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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Canadian news: Federal survey, CPO launch, farewell to Victor SawaThe Government of Canada Heritage is surveying Canadians about the future of Canadian content in a digital world - we encourage you to express the importance of compensation for artists, performers, and other content creators! The survey is available both in English and en français.The Calgary Philharmonic has announced its 2016-17 season, the Herald reports. Return visits from Music Director Laureate Roberto Minczuk, the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart, and an adventurous pops series make up some of the highlights.A cover story in Maclean's recounts the story of "The impresario, the heiress, and the juiciest divorce ever". Jeff Melanson and Eleanor McCain parted ways in January, leading to an escalating public battle and Melanson's resignation as TSO President/CEO.The Regina Symphony shared a final bow with music director Victor Sawa last Saturday, performing Beethoven's 9th, CBC News reports. Sawa has led the RSO for 20 seasons.US News: Union victory in Lancaster, turnaround in San AntonioThe long campaign to unionize the Lancaster Symphony may have achieved a final victory, Lancaster Online reports. The board of director's plans to meet and "consider our options" following the federal appeals court decision, which recognized musicians as employees rather than independent contractors.The San Antonio Symphony, which suffered a recent round of salary cuts, will finish the season on a positive note, according to the Rivard Report. A funding initiative amounting to $600K will lift the symphony out of its current deficit.Baltimore Symphony musicians have launched a website and released their first newsletter, available for subscription here. It includes profiles of musicians and their community initiatives; a BSO percussionist, Brian Prechtl, has just received a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service, the Baltimore Sun reports.A $55 million gift from departing board chair Nina Baroness von Maltzahn represents one of the largest in the history of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The donation will fund a number of new initiatives, and help to keep the school tuition-free.Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php. Visit OCSM on Facebook, or tweet us @ocsm-omosc.Orchestras Canada's weekly, bilingual newsletter features even more news from Canadian orchestras as well as advocacy information - click here to read the latest edition and sign up for delivery to your inbox each Wednesday.