OC Job Board: February 6th

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Posted via Orchestras Canada. The OC Job Board is sponsored by the CFM.
Newly announced auditions:
National Arts Centre Orchestra 
National audition : May 20-21 mai - Finals: June 5 juin 2013
Application deadline/Date limite : March 15 mars 2013
Winnipeg Symphony
National audition: March 21 mars, 2013 
Application deadline/Date limite : March 11 mars, 2013
Winnipeg Symphony
National audition: February 25 février, 2013 
Application deadline/Date limite : February 11 février, 2013
Recently posted:
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
National audition: April 30 avril 2013
Application deadline/Date limite : April 8 avril 2013
National Audition: April 11-13 avril, 2013 
Application deadline/Date limite : February 10 février 2013
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Associate Viola / Alto associé
National audition: March 15 mars 2013
Application deadline/Date limite : March 1 mars 2013
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
National audition: May 31 mai - June 1 juin 2013
Application deadline/Date limite : April 12 avril 2013
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
National audition: April 14 avril 2013
Application deadline/Date limite : March 29 mars 2013
National audition: March 1 mars 2013
Application deadline/Date limite : February 8 février 2013

Orchestra Digest: Feb. 2nd

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This week: Verdi vs. Wagner, a new Kennedy Center expansion, and scientific evidence of excessive coughing. Here are stories we're following -- 
  • The Globe and Mail remembered music critic John Kraglund, noted in the Canadian Encyclopedia for his "measured enthusiasm". Kraglund, who died last week, served as the Globe and Mail's classical critic from 1952 to 1987.
  • In this season of big operatic bicentennials, the Canadian Opera Company and Calgary Opera have taken opposite sides, according to another article in the Globe and Mail -- and revived perennial comparisons and competition between Verdi and Wagner. 
  • The Boston Globe profiles Tod Machover, the MIT professor and composer who has crowd-sourced Torontonians to create a collaborative symphony. Titled "A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City", the work premieres March 9th. Meanwhile, the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail each have rundowns of the just-announced TSO 2013-14 season, Peter Oundjian's 10th as music director. 
  • The Florida Orchestra's plans to tour Cuba hit a glitch this week, the Tampa Bay Times reports, when a US government agency denied a license to spend money in Cuba, citing the trade embargo. The Florida Orchestra had hoped to send concertmaster Jeffrey Multer next week, to perform as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.
  • The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. unveiled a new $100 million plan to expand and renovate, the New York Times reports. A previous, $650 million plan fell victim to U.S. Congress budget cuts - this new plan relies on private fundraising. 
  • The timing of a new proposal by Minnesota Orchestra management brought an angry reaction from musicians, Minnesota Public Radio reports. They said it violated an agreement to set aside differences until a celebration concert held Friday. 
  • Colorado Symphony board chair Jerome Kern will also serve as the orchestra's CEO, the Denver Post reports, after current CEO Gene Sobczak resigned last week. 
  • And the Telegraph (U.K.) reports a new study that found people are twice as likely to cough in a classical concert as in normal life. German economist Andreas Wagner, who published the study, doesn't have a theory for why classical music audiences cough so much. 
Last week's poll asked: Should orchestras change the way they dress? 80% of respondents said yes. A few of the comments:
  • Our dress should reflect the times, less formality breeds accessibility.
  • As long it it looks classy, is comfortable, suits all body types, is reasonably uniform, and allows for a little bit of individuality. Easy, eh?
  • We cannot afford to dress like pop stars. They used to say we should be dressed one step better than our audience. I would hate to see us become an equally motley crew.
  • For men, business suit and tie should be the standard attire for all concerts. For women, dressy black dresses or pant suits that are comfortable for their performing requirements.
  • Formal dress looks really good and it makes the concert seem like more of a special event.
This week the Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada held webinars in English and French to discuss the recent changes. (Video of both webinars will be posted soon on the MPFC website.)
Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM President. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA, as well as NPR's Deceptive Cadence blog. Vist OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php

Orchestra Digest: January 26th

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This week: a new leaf at the Canadian Opera Company, the NLRB rules on social media policies, fundraising quagmires, and a provocative challenge to British orchestras. Here are stories we're following -- and please scroll down to answer our new weekly poll! Responses will appear here next week. 
  • The Canadian Opera Company announced its 2013-14 season this week, including high-profile directors Peter Sellars and Atom Egoyan in productions of Tristan und Isolde and Cosi fan tutte, the Toronto Star reports. Meanwhile, Globe and Mail commentator Robert Harris wonders if the Maple Leafs could learn from the Canadian Opera Company's recent success. 
  • And the Globe and Mail reports on a wooden trumpet built by COC trombonist Herb Poole and instrument-repair expert Gary Armstrong. The instrument will be heard in Tristan, premiering on January 29th. 
  • The Vancouver Symphony's two-week tour of the US west coast tour made its first stop in Seattle on Wednesday night, reviewed in the Seattle Times. The critic praised the VSO as "a supple ensemble with a big, unified sound."
  • The US National Labor Relations Board has ruled that workers have a right to discuss workplace issues and concerns on social media - whether or not that contradicts a corporate social media policy. The New York Times reports on the decisions, which give employees broader protections for certain forms of concerted activity. 
  • In a separate case involving the NLRB, a federal appeals court ruled that President Obama's recess appointments to the Board were unconstitutional, the Washington Post reports. The ruling could trigger challenges to many cases the NLRB has heard, pending appeals to the US Supreme Court. 
  • Union membership in the US fell by over 400,000 in 2012, the New York Times reported, despite overall job growth. The steep decline was attributed in part to right to work legislation in several states. 
  • A new survey of US nonprofits found widespread problems in fundraising, the LA Times reports. The report highlighted revolving-door turnover in key development positions and lack of cooperation by the board, executive directors, and other staff. 
  • The Indianapolis Symphony has a Feb. 3rd deadline to raise $5 million - and just $3.2 million raised so far, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. A shortfall could lead to re-opening negotiations, though management could keep the current contract if they feel the fundraising has been sufficient. 
  • A Minnesota legislative hearing on lockouts Wednesday was dominated by discussion of orchestras, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The committee heard testimony from management and players' representatives of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the those impacted by the state's largest lockout, at American Crystal Sugar. 
  • The Star Tribune also reports on apparent progress in talks at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A recent exchange of proposals showed some movement on both sides, though player rep Carole Mason Smith warned that the gap is still wide. 
  • New York Times classical music editor James Oestreich has accepted a buyout and will retire at the end of the month, the New York Observer reports. The NY Times is encouraging writers to accept the buyout to avoid possible layoffs. 
  • Rochester Philharmonic music director Arild Remmereit's contract has been terminated effective immediately, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. The board had earlier terminated Remmereit effective this August but this week chose to move the date, citing a lack of communication.
  • Playing classical music may lower your blood pressure, according to a Netherlands study reported in the Pacific Standard. Listening while driving may not be beneficial, though -- as reported on NPR, a British study found that participants drove more erratically to classical music than to hip-hop, heavy metal, or silence. 
  • The director of Universal Music's classical division made headlines in the Independent (U.K.) for remarks that orchestras are in "grave danger" if they don't "ride the wave of change". In a speech to the Association of British Orchestras, Max Hole called on musicians to change the way they dress, become more excited when they play and to encourage the audience to applaud whenever they want.


Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM President. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA, as well as NPR's Deceptive Cadence blog. Vist OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php

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