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 MinnOrch takes Havana, hackers take over an orchestra, and a legal reversal in BC. Here are stories we're following...Orchestras and people on the move, from Havana to CalgaryThe Minnesota Orchestra is completing a historic tour of Cuba, including two concerts in Havana, the Strib reports. Many journalists (including the NY Times' Michael Cooper) and diplomats accompanied the trip; it was seen as a breakthrough in cultural relations between the two nations, as well as a brilliant performance by a reborn orchestra. The last major US orchestra to visit Cuba was the Milwaukee Symphony, in 1999.The Cincinnati Symphony signed a 4-year labour agreement, which will increase the orchestra's size by 14 musicians, the NY Times reports. The orchestra has been bolstering its endowment and seeing rising attendance under music director Louis Langrée.Melia Peters Tourangeau will be the next President/CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Post-Gazette reports. Ms. Tourangeau leaves the Utah Symphony, where she has led a successful stint since 2008.
The Calgary Philharmonic announced its 2015-16 season, the Calgary Herald reports, including a festival of fairy tales and legends, expanded forays into new and familiar venues, and a healthy dose of Brahms and Mahler.Canadian music directors take their bows
Saskatchewan conferred its highest honour, the Order of Merit, on departing Regina Symphony music director Victor Sawa, the Leader-Post reports. Sawa just completed his 18th season as RSO music director.While he's not finished yet as music director of the Edmonton Symphony, Bill Eddins spoke candidly with the Edmonton Journal about next chapters, both his own and that of the symphonic art form.And the newest Canadian music director is Gemma New, a 28-year-old New Zealand native who has just been appointed by the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Spec reports. New is currently the associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony.A major ruling in BC, and more news from Canadian orchestras
The Court of Appeal of British Columbia has overturned the provincial Supreme Court's ruling last year, which set aside the AFM's trusteeship of the Vancouver Musicians' Association (Local 145). The AFM website celebrated the decision, though it's not yet clear whether the trusteeship will resume.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is staging a "hackathon" next weekend, Communitech reports, and challenging tech-savvy music lovers to #HackTheOrchestra. Music director Edwin Outwater considers what that might mean, and the parallels between coding and music-making.
And the Windsor Symphony announced a major donation from the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, a Catholic order that operated a long-standing music school in the region, the Windsor Star reports.
Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php. Visit OCSM on Facebook, or tweet us @ocsm-omosc.