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: Good news from Indy and Chicago, new hires in Vancouver, the CBC slashed again, celebrating Glenn Dicterow, and much more.News from the USThe Indianapolis Symphony announced a 19% surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports. And the Chicago Symphony finished the season with $32 million in gifts from the Negaunee and Zell Family Foundations, the Chicago Tribune reports.The Shreveport (Louisiana) Symphony concluded successful negotiations, signing a 3-year musicians' agreement including modest salary increases, the Shreveport Times reports.A plan to stage Wagner's Ring cycle with a digital orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut provoked outrage, the New York Times reports. After several artists withdrew from the Hartford Wagner Festival, organizers announced that this summer's offering of Das Rheingold would be postponed.The US' main federal arts agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, has a new chair, a position which was left vacant for over a year. Jane Chu, the former head of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, has been confirmed by the Senate, the Washington Post reports.NY Times reporter David Carr wrote an essay on the paradoxes of a free music economy that loves musicians: Free Music, at Least While It Lasts.Canadian orchestra newsThe Vancouver Symphony has appointed B.C.'s Jocelyn Morlock its next composer-in-residence, the Georgia Straight reports. The VSO also renewed assistant conductor Gordon Gerrard for a two-year stint as associate conductor, and established a new "composer-in-association" position, to be filled by associate principal trumpeter Marc Goddard.A former accountant for Orchestra London sued the orchestra and raised questions about the state of its finances, the London Free Press reports. Among concerns raised by Andrea Ruth was continued involvement by her predecessor, who was no longer employed the orchestra; the lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.The Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, home of the Calgary Philharmonic, will shed its corporate name this fall, CBC News reports. Epcor, a power utility company, has not sponsored the arts centre since 2010; a new title sponsor has not yet been secured.And the CBC's latest round of cuts led employees to call for president Hubert Lacroix's resignation, the National Post reports. The announced cuts would slash staff by 25% over the next 5 years.PeopleThis weekend, Glenn Dicterow ends a legendary career as concertmaster of the New York Phlharmonic, the Wall Street Journal reports; he is featured in performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto.Earlier this month the National Symphony said farewell to six musicians and one librarian, who collectively served for 251 years, the Washington Post reports. The retiring members spoke about the history of the orchestra and highlights of their careers.The New York Times remembered Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a frequent guest conductor in North America who briefly became music director of the Montreal Symphony. Mr. Frühbeck passed away on June 11th at age 80.Julius Rudel, who passed away this week at age 93, led the New York City Opera for 22 years, the New York Times reports; last fall, he told the Times, “I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would outlive the company.”And the Florida Orchestra announced that Michael Francis will be its next music director, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The British conductor will continue as chief conductor and artistic adviser to the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.