This week: The League talks diversity; troubles and innovation at TSO; Jane Little's passing; and a new post for Yannick. Here are stories we're following...
Business news and conferences
The League of American Orchestras meets this weekend in Baltimore - a majority African-American city - highlighting issues of diversity in the predominantly white orchestral industry, the Baltimore Sun reports. Baltimore Symphony MD Marin Alsop, historian Earl Lewis, and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson will discuss diversification and wider societal trends.
The Toronto Symphony's leadership troubles and a potential $4 million plus deficit fuelled worry and speculation, including a Toronto Star analysis by columnist Martin Knelman. The TSO plans to sell a rare viola to its own foundation, the Globe and Mail reports, while also launching a major fundraising campaign. According to unnamed sources, current negotiations may lead to a pay freeze for musicians.
The TSO's recent innovations include "Listening Guide", a graphic representation of musical elements and structure. Examples were featured on the UK blog Creative Review.
Canadian teenager Amanda Todd became a tragic figure in 2012, when she took her own life amid vicious cyberbullying; a new work by Jocelyn Morlock brings her story to the stage with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, CBC News reports.
The OCSM Conference is in Calgary this August 8-12, with open sessions from August 9-11. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend; contact us or fill in our registration form for more information.
New hires and farewells
Atlanta Symphony bassist Jane Little's dramatic passing made worldwide headlines, including an appreciation by bassist colleague Michael Kurth on ArtsATL. Ms. Little joined the ASO in 1945, at the age of 16, and continued until her collapse onstage on May 15th.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin's meteoric rise reached new heights last week, with his appointment as music director designate of the Metropolitan Opera, the NY Times reports.
Vancouver Symphony concertmaster Dale Bartrop is returning to his birth country to join the Australian String Quartet and co-concertmaster the Melbourne Symphony. The Vancouver Sun reported on Bartrop's move, and his legacy at the VSO.
The Grand Rapids Symphony named Brazilian-born Marcelo Leninger its music director designate for the 2017-18 season, MLive reports.
The Thunder Bay Symphony announced that Dave Boshcoff, a former MP, City Councillor, and Mayor, will lead a major new fundraising initiative. The press release is available at NetNewsLedger.
This weekend, the Calgary Philharmonic wishes farewell to music director Roberto Minczuk and to several outstanding retiring musicians. The Herald spoke with the outgoing maestro, and with retiring principal trumpet emeritus Howard Engstrom. I usually stay behind the curtain, but this week I want to send a shout-out to all the wonderful colleagues leaving us, and especially to our principal bassist, Chuck Garrett. You built this; we'll miss you.
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.
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