• Orchestra Digest: Nov. 1st

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    This week: Pit news from Ottawa and Toronto, London approves orchestral funding, and musician fashion turns heads in San Antonio. Here are stories we're following...
    Pit bulletins
    A hopeful note for Ottawa's Opera Lyra, which ceased operations last month: Timothy Vernon has taken the cause to funders, politicians, and community leaders, with hopes to re-form the board and (perhaps) revive the organization, the Ottawa Citizen reports
    The National Ballet of Canada finished the 2014-15 season with a modest surplus, the Globe and Mail reports. The company has been in the black for the past six seasons; the current season will feature the first Ballet's first new full-length Canadian commission in 10 seasons. 
    The Canadian Opera Company also pulled in with a slight surplus, its fifth straight, the Globe and Mail reports. COC is currently presenting Barbara Monk Feldman's Pyramus and Thisbe, its first Canadian premiere in 16 years; both the Globe and Mail and CBC previewed the new work.
    More Canadian news
    London's city council approved funding for a professional orchestral organization, to be allocated by the London Arts Council, AM 980 News reports. The WePlayOn Musicians (formerly musicians of Orchestra London) will have to incorporate as a new organization in order to apply for the funds. 
    The Hamilton Philharmonic is the beneficiary of a new granting organization, the Hamilton Community Foundation, with funds to support strategic planning and development, the Spectator reports. The HCF has a mandate to supplement the city's arts funding.
    Toronto Symphony principal violist Teng Li joined the orchestra at age 21, though her path had already included some unlikely turns, as the Toronto Star reports in a profile. This year marks her 10th anniversary with the TSO.
    The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony celebrated its 70th anniversary last week, the Waterloo Region Record reports. Until he 1970s, the orchestra was mainly amateur, but made the transition to fully professional under music director Raffi Armenian
    Orchestras Canada is now offering its weekly news bulletins in an altered format, with bilingual content. You can check out the current week's edition and sign up for weekly delivery here.
    News from the US and ICSOM's Senza Sordino
    Violinist Kyu-Young Kim is now the Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, even as he continues to perform as principal second violin. The Star Tribune reports on Mr. Kim's unprecedented role and the orchestra's unique leadership structure. 
    Orchestras rarely make fashion headlines, but the San Antonio Symphony is an exception. An upcoming concert will feature designs specially prepared for orchestra musicians, which you can see for yourself in the photos and video accompanying this Express News report.
    And ICSOM's Senza Sordino newsletter is now available in a beautifully-produced online format, which allows you to share individual articles. The most recent includes a conference report, an eloquent essay on musician depression, and an update from WePlayOn Musician Thea Boyd - you can also check out the full edition here.
    Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: Visit OCSM on Facebook, or tweet us @ocsm-omosc.
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