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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Industry news: TSO surplus amid board exodus; new hall in Milwaukee
The Toronto Symphony posted an $831k surplus for 2015-16, with increases in administrative expenses balanced by an unusually large contribution of $5m from the Toronto Symphony Foundation, the Globe and Mail reports.
News of a shake-up on the TSO Board followed soon after the annual report. Board Chair Richard Phillips departed along with four of five other executive committee members, including Sonia Baxendale, the interim CEO last season following Jeff Melanson's resignation. The Globe and Mail reported on the leadership change, though little explanation was given.
Musicians of the Slovenian Philharmonic went on strike earlier this month in response to abusive behaviour by recently appointed music director Uroš Lajovic, Slipped Disc reports. They are calling for the dismissal of Lajovic as well as general director Damjan Damjanovič. The International Federation of Musicians issued a statement last week in support of the striking musicians.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, known for innovations in programming and accessibility, reported a $245k surplus for 2015-16, setting records in numbers of households attending and ticket revenue, the Star Tribune reports.
An abandoned theatre may provide a new home for the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM) reports. The MSO has raised over half of the $120m needed to convert the Warner Grand Theatre into a concert hall.
Canada and culture: Female conductors; NAC makeover
"Why are there so few female conductors?", The Walrus Magazine asks this month, noting that while Canadian women are among the field's rising stars, the gender gap persists.
Last week the Vancouver city council unanimously approved a motion recognizing arts and culture as one of four "pillars" of sustainable development, the Georgia Straight reports. Cities around the world, including several in Canada, have adopted a policy statement to this effect, Agenda 21.
First built 50 years ago, the National Arts Centre may finally achieve its founder's vision after a major renovation, the Globe and Mail reports. The renovations will expand the Centre's size, scope, and reach across the nation - while moving the main entrance to face the city.
Sing-Along Messiah; Winnipeg welcomes refugees; early music ed in Montreal
Tafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah turned 30 this year, the Toronto Star reports. The event has become a beloved tradition for many. Conductor Ivars Taurins spoke with Tom Powers last week on CBC Radio's Q.
The Winnipeg Symphony will welcome refugees with free admission to a concert showcasing multicultural dance traditions in February, MetroNews reports.
Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony are bringing early music instruction to preschoolers at École St-Rémi Annexe in Montreal North, CBC reports. The program, La Musique aux Enfants, will extend over two years with intensive daily lessons.
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