OCSM Resolution: Save the Hartford Symphony

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The following resolution was passed by Delegates to the

2015 OCSM/OMOSC Conference:


OCSM Resolution: Support for Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Whereas, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra represents over 70 years of live, symphonic music of the highest quality; and

Whereas, the musicians of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra face proposals from management including draconian reductions in service guarantees and approximately 40% in pay cuts; and

Whereas, this same proposed contract would commit HSO musicians to remain available for services their management cannot guarantee will take place or be paid, curtailing their ability to earn an income; and

Whereas, in trying circumstances, OCSM/OMOSC Musicians have historically supported our colleagues in ICSOM and ROPA orchestras; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Delegates to the 2015 OCSM/OMOSC Conference affirm the importance of maintaining live symphonic music in Hartford, Connecticut; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Delegates join with our ROPA colleagues in urging the management of the Hartford Symphony to provide a fair and equitable agreement on wages and working conditions so that its musicians can continue to support their families and maintain their high level of performance.


Adopted by OCSM/OMOSC Delegates, August 11, 2015.

ICSOM Resolution: OCSM at 40

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The following Resolution was adopted on 8/29/15 at the 2015 ICSOM Conference in Philadelphia, PA:

Honoring OCSM on its 40th anniversary

Whereas, During its first thirteen years of existence, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) included the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphonies amongst its membership; and

Whereas, The Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians/Organisation des musiciens d'orchestre symphonique du Canada (OCSM/OMOSC) was founded in 1975 to address the specific concerns of Canadian orchestras; and 

Whereas, The 2015 OCSM/OMOSC Conference representing over 1,100 musicians working under collective agreements in twenty Canadian orchestras marked the 40th anniversary of this historic organization; and

Whereas, OCSM/OMOSC has played a critical role in the positive advocacy of the artistic and cultural environment in Canada and throughout North America; and

Whereas, The musicians of OCSM/OMOSC, along with their elected leadership, have extended tremendous friendship and invaluable support to the musicians of ICSOM throughout their shared history; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That the officers and delegates to the 2015 ICSOM Conference extend their sincere congratulations to OCSM/OMOSC on the occasion of its 40th anniversary; and, be it further

Resolved, That the musicians and leadership of ICSOM pledge their continued support and friendship to the musicians and leadership of OCSM/OMOSC as we look forward to the next 40 years of unity between our organizations.


Hommage aux 40 ans de l'OCSM

ATTENDU QU'au cours de ses treize premières années d'existence, la Conférence internationale des musiciens  d'orchestres symphoniques et d'opéra (ICSOM) comprenaient les orchestres de Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver et Winnipeg  parmi ses membres; 

ATTENDU QUE, l'Organisation des musiciens d'orchestre symphonique du Canada/The Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OMOSC/OCSM) a été fondée en 1975 pour répondre aux préoccupations propres aux orchestres canadiens; 

ATTENDU QUE, la Conférence de l'OMOSC/OCSM de 2015, représentant plus de 1100 musiciens travaillant en vertu des conventions collectives de vingt orchestres canadiens, marquait le 40e anniversaire de cette organisation historique;

ATTENDU QUE, l'OMOSC/OCSM a joué un rôle crucial en plaidant en faveur d'un environnement culturel et artistique au Canada et partout en Amérique du Nord; 

ATTENDU QUE, les musiciens de l'OMOSC/OCSM, de concert avec leurs dirigeants élus, ont témoigné une grande amitié et un soutien inestimable aux musiciens de l'ICSOM tout au long de leur histoire commune; 


Il est résolu que les agents et les délégués à la Conférence de l'ICSOM de 2015 expriment leurs sincères félicitations à l'OMOSC/OCSM à l'occasion de son 40e anniversaire;

Il est en outre résolu que les musiciens et les dirigeants de l'ICSOM promettent leur amitié et leur soutien continu aux musiciens et dirigeants de l'OMOSC/OCSM alors que nous attendons avec impatience les prochaines 40 années de coopération entre nos organisations.

~ Adopted by unanimous consent (thanks to Laurence Hofmann and Robert Fraser for reading the translation at the conference.)


Orchestra Digest: July 31

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This week: Good news from US orchestras; Vancouver Opera's shrinking season; and remembering Vic Firth.
US and international news
Hartford Symphony musicians and supporters rallied outside the concert hall on Thursday, WNPR reports. The musicians went public with details from their management's latest contract proposal, which would cut pay by 40%. Polyphonic.org contributor Steve Metcalf also posted about the dispute.
Russian-born conductor Kirill Petrenko will become the next music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, the NY Times reports. The orchestra's musicians choose their own music director in a private election; Petrenko will take over from Simon Rattle in 2018.
Several US orchestras reported positive news: the Oregonian reports on the Oregon Symphony, which set records for ticket sales and contributions last season; the Indianapolis Symphony saw ticket sales jump 15%, according to the Indy Business Journal; and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Symphony finished with a surplus, which will help restore the orchestra's size to 88 players. 
Vic Firth, the legendary principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony, passed away this week at age 85, NPR reports. Firth was also renowned as an entrepreneur, creating his own brand of percussion equipment.
News from across Canada
Beginning in 2017, the Vancouver Opera will switch to a spring festival format, producing 3 operas in 3 weeks, the Georgia Straight reports. The move comes amid concerns about sustainability and declining audience; but many were disappointed, including VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey, who spoke out on Twitter.
The Calgary Philharmonic named Paul Dornian its next President/CEO, effective this month, the Calgary Herald reports. Dornian most recently led Calgary's Mount Royal University through a major expansion, and has been a board member and board chair of the CPO.
CBC News profiled Gemma New, the recently appointed music director of the Hamilton PhilharmonicAt just 28, New joins a small minority of female music directors, in Canada and worldwide. 
And the Toronto Star's Once Upon a City column remembered the Toronto Symphony's inaugural season, in 1923, performing Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorak. "The 58 players received $3.95 each for the hour-long concert and four rehearsals. But it wasn’t so much money that motivated them as a desire to tackle a more challenging repertoire than that of vaudeville shows and movie theatres."

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.
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