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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We're following major stories this week in Fort Worth, Texas and in Calgary...Strike in Fort WorthMusicians of the Fort Worth Symphony went on strike Thursday, the NY Times reports; season-opening performances this weekend have been cancelled.The move comes after a concessionary proposal was rejected on Sunday, the Star-Telegram reported.FWSO musicians are posting updates at their website and Facebook. Earlier this summer, they also posted a series of videos about the situation on YouTube.Petitions and concern follow cuts at Mount Royal ConservatoryCBC News reports concern and outrage among Mount Royal Conservatory students and the wider musical community, in Calgary and worldwide, after the dismissal of a highly regarded cello instructor, John Kadz, and demotion of a Conservatory administrator and distinguished violin instructor, Bill van der Sloot. Administrators said the moves were due to financial pressures.Two petitions have been launched, for the reinstatement of John Kadz and for the preservation of the Conservatory itself.OCSM Conference HighlightsThe 2016 OCSM Conference met in Calgary, August 8-12th. Five days of meetings, workshops, reports and discussion are hard to sum up in a few words, but we've compiled a two-page Conference Highlights document for a start.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. You may also want to check Orchestras Canada's Job Board, sponsored by the CFM.