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Re: “Annotating the Music

This is a really troubling op-ed coming from a symphony board leader.
The comment about musicians only playing 20 hours a week is incredibly misleading. Mr. Green surely knows that the industry standard is for musicians to play eight 2.5 hour "services" (rehearsals or concerts) per week, which is a lot of playing. To call that part-time is to say that any teacher who isn´t in class, in front of students, 8 hours per day, five days per week, is "part time." Or a surgeon in the operating room. It´s not just the time you´re doing the "public" part of the job that counts.
As for "unused services," you will always have some musicians who play more services than others, because different pieces require different instruments. A violinist is likely to play more than a tuba player. But if you are going to have an orchestra that is a true ensemble and not just a bunch of hired hands, you probably need to eat some services; it´s paying for availability.
Running an orchestra is difficult; even sold out houses don´t generate a profit. But it´s the responsibility of the board to provide the resources necessary to run the institution. At current salary levels it´s hard to argue that musician costs are the problem. And if the amount of money at stake is really the $50,000/year or so I have read, then the board should really be embarrassed. That´s chump change, even in Spokane, even in a recession.

Posted by MacroV on 11/21/2012 at 10:42 AM

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