International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 105, No. 8, August

A Frank Memory of Stokowski
Musicians in symphonies across the globe recognize his name and many children will be familiar with the conductor who shakes Mickey Mouse's hand in the classic 1940 film Fantasia. And the late Leopold Stokowski is still vividly remembered by those who...
A Guide to Efficient Bargaining
What was once a formidable process to make gains and resolve problems often continues to become a daunting and futile exercise. However, collective bargaining can be efficient and painless.I recall a time when employers looked forward to negotiations....
Another Look at Getting into the College Market
It's been a long time since I've played college gigs. I still remember the interesting people I met, along with the days and nights with no sleep, the parties where I was lucky to keep my instrument from getting wrecked, the shows, dances, assemblies,...
Canadian SSD Year in Review
One of the most interesting events of the past year was an attempted raid of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (Quebec Symphony Orchestra) [by aggressive Quebec labour syndicate CSN. Quebec Musicians Guild Local 406 (Montreal, PQ), the American Federation...
Classical Music Thrives
As you read through the August IM Symphonic issue, you have no doubt questioned the role of classical music in today's music marketplace.If you read The New York Times you may have read that the demise of the classical orchestra is greatly exaggerated,...
Dayton Philharmonic
SHOOTING FOR THE STARSIn a March/April 2007 Symphony magazine profile of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and their joint role as cultural anchors for a community experiencing hard times, the...
Dennis Thompson Brings Hip-Hop Full Circle
Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) member Dennis Thompson's musical interests have always appeared to be in opposition. At a young age his mother took him to piano and violin lessons, hoping to instill in Thompson an appreciation of music as a fine art form.At...
Director's Note
Every August the AFM Symphonic Services Division (SSD) works with the editorial staff to produce the special symphony issue of the International Musician. In this, the 2007 edition, the SSD and the IM are pleased to announce the launch of a new series....
Facing Up to Embouchure Problems
Brass players often wait a long time for their moment in the spotlight. The brilliant sounds of brass solos are some of the most famous melodies in the classical repertoire. They're loud, often in the extreme high or low registers.These instrumentalists...
Fiorino Keeps Moving Forward
Paul Noel Fiorino of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO), a veteran dancer and now a professional singer/songwriter, believes artists have a responsibility to lay bare the plights of ordinary people.And that is exactly what he has done with his newly released...
Flying with Your Instrument
You have practiced and studied all the required pieces for the audition with true patience and diligence. You brought your instrument to your favorite repairman for a serious tweaking. The fact that you'll be behind a screen notwithstanding, you've lost...
Lee Addresses Congress on the Business of Making Music
AFM President Thomas F. Lee addressed a Congressional hearing on June 28, speaking on behalf of the thousands of recording artists, session musicians, and vocalists who fail to receive fair compensation for the webcasting of their music. Referencing...
Locals Benefit from Specialized PR Training
In times of crisis or negotiation, local officers and orchestra committees often find themselves confused about to how to interact with members of the media. Misconceptions can damage an orchestra's credibility and send contract discussions into a rapid...
Looking Forward with Gratitude and Optimism
These are some thoughts I originally expressed to the Convention on the day following the election. Please indulge me as I share them with all of you:I'd like to thank Vice President from Canada Emeritus Alan Wood, bless his soul, who had a mind that...
Music Is Not a Spectator Sport
"I got me a Yidisha mama ... I got me a Yidisha papa ..." These aren't exactly the culturally aware and politically relevant lyrics of Green Day's latest single racing up the charts. But don't be mistaken-these two lines, from the song "Rock 'n' Roll...
Networking 101 for Musicians
When it comes to success, every industry has its own roadmap to the top. But whether you're a Wall Street novice hoping for a corner office or a hardworking musician dreaming of worldwide fame, one piece of advice will always ring true: you have to learn...
News Briefs
Cleveland Honored for Adventurous Programming'The Cleveland Orchestra was presented with a 2006-07 ASCAP Award for Programming of Contemporary Music on June 22 at the American Symphony Orchestra League's National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Given...
Resolving Internal Disputes for Strength and Unity
There are, and always will be, differences of opinion on any union negotiating committee. That is normal and desirable. Without those differences, I would conclude that either the negotiating committee does not fully represent the broad range of constituencies...
Resources
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSICAuthor Daniel J. Levitin, a former session musician, sound engineer, and record producer, runs the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University. In This Is Your Brain on Music he describes...
Solidarity: Beyond the Bargaining Unit
Most locals and their symphonic musicians understand the importance of solidarity among the contracted musicians within an orchestra. What is less understood, but just as important, is the need to extend the concept of solidarity beyond that group. Our...
Symphonic Media: The Symphony Opera or Ballet Live Recording Agreement
More than a year has passed since negotiations were completed and the new Symphony Opera or Ballet Live Recording Agreement (LRA) was ratified. Over the course of the past year, there has been a considerable increase in recording activity by signatory...
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSLOCAL 276, SAULT STE. MARIE, ON-Physical address: 451 Queen Street East- Suite 216; Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 1Z0; Mailing Address: PO Box 641 Stn Main; Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 5N2Members and officers can access the List of Locals book...
The Beat Goes On-Or Does It?
This message of extreme importance will appear in the Music Performance Fund's Annual Report. The reason it is being published here simultaneously is that we want to be certain that every member of the Federation has an opportunity to read it and to...
The Structure of an Inclusive Organization
In democratic societies, the will of the minority is respected and given credence. Otherwise, the minority will not meaningfully participate in the society's governance and may take actions that will damage the society.The AFM is a society made up of...
Time Is Money
"Time is money" rings true for all working musicians. Wages have always been a primary focus in negotiating collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and, no doubt, will continue to be. In the world of those who belong to the so-called "Freeway Philharmonic,"...