OCSM (the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians) is the voice of Canadian professional orchestral musicians. OCSM's mission is to uphold and improve the working conditions of professional Canadian orchestral musicians, to promote communication between its members, and to advocate on behalf of the Canadian cultural community.
OCSM is a conference of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) representing approximately 1100 musicians working under collective agreements in twenty Canadian orchestras. Together with other players' conferences (ICSOM, ROPA, RMA, and TMA), we work with the AFM to improve conditions across the continent.
L’ OMOSC (Organisation des musiciens d'orchestre symphonique du Canada) est la voix des musiciens d'orchestre professionnels canadiens. La mission de l'OMOSC consiste à maintenir et à améliorer les conditions de travail des musiciens d'orchestre professionnels du Canada, à favoriser la communication entre ses membres et à promouvoir les intérêts de la communauté culturelle canadienne.
L'OMOSC est une association reliée à la Fédération américaine des musiciens des Etats-Unis et du Canada (FAM) qui représente les musiciens symphoniques professionnels du Canada. L'OMOSC compte vingt orchestres membres et regroupe environ 1100 musiciens liés par une convention collective. De concert avec d'autres conférences de musiciens (ICSOM, ROPA, RMA, et TMA ), nous unissons nos efforts à ceux de la FAM dans le but d'améliorer les conditions des musiciens partout sur le continent.
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New names, hires, etc.: London Symphonia, Elisa Citterio, Saskatoon
Musicians formerly of Orchestra London unveiled a new name last week: London Symphonia. The Free Press reported the rebranding - you can also share some love on Facebook, Twitter, or on their new website.
Tafelmusik announced a new music director: Elisa Citterio, the Globe and Mail reports. A world-renowned baroque violin soloist, Citterio will take over in July, replacing Tafelmusik's founding MD Jeanne Lamon.
The Saskatoon Symphony is partnering with University of Saskatchewan, the Star-Phoenix reports. The new collaboration could include artists in residence, online programming, music education, and more.
The Hamilton Philharmonic named Diana Weir as executive director, the Spectator reports. Weir has been with the HPO since 2013, most recently as director of communications and development.
And from the new works department: Edmonton Symphony principal trombonist John McPherson is also its composer-in-residence. This weekend features the premiere of his newest symphonic work, Triune, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Sesquicentennial and new seasons: TSO, COC
The Toronto Symphony announced its 2017/18 season, Peter Oundjian's last as music director, the Globe and Mail reports. A festival of farewell concerts will cap off his 14-year tenure, in June 2018. The TSO has yet to name a new music director or executive director.
The 2017/18 Canadian Opera Company season will bring new productions of two Donizetti works and Strauss' Arabella - a premiere for COC - as well as revival's of Robert Lepage's Stravinsky Nightingale, Verdi's Rigoletto, and a controversial new co-production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, the Globe and Mail reports.
Leading off Maclean's to-do list for celebrating Canada's 150th: the National Ballet of Canada. The Ballet celebrates its own 65th anniversary in 2017, sending 150 pointe shoes to Canadian landmarks.
2017 will have no shortage of "arty parties", CBC.ca reports: including a new "Global Orchestra" at the Royal Conservatory of Music, crowd-sourced photos at Winnipeg's Museum for Human Rights, a big festival and tours for the National Arts Centre, and a family-friendly commission at the Toronto Symphony.
And speaking of TSO: Canada Mosaic kicked off last weekend at Roy Thomson Hall, the Toronto Star reports, with plans to feature composers and partner with orchestras across the country. The Globe and Mail also previewed the series.
Adventures in Marketing, and more
Opera Insights, a new series by the Canadian Opera Company, aims to lower the walls for opera newbies, Toronto Star reports.
Orchestra X, an ambitious project by the California Symphony, aims to solve the millennial audience conundrum through an innovative technique: talking to millennials. A lengthy article on Medium summarizes some key findings.
Clyde Wagner is now president of Toronto's city-owned theatres, the Globe and Mail reports, and his job won't be easy. Critic Martin Knelman writes that all three have suffered from poor bookings and attendance recently, which lead to their merger.
Shards of Winnipeg's Capitol Theatre, demolished a decade ago, are for sale by Heritage Winnipeg, CTV News reports. Pieces of several architectural landmarks are being offered to the public at a local garden centre.
Renowned musician Howard Leyton-Brown passed away last Friday, the Regina Leader-Post reports. Leyton-Brown was remembered by Victor Sawa and others as a remarkable, gifted musician and educator. He was 98.
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