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League Offers Free Conference Registration to Musicians from League Member Orchestras

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The League of American Orchestras recently opened registration for their 2015 Conference to be held May 27-29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  They are offering free conference registrations to “musicians from League member orchestras only – cannot have any administrative or conducting responsibilities at your orchestra.” View the full conference schedule here.

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Why Does London Need a New Concert Hall?

0 Tony Woodcock
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The press and media are all over this one and obviously excited at the prospect of luring back Rattle to his homeland. They also argue for something that London really needs. And this feeding frenzy, I fear, could obscure some rational and strategic thinking that needs to be put in place before anyone signs up for a project.

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Brains and Bottoms

1 Tony Woodcock
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Paris has a new, state-of-the-art concert hall, something the French have been waiting for since they dispatched Louis XVI in 1793, thus making possible government- funded arts venues for the people.

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Bill Zuckerman on “How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World”

0 Stephen Danyew
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Bill Zuckerman, founder of www.musicschoolcentral.com, has written a recap of the January 15, 2015 Chamber Music America pre-conference workshop “How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World,” presented by the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music.  You can read Bill’s article here. The pre-conference day included: a keynote

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Why Music Majors Make Some of the Best Entrepreneurs

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As musicians we often believe that we do one thing, and only one thing, really well. The reality is that musical training provides a wide range of transferable skills that are unmatched by any other discipline. Critical thinking, listening, problem solving, cognitive and physical sharpness, poise, discipline, teamwork and leadership are all present in any

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El Sistema Symposium, January 8 – 12, 2015, Hosted at Curtis

0 Ann Drinan
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El Sistema USA and Play On, Philly! hosted a national El Sistema symposium at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia this past week. A pre-symposium gathering, on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, January 8 & 9, gave attendees a tour of the Play On, Philly! nucleo site and a detailed description of their programs and

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Los Angeles Philharmonic’s National Take a Stand Festival

0 Ann Drinan
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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced the creation of the National Take a Stand Festival, an initiative to create a unified national platform for El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the US. The initiative will bring world-renowned conductors, guest artists and teachers to students in El Sistema programs around the country. The National

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Bitcoin and Proust or “À la recherche de l’argent perdu”

0 Tony Woodcock
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We have probably all come across that word BITCOIN and not given it much thought. Or perhaps we have. It’s pretty interesting as a modern financial phenomenon. My take on it is that it was created as a reaction against government and centralized monetary structures as a result of the financial collapse in 2008. It

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Some more words on sub pay and Minnesota

0 Robert Levine
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The folks at soundnotion.tv hosted a discussion with Drew McManus and myself on the subject of substitute pay and how it was handled in last year’s Minnesota Orchestra settlement. The discussion was moderated (very well, I thought) by David MacDonald and Sam Merciers. It can be watched on YouTube here. I felt the discussion covered

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Justice for extras – some practical considerations

1 Robert Levine

There was an unusual amount of feedback on my post last week about the pay disparity between full-time musicians and subs in Minnesota and how that might have come about. Some of the feedback confirmed my suspicions that the root of the problem was a “new model” mindset on the part of some board members.

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Manhattan Medicis

0 Tony Woodcock
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This is how she sees the gallery’s mission: It’s all about taking away the fear and unapproachability of art and artists.

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Sub pay in Minnesota – the blame game

3 Robert Levine

One of the issues at play during the Year of Three Lockouts continues to reverberate around the symphonoblogosphere – the question of pay for substitute and extra musicians, and in particular the reduction in that pay that was part of the Minnesota settlement. Drew McManus called attention to it in a year-in-review post, where he

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