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 League talks diversity; troubles and innovation at TSO; Jane Little's passing; and a new post for Yannick. Here are stories we're following...Business news and conferencesThe League of American Orchestras meets this weekend in Baltimore - a majority African-American city - highlighting issues of diversity in the predominantly white orchestral industry, the Baltimore Sun reports. Baltimore Symphony MD Marin Alsop, historian Earl Lewis, and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson will discuss diversification and wider societal trends.The Toronto Symphony's leadership troubles and a potential $4 million plus deficit fuelled worry and speculation, including a Toronto Star analysis by columnist Martin Knelman. The TSO plans to sell a rare viola to its own foundation, the Globe and Mail reports, while also launching a major fundraising campaign. According to unnamed sources, current negotiations may lead to a pay freeze for musicians.The TSO's recent innovations include "Listening Guide", a graphic representation of musical elements and structure. Examples were featured on the UK blog Creative Review.Canadian teenager Amanda Todd became a tragic figure in 2012, when she took her own life amid vicious cyberbullying; a new work by Jocelyn Morlock brings her story to the stage with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, CBC News reports.The OCSM Conference is in Calgary this August 8-12, with open sessions from August 9-11. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend; contact us or fill in our registration form for more information.New hires and farewellsAtlanta Symphony bassist Jane Little's dramatic passing made worldwide headlines, including an appreciation by bassist colleague Michael Kurth on ArtsATL. Ms. Little joined the ASO in 1945, at the age of 16, and continued until her collapse onstage on May 15th.Yannick Nézet-Séguin's meteoric rise reached new heights last week, with his appointment as music director designate of the Metropolitan Opera, the NY Times reports.Vancouver Symphony concertmaster Dale Bartrop is returning to his birth country to join the Australian String Quartet and co-concertmaster the Melbourne Symphony. The Vancouver Sun reported on Bartrop's move, and his legacy at the VSO.The Grand Rapids Symphony named Brazilian-born Marcelo Leninger its music director designate for the 2017-18 season, MLive reports.The Thunder Bay Symphony announced that Dave Boshcoff, a former MP, City Councillor, and Mayor, will lead a major new fundraising initiative. The press release is available at NetNewsLedger.This weekend, the Calgary Philharmonic wishes farewell to music director Roberto Minczuk and to several outstanding retiring musicians. The Herald spoke with the outgoing maestro, and with retiring principal trumpet emeritus Howard Engstrom. I usually stay behind the curtain, but this week I want to send a shout-out to all the wonderful colleagues leaving us, and especially to our principal bassist, Chuck Garrett. You built this; we'll miss you.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.Orchestras Canada's weekly, bilingual newsletter features even more news from Canadian orchestras as well as advocacy information - click here to read the latest edition and sign up for delivery to your inbox each Wednesday.