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Moving Forward

0 Liz Mahler
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In the following Article, Liz Mahler (no relation to Gustav) discusses her compelling journey from a liberal arts major in college, to a violinist in the New World Symphony, to an arts management professional. Her story touches on many important issues which are crucial for young musicians to hear. She talks about facing a performance-related injury, feeling unsure about her future path, and how she ultimately made a series of choices which have led her to a feeling of great direction.It is an inspiring story for us all.

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The Aspiring Orchestral Saxophonist

0 Jason Kush
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The saxophone is an instrument which is not traditionally found in most orchestral works. However, as saxophonist Jason Kush points out in the following article, great opportunities do exist for saxophonists to perform in the orchestral setting. Jason talks about strategies which can help players gain access to these opportunities. He also points out some important considerations regarding etiquette, playing style, and general keys to success in an orchestral setting. Jason’s article will surely help you prepare for, and succeed in your next orchestral saxophone opportunity.

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An Interview with Conductor Chung Park

0 Chung Park
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In this interview, conductor Chung Park shares his path to becoming an orchestral conductor. Chung talks about the importance of having enormous respect for his orchestra players, and how he has balanced the importance for musical excellence and administrative savvy early in his career. He discusses his influences, his inspiration, and what drives him. In an age where conductors are being called upon for more than just musical direction, Chung represents the next generation of conductors who see and embrace the many responsibilities of their profession.

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In Memoriam - Fred Zenone

0 Paul Judy
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The Orchestra Musician Forum and its website Polyphonic.org is saddened by the death of one of its founding board members. Fred Zenone was a past president and director of the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI). During his career as an orchestra musician, the majority of which was invested as a cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra, he was a keen observer of and active participant in organizational and industry matters. Throughout the symphony orchestra field, he was known for his leadership and statesmanship during his service as chair of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) and for his work on teams consulting with troubled orchestras. He has also served on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras and the Symphony Orchestra Institute. He was a valued consultant in the transition of the SOI that created the Orchestra Musician Forum and its website Polyphonic.org.

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(Re)Kindling the Union Spirit: The Key to Improving Union Effectiveness

0 John Kretzschmar
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The 2010 ROPA (Regional Orchestra Players Association) conference was held in Omaha, NE. ROPA President Carla Lehmeier-Tatum invited John Kretzschmar, Director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska, to address the delegates. John presented a rousing talk about the problems of union membership apathy, why it exists, and what can be done about it. I asked John to revise his remarks for Polyphonic; the result is a most interesting and informative article.

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Media Myths: Misconceptions that Mystify Me

0 Paul Austin
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Paul Austin, Vice President of ROPA (Regional Orchestra Players Association), was a member of the AFM Media Committee that negotiated the Integrated Media Agreement. The 2010 ROPA conference had quite a bit of discussion about the new agreement, so I asked Paul to address some of the issues and confusions that arose. He decided to “bust a few media myths” for us!

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The Winston-Salem Symphony and the African Library Project

0 Matthew Troy
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I met Matthew Troy, assistant conductor in Winston-Salem, during the 2010 League of American Orchestras conference. He told me how the symphony had spear-headed a project with the school system that collected 50,000 books to create libraries in Botswana. I was intrigued and asked him to tell the story for Polyphonic.

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Making it Work – Two Musicians, One Life Together

0 David Bebe
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For musician couples, the following article by David Bebe is a must read.David, a cellist and conductor, talks about the complex obstacles that musician couples face when trying to both pursue careers in a highly competitive national arena. He and his wife Jamecyn, a violinist, have encountered these challenges together, living long distance at times, trying to balance their relationship and career aspirations.Ultimately, David offers several compelling points to consider as musicians plan for their future with a fellow musician at their side.

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Vision 2020: The Future of Music

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This “article” is a series of 3 papers written by students in an Entrepreneurship in Music course. The topic of the paper is “Music in 2020.” In other words, where do you think music will be in 2020? What will be new? How will the musical landscape have changed and evolved, and how should we prepare for that now? The three authors all express unique ideas and perspectives on the future of music. I suppose none of us know with certainty what the future will hold, but with innovative thinking and careful planning, perhaps we can influence that future just a little bit!

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The times they are a’changing: Music in 2020!

0 Fotina Naumenko
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This “article” is a series of 3 papers written by students in an Entrepreneurship in Music course. The topic of the paper is “Music in 2020.” In other words, where do you think music will be in 2020? What will be new? How will the musical landscape have changed and evolved, and how should we prepare for that now? The three authors all express unique ideas and perspectives on the future of music. I suppose none of us know with certainty what the future will hold, but with innovative thinking and careful planning, perhaps we can influence that future just a little bit!

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2020: Opportunity for Change

0 Lacey Lee Seiffertt
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This “article” is a series of 3 papers written by students in an Entrepreneurship in Music course. The topic of the paper is “Music in 2020.” In other words, where do you think music will be in 2020? What will be new? How will the musical landscape have changed and evolved, and how should we prepare for that now? The three authors all express unique ideas and perspectives on the future of music. I suppose none of us know with certainty what the future will hold, but with innovative thinking and careful planning, perhaps we can influence that future just a little bit!

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Royalties Are a Good Thing—Part 2: Performance Rights, Sync Rights, Patents and Trademarks

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This article is the second in a two-part series and takes up where part one left off.

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