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Currently Browsing: April, 2019

President's Report
Thanks to all the Local 802 musicians who came to the first membership meeting of the new administration on Feb. 27! The room was packed with well over 100 members – not only did we reach a quorum, but we

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Local 802 is thrilled to announce that Director of Organizing and Field Services Joy Winkler will be transitioning into a new role as Chief of Staff. As you may remember from her introductory article in the July 2018 issue of

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Financial Vice President's Report
Over the past decade, musicians in New York City have been deeply impacted by the collapse of several freelance orchestras. The once prolific and acclaimed Brooklyn Philharmonic (1954-2012) and the Long Island Philharmonic (1979-2016) are both extinct, as are the

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Mentoring the next generation is one of the most satisfying tasks for our members. Local 802 musicians who perform with Orchestra Long Island recently presented a student mentorship/in-school performance and instructional program called Performance Partners. Musicians were paid under a

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Announcing a new website for musicians of Broadway
Pete Donovan
  New York City is home to numerous musical communities. One of the most vibrant and multi-faceted is the family of musicians working on Broadway. There are almost 10,000 musical theater performances every year and the 1,200 musicians working on

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Diversity efforts at Local 802 become a priority
Juiliette Jones
Diversity matters. And representation matters, too. Last month, the newly-formed Diversity Committee hosted its inaugural program: a networking event intended to cultivate a safe space for attendees to listen, learn and share – listening being the most prevalent and recurring

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Rosa Avila
Diversity in musical theatre is growing in small but important ways. I have been very privileged to be part of two amazing shows back-to-back that featured diverse casts with plenty of women. Playing drums for “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

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Winning on Stage
Dr. Don Greene
Greetings to the musicians of Local 802! Thank you very much for your warm welcome this February. I am looking forward to hearing about your professional experiences and sharing some of my ideas. As a peak performance psychologist, I work

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A report released in September by the Recording Industry Association of America stated that for the first half of 2018, “streaming” accounted for 75 percent of the revenue generated by the United States music industry. The report noted that streaming

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Let’s look at a case involving jazz instructors at the New School, and a discrimination claim at a local jazz club The vast majority of legal claims that are adjudicated in this country are resolved through voluntary settlements. This makes

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Noa Kageyama, Ph.D
Whether you’re watching basketball, baseball, or, say, cricket, broadcasters will often say that an underperforming athlete is in a “slump.” I don’t know that I’ve ever thought of this phenomenon in a musical context, so my ears perked up a

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Earth Day 2019
Marc Schmied
A colleague of mine recently told me about a concept from Philip Toshio Sudo’s book “Zen Guitar” called Zoom In/Zoom Out that really spoke to me. The idea is to be able to go between focusing in on the everyday

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Earth Day 2019
Alice Stevenson
This Earth Day, on April 22, marks 49 years of the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Since 1970, hundreds of millions of people around the world have continuously come together to bring environmental issues to the forefront.

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Maria Schneider trusts her musical instincts
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Evocative. Majestic. Magical. Heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Beyond categorization. These are just some the ways that critics have described the music of Maria Schneider, a member of Local 802 since 1985. Schneider and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when

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At 10 years old, Julian Kenji Brescia is the youngest member of Local 802. Allegro recently caught up with him and asked him about his path in music so far. Here’s what he told us. I joined Local 802 when

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We have a living legend in our ranks. At 106 years old, Viola Smith – who was one of the first professional female drummers and was called the female Gene Krupa – is the oldest active member of Local 802.

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James Dion Blanchard
I joined Local 802 when I was asked to sub with the New York Philharmonic  and I figured it was about time to join the network of union musicians. I’m a flutist, and my current goals in NYC are to

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Aaron Bos
I joined Local 802 to become part of a larger network of musicians and find more performance opportunities. When I was a member of AFM Local 99 (Portland, Oregon), being in the union opened a lot of doors for me

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Chin Kim
I used to be a member of Local 802 and recently re-joined the union after taking a break. My previous union work was in jingles and other fields, and now I am playing in the pit orchestra of “Phantom of

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Natalie Cressman
I joined Local 802 when I was hired for the Broadway musical “The Cher Show.” After several years of doing nonunion freelance work in NYC, I was thrilled at the opportunity to enter the Broadway world and join the larger

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Phillip DeFranco
I re-joined Local 802 as I started to get more professional work in NYC. I want to network more and land a chair in a major orchestra or established venue or ensemble. One of my favorite recent gigs was playing

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Andrew Bourgoin
I joined Local 802 after transferring my membership from AFM Local 30-73 (Minneapolis/St. Paul). My personal goal in NYC is to music direct and conduct for musical theatre, awards shows, and concerts. One of my favorite recent gigs was conducting

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Musicians At Work
“The Cher Show,” a new biographical musical featuring a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice and directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, opened in December at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Allegro photographer Walter Karling was granted

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STANLEY APPLEBAUM Stanley Applebaum, 96, the world-renowned composer, arranger, conductor, orchestrator and pianist, died on Feb. 23. By the age of 12, Mr. Applebaum was already writing his first arrangement. A few years later, he was gigging professionally, playing club

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:11 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Cohen, Davis, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Kainuma, Paisner, Shankin. Recording Department Business Representative Pawlo

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MUSICIANS UNITE! When musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike in March, Local 802 raised our collective voice in support. Our statement of solidarity said: “The promise of a pension is a sacred one and the musicians of

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April '19
My old friend and songwriter Margo Guryan posted this  memory on Facebook: “I was once flying home from Boston, feeling sad. All my high school friends were busy marrying each other, and I felt there was nothing for me in

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