Diving Head First Into Union Politics

Although this blog is designed to focus on issues related to orchestra management, every now and then it takes a road less traveled. Today, we’re taking a sharp left onto the side streets of internal politics within the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the union which represents the majority of professional orchestra musicians… This week witnessed the 97th AFM convention and events from this year’s conference will have a significant impact …

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A Silver Lining Has To Begin Somewhere

With all this talk about diminishing classical music coverage in traditional media outlets, I think it is appropriate to mention that new forums of discourse seem to be popping up all the time… For example, there is an excellent blog that gives you some first hand insight into being an orchestral musician. Michael Hovnanian’s CSO Bass Blog offers a refreshing, and unedited, look into the inner workings of a Big 5 …

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Answering Some Questions About The Seattle Articles

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The articles about the International Guild of Symphony, Opera, & Ballet Musicians (IGSOBM), the Seattle based musicians’ union, generated some good questions from readers this week. One question came from an orchestra patron in Oregon: “Why did the [Seattle Symphony] musicians leave the AFM in the first place?” The answer to this question is rather involved. The simple answer is the Seattle Symphony players’ association was not seeing eye-to-eye with their …

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Seattle (But Were Afraid To Ask) Part 2

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Part 1 from this series examined what the International Guild of Symphony, Opera, & Ballet Musicians (IGSOBM) is and how it is structured. In this installment, we’ll begin to explore how individual chapters within The Guild (simultaneously referred to as IGSOBM by its members) determine the best methods to function as medium for collective representation. To begin with, we’ll examine the largest chapter represented by The Guild, the Seattle Symphony and …

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Seattle (But Were Afraid To Ask) Part 1

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This piece was originally intended for publication during the middle of 2005 but a variety of factors prevented its completion. Nevertheless, in light of recent events surrounding the contention resulting from Gerard Schwarz’s contract extension as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s music director, there’s no time like the present. From an organizational perspective the administration and board of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) function much the same way as their peers. They …

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