OCSM Conference Information

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Registration is now open for the 2017 OCSM/OMOSC Conference in Gatineau/Ottawa! Our host hotel is the Four Points Sheraton in Gatineau (35 rue Laurier, Gatineau, Québec J8X 4E9). We have arranged a promotional rate of $139/night.

Note to Delegates: The AFM by-laws state that the AFM Local will pay “the reasonable and necessary expenses of sending one delegate to the appropriate annual conference…” In order to get the proper rate, please use the group name (OCSM). Please inform your Local of your attendance. In the event you are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to find an alternate Delegate to take your place and see that they book a room. Please let the Executive know of the change and we'll get the alternate onto the Delegates email list.

Please plan to arrive for the first Delegate session on Monday, August 14 at 2pm. We will adjourn by 1pm on Friday, August 18

You can reserve by phone: 1-888-627-8089. In order to get the proper rate, please tell the receptionist that you are with the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians. You may also reserve online using this dedicated link.

Once you have made your reservation, please fill in our own online registration form:

2017 OCSM Conference Registration

Orchestra Digest: May 12, 2017

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Note to readers: As you may have noticed, Orchestra Digest postings have grown rather sparse this season -- due not to a lack of orchestra news stories, but to my own limited capacity to compile and share them all! 
 
I will continue to do my best to highlight and summarize relevant stories, and would like to invite all of you to share interesting stories as well. Just make sure to identify yourself by name and orchestra at the start of the post. We moderate posts to the OCSM List, so if we notice anything amiss, we will let you know before it goes out to the list. I'm also happy to hear from you with any general suggestions or contributions to improve this newsletter. 
 
Thanks and happy reading! - Matt Heller
 
 
Tours and headlines from Canada's 150th 
 
As part of its Canada 150 celebration this weekend, the Saskatoon Symphony will stage an unlikely twofer: a citizenship ceremony combined with an all-Canadian concert -- CBC reports
 
The TSO embarked on a two-week tour of Europe and Israel this past week: the Toronto Star spoke with interim CEO Gary Hanson on the importance of international touring. 
 
The National Arts Centre Orchestra is also touring widely this spring, including a recent outing to Canada's East Coast. The Chronicle Herald previewed its busy Halifax stop, which included a side-by-side, chamber music, master classes, and more. 
 
And while Harry Somers' opera Louis Riel is gaining wide recognition in a new co-production by the Canadian Opera Company and National Arts Centre, it tells a Canadian story which has come to seem more tragic than celebratory. The Globe and MailCBC and the NY Times previewed the production and the complicated history it recounts.  
 
 
New seasons, new hires, and business news
 
For all its battles, the London Symphonia has so far achieved a remarkable success: retaining a core of 27 musicians, the same size as Orchestra London. The Free Press featured an extended commentary by journalist Larry Cornies on the musicians' efforts to build a new orchestra for London: Musicians battle shifting sands of culture
 
The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the union representing box office staff and ushers at the National Arts Centre reached a deal to narrowly avert a strike in late April, the Ottawa Citizen reported. The ushers and staff had been working without a contract since June 2016.
 
Symphony Nova Scotia has appointed Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser as its artist in in residence and community ambassador for the 2017-18 season, the Chronicle Herald reports. Bartholomew-Poyser has previously held staff conductor positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo and Thunder Bay Symphonies. 
 
Conductor Bernard Labadie, best known for his work with Les Violons du Roy, survived a battle with lymphoma which included a month-long medically induced coma. He was recently named principal conductor of St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, and spoke to the NY Times about his harrowing journey. 
 
Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot will step down after the 2018-19 season, the Seattle Times reports
 
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra promoted a new concertmaster from within: Nicholas Wright, a British-born violinist who first joined the VSO six years ago, the Georgia Straight reports
 
The Thunder Bay Symphony announced major leadership changes, TB News Watch reports. A former mayor, Ken Boshcoff is the new interim executive director. The symphony also welcomed several new board members, and appointed Linda Penner as board chair. 
 
The TBSO announced its 2017-18 season, titled New Beginnings, the Chronicle-Journal reports. Among the changes: the orchestra will announce a new music director soon, and move concert start times to 7:30pm.
 
 
Other items of interest...
 
Young audience clubs are a popular marketing and audience development tool for orchestras. InsideToronto profiles two standouts in the genre, Tafelscene and TSOundcheck
 
Unusual instrument aficionados will want to check out a recent episode of CBC's cultural talk show, q, featuring TSO affiliate composer Jordan Pal talking about writing for a massive sheet of metal and orchestra. 
 
A major renovation will "encapsulate" Quebec City's Grand Théâtre within a sheathe of glass, La Presse reports (in French). The article includes a striking artistic rendering of the renovated building, to be completed by September 2018. 
 
 
Compiled by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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.

Orchestra Digest: March 9

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Welcomes: Elisa Citterio, Otto Tausk
 
The Globe and Mail profiles Tafelmusik's new music director, Elisa Citterio, a musician Jeanne Lamon describes as "a Tafelmusik person... She's going to fit in perfectly." Meanwhile, Musical Toronto lists nine causes for excitement in Tafelmusik's newly-announced 2017/18 season. 
 
Speaking to the Vancouver SunVancouver Symphony music director-designate Otto Tausk emphasized the importance of building trust and performing a broad repertoire. 
 
 
New seasons
 
The 2017/18 Vancouver Symphony season will bring farewells to Bramwell Tovey, the Straight reports, with world premieres by Tovey and Jocelyn Morlock, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, and much more.  
 
High-profile premieres and collaborations highlight the National Ballet of Canada's 2017/18 season, previewed by the Globe and Mail.
 
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony also announced its 2017-18 season, the Record reports, noting that in absence of a music director, the season was planned entirely by staff and musicians. The Chronicle also previewed an ambitious transitional season. 
 
The Winnipeg Symphony offered refugees and immigrants 1,000 free tickets to a recent performance and dance and multicultural music, CBC reports. The performance included Arabic translation, and an appearance by Mayor Brian Bowman
 
The National Arts Centre's annual report, titled "Groundbreaking", noted successful fundraising campaigns, renovations, and initiatives, the Ottawa Sun reports. There was a small deficit of $207k on a budget of $71m.  
 
An Ode to Canada, featuring a newly-commissioned Fanfare and Beethoven's 9th, will open the Windsor Symphony's 70th anniversary season, the Windsor Star reports
 
"Heroes" and "the North" are major themes of the National Arts Centre Orchestra's 2017/18 season, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Inspired by Glenn Gould, their "Idea of the North" festival will pair Canadian and Finnish music. 
 
 
 
Advocacy and initiatives
 
Female artists appear somewhat more frequently on NAC stages next season, Ottawa magazine reports#OrchestrasSoMale, an initiative by Brian Lauritzen (@BrianKUSC), is comparing US orchestras' appearances by female conductors and composers. 
 
LA Philharmonic president/CEO Deborah Borda penned an LA Times op-ed calling for President Trump's first travel ban to be rescinded: "Music transcends borders; it gives voice to artists and communicates with audiences regardless of their nationality, ethnicity or religion."
 
Alberta Ballet chair Larry E. Clausen contributed an opinion piece for the Edmonton Journal highlighting the importance of artists in our society, and the value of public support for the arts: "Artists need more than applause and appreciation". 
 
After 19 years as Calgary Opera's general director, Bob McPhee will retire this season, the Herald reports. He will continue to advise through the transition to a new director.  
 
The Winnipeg Symphony kicked off a new series in an unusual venue: Club Regent Casino. The Free Press previewed the Thursday Night Classics series, featuring popular classical music. 
 
 

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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