International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 105, No. 10, October

AFM Symphonic Members Attend 2007 Annual Conferences
The 2007 conference season was characterized by both good times and serious debate. The season opened with the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) conference in San Francisco, with chilly winds blowing through the hills carrying musical memories...
Amir Ali Brings Morocco to the Masses
Playing in Epcot, the Walt Disney World Resorts's global village, has opened up a world of opportunities for Ali Ajraoui.Ajraoui of Local 389 (Orlando, FL), who performs under the name "Amir Ali," has brought the music of his native Morocco to the stage....
Building a Better Press Kit
One of the fastest and most effective ways to gain momentum as a professional musician is to get articles written about you. Newspapers, magazines, websites, trade publications, and even newsletters all need great content. Why shouldn't some of that...
Buzzes about the Singing Bee
RAY CHEWOn July 10, NBC premiered The Singing Bee, a fast-paced, fun-loving game show that challenges contestants' knowledge of song lyrics. Part Name That Tune, part classic karaoke, the show has an originality and sense of whimsy that has resonated...
Changing Trends, New Strategies
2007 12TH ANNUAL TMA CONFERENCEIt was my pleasure to attend The Twelfth Annual Theater Musicians Association (TMA) Conference, held in East St. Louis, Illinois, August 13-14. The Conference was well attended by delegates to the TMA as well as guest speakers...
Cool Tools
INSTANT CLASSICFor its new Pro Classics series, Suzuki has adopted a direct-to-buyer approach. The Pro Classics line of band and orchestra instruments-flute, clarinet, trumpet, alto and tenor saxophones, violin, and cello-are not available through retailers,...
Embouchure Overuse Syndrome: What Every Wind Player Should Know
Editor's Note: In the August issue of the IM, our "To Your Health" column focused on the effects of embouchure injury and referenced the work of Lucinda Lewis, a member of Local 16 (Newark, NJ) and the author of the book Broken Embouchures. We are very...
Fair Pay for Music Play
I've said it to Congressional committees, in the press, and in the pages of the IM-the AFM supports the efforts of webcasters, particularly those small and noncommereiai webcasters who bring diversity to the music scene, to develop new business models.It's...
Feed Back
Henson-Conant's Local ConnectionI enjoyed the feature story on Deborah Henson-Conant in the September 2007 issue, but I would like to add a local slant. Henson-Conant has been a regular guest performer with the Grand Rapids Symphony and has made a lot...
García Takes the Confusion out of Improv
Now a veteran trombone player and jazz musician, Antonio García of Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA) didn't always have the know-how required to write a book on improvisational technique. Self-defined as the "poster child for late development," he admits...
Healthcare on the Forefront
Strange things happened from my September IM column to the writing of this column. I attended Bob Crothers' funeral and returned home for my annual physical. I am always mindful of the administrative check-in as I have the responsibility for the Federation's...
ICSOM: Setting a Positive Tone for Conference
The 2007 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) Conference, co-hosted by The Minnesota Orchestra and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) August 14-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was very successful. A terrific Wednesday evening...
If They Can Hear It and See It, They Can Buy It
One of the letters I received last month was from Chris Tedesco of Local 47 (Los Angeles). Tedesco is originally from Niagara Falls, New York. He was an AFM member there since he was 18, and now he's been with the LA local for more than 20 years.Tedesco...
Letter of Support to the Members of the AFM:
My name is Paul Hodes, and I have been playing guitar for 45 years. I am also a card-carrying AFM member, and since last November, a Member of Congress. I am thrilled with my new position because it gives me an opportunity to advocate for working musicians,...
Monster Debut Features Seattle's Musicians
Ever since the debut of Mel Brooks' musical The Producers in 2001, every move he makes in the theater world attracts enormous attention. For the premiere of Young Frankenstein, Brooks' musical adaptation of his ghoulish 1974 comedy, the attention of...
MusicFIRST: Fairness in Radio Starting Today
This summer, AFM members and musicFIRST Coalition supporters garnered significant attention for the musicFIRST (Fairness in Radio Starting Today) campaign. The coalition aims to correct the US Copyright Act so that performers will be paid when their...
New Document to Protect against Exploitive Waivers
For many years now I have received telephone calls and e-mails from musicians asking about releases or waivers. Should they sign them? Typically a call will come in from someone on a remote or in a studio, where some production assistant has thrust a...
OCSM Conference Dedicated to Kilburn
The 2007 Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference took place in Quebec City, Quebec, August 8-12. This year's conference was dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Kilburn (1932-2007), who was the second person to hold the title of...
Recording Arts Day Gives Musical Community a Voice
The American Federation of Musicians participated in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' Annual Recording Arts Day on September 5th, spending the day lobbying members of Congress on pressing music issues and pending legislation. Representatives...
Resources
IT'S NOT ALL SONG AND DANCEMaxim Gershunoff of Local 47 (Los Angeles) is an accomplished musician and was one of the top classical performing arts managers of his time. In his memoir readers can meet many of the musical legends he has worked with including...
Roll over Beethoven!
Ever since Brian Setzer of Local 47 (Los Angeles) first burst onto the scene in the early 1980s with his band Stray Cats, his music has been hard to categorize. Bucking trends as readily as he sets new ones, the Long Island native has successfully combined...
ROPA Speakers Present Bargaining Tips
After the opening welcomes and roll call, the 2007 Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Conference began with a speech by AFM President Thomas Lee. He updated us on the AFM Convention, personnel changes in the AFM's Symphonic Services Division...
San Antonio Symphony Moves Ahead
Following a summer-long struggle and the threat of a strike that was well publicized in local media, San Antonio Symphony reached a new agreement on the eve of its 2007-08 season. The authorization of a strike had taken place shortly after the orchestra's...
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSLOCAL 38-398, LARCHMONT, NY-New Address: P.O. Box 129; Mamaroneck, NY 10543LOCAL 80, CHATTANOOGA, TN-Secretary Hanson, New Tel: 423-629-1136LOCAL 278, SOUTH BEND, IN-New Secretary Jill Jenks ClarkLOCAL 298, NIAGARA FALLS, ON-New Secretary...
TMA Conference: In Review
The following is a summary of events from the Twelfth Annual TMA Conference held in East St. Louis, Illinois.Linda Patterson, executive assistant to the AFM president, gave a report on the AFM Convention, the state of the AFM, and answered delegates'...