Orchestra Digest: September 3rd

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This week: ICSOM takes Philly, more on troubles in Hartford, a Strad reclaimed, and more. Here are stories we're following... 
US orchestras and the ICSOM Conference
The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) has just concluded its 53rd annual conference in Philadelphia, where Mayor Michael A. Nutter proclaimed August 26th "ICSOM Day". The Delegates also passed a resolution honouring OCSM on its 40th anniversary.
At the Grand Rapids Symphony (ICSOM's newest member), the contract expired August 31st, and musicians are leading a public campaign to bolster support, including lawn signs, an e-newsletter (subscribe here) and a free musician-produced concert on Sept. 8th, the Grand Rapids Press reports.

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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.)


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