International Musician

Monthly journal providing news and information for professional musicians. Includes legislation updates and audition notices.

Articles from Vol. 107, No. 8, August

AFM Endorses Trumka Team for AFL-CIO Election
I am pleased to inform you that on July 23 the AFM International Executive Board (IEB) endorsed Richard Trumka, Arlene Holt Baker, and Liz Shuler for President, Executive Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively, in the AFL-CIO election...
AFM Meets G.I. Joe: Musicians Record Score to New Video Game
Continuing the trend of growth for AFM orchestral musicians in the video game arena, Skywalker Symphony Orchestra has recently recorded the score for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which will be released August 4.Composers Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan...
AFM Works for Healthcare Reform
The American Federation of Musicians is working with the AFL-CIO to achieve comprehensive healthcare reform. Organized labor meets regularly with congressional leaders and executive branch officials in order to share the views of working people on this...
A Look at Both Sides of the Audition Process
All orchestral audition candidates are looking for the same thing in the audition circuit: a fair chance to compete for a symphonic position, and to be treated as a professional in the process. On the other side of the process, audition committee members...
An Outline of the Symphony-Opera Strike Fund
As this is the symphonic issue of the International Musician, this month my column concerns a timely topic, the Strike Fund. We recently revised the Symphony-Opera Strike Fund Manual and part of the manual is below, while the entire manual is available...
Canadian Instrumentalist Set to Perform One-Woman Show
A multi-talented instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and arranger, Anne Lindsay Local 149 (Toronto, ON) has built her life around music to become one of Canada's most sought-after artists. She is a versatile musician who sings and plays a number of...
Celtic Player Puts Modern Twist on Bagpiping
"I started taking piano lessons at about eight years old, like every other kid," says Peter Purvis of Local 304 (Brockville, ON). But Purvis diversified. Now 28, he's a professional bagpiper traveling the world with the international-famed celtic band,...
Clarinetist Stanley Drucker: Ends 60-Year Career at the New York Philharmonic on a High Note
Six-Decade GigOn June 4th, 2009, Stanley Drucker of Local 802 (New York City) set the Guinness World Record for "Longest Career as a Clarinetist." His professional career was officially measured at 62 years, seven months, and one day.Sixty of those years...
Concessionary Bargaining Tips
If and when a request to reopen your bargaining agreement arrives:1) Do not agree to reopen. Rather have the local union give a formal response. Decline the request, but offer to meet and discuss the problems the organization may be facing, which precipitated...
Cool Tools
TAKE IT OUTDOORSBy popular demand, Grover Pro Percussion now offers concert tambourines with synthetic heads. Resistant to heat, humidity, and even water, the Remo Renaissance heads will stay taut under almost any summer weather conditions. Sonically,...
David vs. Goliath
A curious and wonderful thing happened just a couple of weeks ago. Dave Carroll of Local 571 (Halifax, NS), along with his band, Sons of Maxwell, released a video that brought United Airlines to its public relations knees. Last year, Carroll's cherished...
Director's Note: A Unique Time in Economic and Symphonic History
From many perspectives this is one of the most unique times in economic history. And certainly the symphonic industry cannot escape it.Symphony, opera, and ballet organizations are watching the declining economy unfold nearly every source of revenue....
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST AUGUST ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN ...75 Years Ago1939Some of the first outdoor orchestra concerts, such as Music Under the Stars and Sunset Symphonies in Washington, DC, had begun to see success and popularity among Americans...
Joe Ascione: Drummer for Many, Inspiration for All
Joe Ascione is a Renaissance man. The Local 802 (New York City) member is a drummer by profession. He's been a band leader and a sideman. He's played with artists like Local 47 (Los Angeles) member Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame. But he also holds a...
Life in the Bellows
JOSEPH MACEROLLOIt was the spring of 1965 and Joe Macerollo of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) was about to receive his bachelor's degree in musicology from the University of Toronto. He had mainly studied piano and even applied to join the university faculty...
Lionel "Freddy" Cole Keep on Swingin'
Once overshadowed by the career of his older brother, Nat "King" Cole, Lionel "Freddy" Cole of Local 802 (New York City) has persevered in the music world and created an identity as one of the most respected jazz musicians to date.As a kid growing up...
Multi-Talented Composer Fuses Latin and Classical Music
Coming from a family of five generations of musicians, Manny Cepeda of Local 325 (San Diego, CA) never had a doubt that he would spend his life making music. The famous Cepeda family is known for its preservation of traditional Puerto Rican folk music...
Resources
LEARN TO PLAY BLUES PIANO [DVDS]Professional keyboardist David Cohen of Local 802 (New York City) has performed with top artists from Mick Taylor to Jimi Hendrix and is the author of many instructional books, CDs, and DVDs for piano. His new series of...
ROPA Celebrating 25 Years: ROPA Then
Those of us who have been around long enough remember that, prior to 1976, the American Symphony Orchestra League had divided their member orchestras into only four groups: major, metropolitan, urban, and community orchestras. In that year, 14 managers...
ROPA Today
The purpose of the Regional Orchestra Players' Association (ROPA), as stated in AFM Negotiator Nathan Kahn's article, stands as strongly as it did 25 years ago. Thousands of orchestral musicians across the country owe an incredible amount of gratitude...
ROPA Tomorrow
While I believe that I have fairly decent instincts, and even have some friends who think that I am clairvoyant, predicting the future is not an area of expertise that I currently include on my résumé. However, if 2009 is any indication of the prosperity...
San Francisco Symphony: Making Music Matter
The West Coast is an exciting place for musicians to live and work in the opening decade of the 21st century. While a challenging economic environment is affecting orchestras nationwide, San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is continuing to thrive as it approaches...
SoundExchange and Pure Play Webcasters Reach Agreement
Last month music royalties collection group SoundExchange reached an agreement with "pure play" commercial webcasters covering royalties for Internet streaming of sound recordings and music to ensure musicians and copyright holders share in the revenue...
The Symphony Opera or Ballet Integrated Media Agreement
Last month's International Musician reported on the recent Symphony Opera or Ballet Audio-Visual/Integrated Media Agreement negotiations. Those negotiations were the culmination of lengthy discussions with the symphony, opera, and ballet orchestra managers...
Union Plus Provides AFM Members with Discounts, Rewards, and Protection
Union Plus is a service of Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO to provide consumer benefits to members and retirees of participating labor unions, including the AFM. Union members are automatically eligible for Union Plus benefits. In addition...
Work Is Where You Find It
Playing music is an art, and making money at it takes it from an art to a career path. Someone once said, "Find a job you really like and you will never have to work a day in your life." I agree. Being a musician fits right in. However, some gigs are...