Cleveland Orchestra Announces Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The 8/16/18 edition of The Plain Dealer published an article by Zachary Lewis that reports on details surround the Cleveland Orchestra’s (CO) investigation into issues surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct against concertmaster William Preucil. The CO formally suspended Preucil on 7/27/2018 in the wake of a Washington Post article that included an account of the allegations levied by violinist Zeneba Bowers. According to a CO statement, the investigation will “investigate Mr. …

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Some Thoughts On The Washington Post Sexual Misconduct and Assault Article

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Note: this post was originally published as an essay on my Facebook wall while I was away on hiatus. This is an updated version. In the wake of the Washington Post’s 7/26/18 article that reports allegations of sexual assault against Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, there has been no shortage of online discussion. Given how small this business is, the bulk of those conversations run emotionally hot. Simply put, it’s difficult …

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That’s Right, Miami Still Doesn’t Have A Resident Living Wage Orchestra

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In the same year Adaptistration was launched, the Florida Philharmonic ceased to exist and not long after its dissolution, the Cleveland Orchestra started their Miami residency program. At the time, one of the talking points from Cleveland’s leadership pushing back against the notion they were nothing more than an opportunistic cultural carpetbagger was the residency would serve as a catalyst for forming a new year-round professional orchestra. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was …

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Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2018

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It’s time to revisit base musician compensation levels at the top eight highest paying orchestras. For a number of these orchestras, the 2017/18 season marks the end of their existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and they have yet to ratify a new contract. In each of those instances, the outcomes will have a large impact on what many orchestra musicians consider their organization’s ability to compete for the best on-stage talent. …

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An Updated Look At Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2016

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Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations will likely have a larger impact on their future competitiveness than some of the upcoming negotiations for their peers. In order to visualize these distinctions, here’s a chart illustrating the current …

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