International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 12, December

Backstage with Reba's Band
Not often does a steel guitar player invite me to hear him play. In fact, I don't know a whole lot of pedal steel players. I live in Syracuse, New York, not Nashville or Austin, so when Bruce Bouton of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) invited me to come to...
Boston Tells Rockettes Canned Music Is Not Good Enough
Every holiday season, thousands of New York City audience members are delighted to hear the tuning of the orchestra before the conductor commences the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Boston audience members, however, won't have the same experience...
Canadian Artist Groups Push for Extension of Copyright Levy/Des Artistes Canadiens Réclament L'extension De la Redevance Sur Les Supports Vierges
Nineteen groups, including the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM), the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Writer's Union of Canada, and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN),...
Cool Tools
LITTLE MIKEA new era in portable recording has begun with iPhone and iPod apps. The only thing holding you back is the lack of a built-in microphone on the iPod. Blue Microphones' Blue Mikey is an affordable solution, offering high-quality features in...
Ernie Hays Plays the Cardinals' Keys One Final Time
"Here Comes the King" was playing when Ernie Hays took his last bow as organist for the St. Louis Cardinals October 3. When people jumped to their feet for a standing ovation, Hays says he was overwhelmed with emotion."I felt like I should cry," he says....
It's Not Just about the Musicians; It's about the Music
The saying goes, "What happens in Detroit doesn't stay in Detroit," and it certainly applies to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) strike, which is in its seventh week as I write this. Musicians around the country are quite justifiably concerned about...
Labor Board Pursues Protection for Employee Social Media Posts
NOTE: This article should not be construed as legal advice. If you have a legal question, you should consult an attorney.If an orchestra musician posts a Facebook status update complaining bitterly about the orchestra's resident conductor and questioning...
Learn to Compose: Discover the Benefits of Writing Original Material
When I told a colleague of mine that I was writing a book on the ins and outs of musicianhood, he said, "The first advice I'd give to any musician is to learn how to compose." He's got a point. You'll stand a much better chance of making a good living...
Let It Slide
Cindy Cashdollar Is Continually Searching for New Sound on the SlideWoodstock, New York, in the 1970s was a musical Mecca. Icons like Bob Dylan of Local 802 (New York City) and The Band had lived there since the mid '60s, and of course in 1969, the small...
Local 161-710 Rallies against Canned Music
"People are buying a full-priced ticket, but only getting half of the product," explains violinist Patty Kurd of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), referring to The Washington Ballet's production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. During the month-long...
Making the Most of Your Medical Flexible Spending Account
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are a great way to save on taxes and help reduce the burden of increases in medical costs. Following are some impending changes in the regulations along with some practical tips to help you make the most of your medical...
Microtonal Guitarist Walks on the Wild Side of the Sound Scale
A full-time freelance musician for 39 years, Neil "Stickman" Haverstick of Local 20-623 (Lakewood, CO) is a pioneer of the microtonal music system in the US. With a little help from his friends, who added frets to regular 12-tone acoustic and electric...
Musicians Must Speak with One Voice
The fleecing at the bargaining table continued during 2010. A few opportunistic employers continued to validate the need for labor unions. With a deplorable economy and public perception of organized labor at an all-time low, the ability to defend the...
No Stopping Bandstand Leader Dal Richards
Vancouver bandleader Dal Richards' music career began, not with a saxophone, but with a slingshot. In 1927, the nine-year-old Richards fell onto his slingshot and lost vision in his left eye. That summer, he was confined to a darkened room for seven...
Oboe Player Says Improvising Is Key to Success
Most musicians know that the ability to improvise is a useful skill. Oboe and English horn player Jill Haley says she has built her career on improvisation.Haley, of Local 135-211 (Reading, PA), began classical training on piano at the age of seven....
OCSM Orchestras Find Innovative Ways to Reach Fresh Audiences
At a recent meeting of the Performing Arts Alliance in Ottawa, I heard the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Program Director of Arts Ben Cameron speak about the challenges faced by arts groups today-not only in attracting new funding and retaining the...
Overcomes Obstacles with Music Therapy
THE PENDERICKI STRING QUARTETThey've toured extensively throughout Canada and the world, recorded more than 25 albums, and championed the string program at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). The Pendericki String Quartet has become one of the top performing...
Remembering a Respected AFM Delegate
From time to time, I devote my column to a specific topic or a guest columnist. This is one of those times; I find the tribute to Jack Hook, written by 2010 AFM Convention Finance Committee Chair and President of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN)...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 166, MADISON, WI-New Secretary Michael Szczys. Contact info remains the same.LOCAL 677, HONOLULU, HI-New Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4Members and officers can access the List of Locals book online at wwwafm.org/member/localsbook.htm. Information changes,...
TEMPO Rides Again; DSO Strikers Need Support
At my request, the International Executive Board has changed the name of the AFM's political action committee (PAC) fund from Legislative Action Fund (LAF) to TEMPO, as the fund was known for many years. Begun in the late 1950s to further the Federation's...
Violist Advocates Community Outreach
Violist Penny Anderson Brill says she wants to bring music to the people-literally. As a member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO),Brill of Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh, PA) says orchestras need to be advocates for their music through community engagement."It's...