Meeting Old Friends For The First Time

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There’s nothing quite as pleasant as connecting with someone you’ve been friends with for 15 years and enjoying a long dinner of talking shop. An even bigger thrill is when it’s the first time you’ve met face to face. That was exactly the case last night when I finally enjoyed meeting Lisa Hirsch in person. Regular readers will recognize her name as it pops up here on a regular basis thanks …

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#TBT Work Stoppage Basics

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Every time a work stoppage rolls around and lasts for more than a few weeks, it is common to see some typical questions arise. To that end, today’s #TBT includes some articles I’ve written over the years that cover some of these topics. Here’s one that continues to be one of the most visited articles at the blog. Understanding The Difference Between A Strike And A Lockout While a contract expiration …

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More, And Longer, Cancellations In Chicago

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On Monday, 3/25/2019, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) released a statement that it was cancelling a week’s worth of concerts and events through April 2, 2019. Ticket holders received notifications of the cancellations and their options for what to do with the now obsolete tickets: Exchange your tickets into the same or similar seating section for other concerts in the current season, for no additional charge. Return your tickets and …

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Substitute Parity At ICSOM Orchestras 2019

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In 2014, we took a deep dive into which International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) symphonic orchestras paid substitute musicians the same rate as core musicians and in the wake of a recent conversation with ICSOM chairperson Meredith Snow and ICSOM President Paul Austin, it’s time to update that list. My thanks to Paul Austin for spearheading this effort and providing ICSOM’s list of changes. As with most comparative …

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Non Divisi Is Back!

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I am all kinds of happy to see Frank Almond is back up and running with his non divisi blog. He published the first new post-hiatus article on March 21, 2019 and it touches on a topic that deserves as much attention as possible: improving the academic landscape for emerging musicians. Basics Be sure to sign up for Frank’s new email subscription as well (even if you were subscribed to the …

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