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: The TSO signs a record deal, while the VSO plans a Whistler institute; Met Opera threatens lockout; and remembering Lorin Maazel. Here are stories we're following...New initiatives & a new hireA new Chandos recording contract will yield 3 new Toronto Symphony Orchestra recordings, a press release on Broadway World announced. The first record, featuring Sheherezade, was already recorded in a live concert in June 2013.The Vancouver Symphony will establish a new orchestral institute in Whistler, Pique News reported. The 8-day course will draw young musicians to study with VSO musicians.Simon MacDonald is the new concertmaster of the Regina Symphony, the Leader-Post reported. MacDonald was most recently a member of the Winnipeg Symphony's first violin section.Negotiations and financial newsMetropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb warned last week that musicians, choristers, stagehands, and other workers would likely be locked out if a new contract isn't reached by this Thursday. The New York Times reported the announcement, which came in the form of a letter to employees.The Hawaii Symphony signed a two-year contract with musicians, KITV-Honolulu reports, including two additional weeks; other details were not immediately available.The Winnipeg Symphony admitted responsibility in a workplace accident two years ago, and will pay $5,000 in fines and victim surcharges, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.The US Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation released findings, reported in New York Times, showing that many multi-employer pension plans (most often associated with unions) are severely underfunded.Conductors in the newsRochester native Ward Stare is the new music director of the Rochester Philharmonic, City Newspaper reports. Stare, 31, recently completed 4 years as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony.Laszlo Gati, former music director of the Victoria and Windsor Symphonies, died last week in Vancouver, the Windsor Star reports. Gati also performed as a violinist with the Montreal Symphony in the 1960's; he was 89.And many news outlets - including the New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - celebrated the career of Lorin Maazel, who died this month at age 84.