due diligence project, prepping for the #ClickCLickDone session at @NAMPC 2015 with  Ceci Dadismanand Marc van Bree, and various …

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Would Full Time Composition Departments Revitalize Orchestras?

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Mark MacNamara published an interesting interview with Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams in the 8/26/15 edition of San Francisco Classical Voice where the conductor advocated for a full time composition staff within existing Us orchestra organizational structure. “All major arts organizations should not only have musicians on staff but there should also be a department of composition; people who are composing for the moment…Just imagine the difference if symphonies provided …

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