International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 10, October

AFM Announces New Appointments
The AFM is pleased to announce the appointment of Lew Mancini as Chief Operating Officer for the AFM's New York Office. Additionally, Dick Gabriel has been named Electronic Media Services Division Director and Kenneth Shirk of Local 99 (Portland, OR)...
Big Band Album, Aurora, Recorded under AFM Contract
Thirty-five years ago, esteemed composer/arranger/orchestrator Patrick Williams of Local 47 (Los Angeles) won a Grammy for his all-original big band album Threshold. He recently returned to Capitol A studios, where Threshold was produced, with master...
Business Chops: Linking Sales and Marketing Efforts to Close More Gigs
In a previous article we talked about client profiling and targeting the gigs that you really want. That knowledge helps you narrow the focus. But how do your prospective clients make buying decisions? What do they need to know in order to be comfortable...
Charlotte Symphony Agrees to Terms for Radio Broadcasts
Under an agreement ratified by musician vote in early September, seven Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) classics series concerts per season, through 2013, will be broadcast on Charlotte public radio station WDAV. One or two concerts per season for...
Detroit Symphony Musicians March for a Fair Contract
Usually, you think of a marching band, not a marching orchestra. But on Labor Day, it was the musicians of Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) who headed up Detroit's annual parade. They were joined by AFM President Ray Hair, Local 5 (Detroit, MI) President...
EMSD Oversight Committee Appointed
The American Federation of Musicians is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Ayling and Neil Stubenhaus of Local 47 (Los Angeles), Bruce Bouton of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), and Bill Foster of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC) to the Electronic Media...
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST OCTOBER ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN ...196050 Years AgoOn behalf of the Federation, AFM President Herman Kenin presented a check for $1,000 to the Stan Kenton Clinic Scholarship Fund. "Out of such clinics," Kenin said, "will...
Getting the Word out ... Fast!
Sometimes you need to reach a lot of people quickly. It could be you have updates to your playing calendar, a special gig you need to get a lot of people to attend, a new CD release, a new promo video, or just want to tell people about your group or...
Gilden Translates West African Tradition for American Listeners
Renowned kora player David Gilden of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX) has been evoking ancient history with his West African 21-string harp-lute for the past 20 years. With full focus on the kora, an instrument that first captivated him as a young...
Golden Oldies Band Celebrates Golden Anniversary
Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) member Mickey Vendetti and The Goodtime Party Band have played nearly 5,000 weddings and parties, and this month, they'll celebrate another important milestone. On October 23, the band will mark 50 years as one of Central New...
Good Karma and Deep Vibrations
Will Lee centers in on a long, vibrant careerWill Lee of Local 802 (New York City) has never encountered this dilemma. He has never even considered for a second whether he should have been a doctor or an engineer. He simply knows he was born to play...
ICSOM Conference Explores Union of Their Dreams
The very successful 2010 conference of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) was themed "It's Time to Embrace the Future." It was hosted by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Local 65-699 (Houston, TX) and held August 18-21...
ICSOM Speaks for Future of Arts in America
The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) was founded in 1962 by legendary musicians who braved the retaliation of their managers, the skepticism of their colleagues, and even the scrutiny of lingering McCarthyism. The organization...
Local 10-208 Prevents Exploitation of Student Musicians
In early September, Chicago's Harris Theater announced a change to the schedule for its upcoming season after Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) objected to Harris Theater's plans to use student musicians to accompany a February performance, rather than hiring...
L'OMOSC À L'heure De la Promotion De Nos Intérêts
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)Cette année, la conférence annuelle de l'Organisation des musiciens d'orchestre symphonique du Canada (OMOSC) a eu lieu au Holiday Inn du centre-ville à Montréal, Québec, du 11 au 15 août. Ce choix...
National Labor Relations Board Decisions Brought into Question
Between January 2008 and March 2010, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued about 600 decisions regarding union rights and unfair labor practices-all of which could now, potentially, be rendered null and void. During that time period, the NLRB...
New AFM and Employers' Pension Fund Union Trustees
The AFM is pleased to announce the appointment of the new slate of Union Trustees to the AFM and Employers' Pension Fund (AFM-EPF):* Co-Chair Ray Hair, AFM President* Tino Gagliardi, President Local 802* Gary Matts, President Local 10-208* Bill Moriarity,...
OCSM Conference Talks Advocacy
The mid-town Holiday Inn in Montreal, Quebec, was the site of this year's Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM/ OMOSC) Conference, held August 11-15. This location was auspicious in that the east side of the hotel overlooked the construction...
OCSM Orchestras: Slightly Down, but Far from Out
In the July 1999 IM, there was an excellent article entitled "The End of the Low Wage Policy in Canada." This was an upbeat report of the recent-and hard-won-gains that Canadian orchestras had made in negotiations across the country. Well, we all know...
Omelet's Advice to His Players
A Tragedy in Various WaysCAST OF CHARACTERS: Professor Omelet, Prince of Jazbow, Originator and Introducer of Jazz; First Jazz; Second Jazz; Jazzax, a drummer.SCENE: A BallroomTIME: The PresentEnter Professor Omelet, First Jazz, Second Jazz, and Jazzax.OMELET:...
Orchestres De l'OMOSC : Un Peu Affaiblis, Mais Bien Vivants
Dans l'édition de juillet 1999 de l'International Musician figurait un excellent article intitulé « La fin de la politique des faibles salaires au Canada » [traduction libre]. Il s'agissait d'un compte rendu optimiste des gains que les orchestres canadiens...
Performing in the US or Canada 101: What AFM Members Need to Know
Part 1: Work Permits for Canadian Musicians Performing in the USYou're planning on performing in the US. What's the first thing you must do?Get a passport! If you already have a passport-great! However, it must be valid for a minimum of six-months after...
Permis De Travail Pour Les Musiciens Canadiens Se Produisant Aux Etats-Unis
Ce mois-ci, en considérant les restrictions d'espace du service de la GI, j'aimerais, plutôt que d'écrire une chronique, attirer votre attention sur l'article de Liana White, directrice de la division des services administratifs, intitulé : « Se produire...
Player Conferences: Important Intermediate Bodies
In the September IM, our new International Executive Board (IEB) expressed their hopes and dreams for the Federation, our locals, and our members. I have asked the leaders of the AFM's five player conferences to do the same in this issue, and I am pleased...
Qu'est-Ce Qui Habite Votre Instrument?
Scott Bean est tromboniste et membre de la section locale 400 (Hartford, Conn.). Comme bien des professionnels, il consacre plusieurs heures par jour au travail et à l'enseignement de son instrument. Toutefois, pendant de nombreuses années, il a souffert...
Resources
THE RECORDING GUITARIST: A GUIDE TO STUDIO GEAR, TECHNIQUES, AND TONEThis updated edition details the best approaches to capturing all the creative possibilities of guitar playing and making your work sound great in any medium and format. Focusing on...
RMA Welcomes IEB
In the September International Musician, AFM President Ray Hair announced that views and commentary from each of the player conferences would be part of this month's IM: "I look forward to taking another step toward unity by hearing the concerns of those...
ROPA Conference Looks to the Future
The 26th Annual Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Conference convened in August in the beautiful Historic District of Omaha, Nebraska. The ROPA board offers their sincere appreciation to conference hosts the Omaha Symphony musicians and Local...
ROPA: Strength and Solidarity
I would like to thank AFM President Ray Hair and the AFM Executive Board for the opportunity to share my perspectives on behalf of the Regional Orchestra Players' Association (ROPA). This opportunity is a testament to the leadership of the AFM and its...
Samples Many Flavors of Licorice Sticks
RICK KISSINGERProfessional musicians generally have a serendipitous relationship with music; it's as if creating music is the sole purpose for their existence.Rick Kissinger, a clarinet ensemble creator and director, music contractor, and professional...
Success in Flint, MI
The weekend of August 19-22 was a reminder to the whole world that Flint, Michigan, is anything but a dead city. Approximately 300,000 people filled the downtown streets for the Back to the Bricks car show and festival The centerpiece of the event was...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 390, EDMONTON, AB-New Address: 2nd Floor, 10526-105 Jasper Avenue; Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z7 CANADALOCAL 577, POCONO, PA-Mailing address: P.O. Box 453; Marshalls Creek, PA 18335TAPSLOCAL 1, CINCINNATI, OH-Phyllis Wardwell*, Harold Wegman*LOCAL...
TMA: Time to Share in the Gain
The 2010 Theater Musicians Association (TMA) Conference was held August 17-18 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. The Conference opened with a welcome from TMA President Vicky Smolik, who read the following "quote of the day" from President...
Trumpet Legend Expounds Half-Century Career
Johnny Cowell of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) describes his decorated career as a trumpet soloist as "a love affair from the very beginning." With more than 50 years of soloist work behind him, Cowell's earliest memories involving music are anything but ordinary....
What Is Living in Your Instrument?
Trombonist Scott Bean of Local 400 (Hartford, CN), like many professional musicians, spends many hours of each day practicing and teaching trombone. However, for many years he suffered from a lung condition that sometimes made playing his instrument...
Work Permits for Canadian Musicians Performing in the US
Rather than write a column this month, and in the interest of space limitations in the IM, please direct your attention to the article by APM Canada Director of Administration and Services Liana White entitled: "Performing in the US or Canada 101: What...