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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This week: Met Opera reaches a deal, TSO tours Europe, great strides in Pittsburgh and Louisville, and a bass trombonist's remarkable comeback...Behind the scenes at the operaMonday's tentative Metropolitan Opera agreement included compromises on both sides, the New York Times reports. Musicians agreed to wage cuts, but management agreed to share those cuts, and to bring on an independent financial analyst to help keep the Met's budget under control.The Canadian Opera Company has a new senior staff position, Chief Communications Officer, according to a press release posted on Broadway World. Steven Kelley, formerly director of marketing at the Houston Grand Opera, has been hired for the new position.
Canadian newsThis weekend the Toronto Symphony is on tour in Europe for the first time since 2000; the Toronto Star offers a numerical account of the tour, which included stops in Amsterdam and Helsinki.Tri-City News reports on the remarkable recovery of Vancouver Symphony bass trombonist Douglas Sparkes, who suffered a severe stroke in September 2011; he has been back with the VSO since Dec. 2012.The Saskatoon Symphony is launching its 2014-15 season under the theme "Finding our Prairie Voice", the Star Phoenix reports. The SSO's guest artists are exclusively Canadian, and 14 are Saskatchewan natives.
US orchestrasOregon Symphony musicians agreed to extend their contract with a pay freeze for one year, The Oregonian reports. The OS administration has a new leader, Scott Showalter, and musicians' union announced they wanted to give him time before negotiating a new contract.A recent audit of the Pittsburgh Symphony's finances showed an impressive recovery, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports - including a rise in net assets and endowment, and a reduced operating deficit.And four years after it filed for bankruptcy, the Louisville Orchestra is in the black, the Courier-Journal reports. The orchestra finished with a $20K surplus for 2013-14; new music director Teddy Abrams launches the 2014-15 season on Sept. 6th.
Compiled by Matt Heller, Calgary Philharmonic and OCSM Past President. http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php.