Is it possible that the conductor likes pretty young women and would prefer to be surrounded by them in the orchestra? After all, his present wife is the orchestra’s principal cellist. This would be perfectly understandable, and a sign of a healthy, youthful heterosexual male. It is confession time: during my decades in orchestras there have been numerous times when I have voted and spoken for such candidates myself. These young ladies probably got their jobs based on their Cuteness Factor, as others in the audition committee, and the conductor, who had the final say, felt the same way. Sorry guys, you don’t seem to be as much fun to be around with. Is this morally right? Of course not, and many of the people in question have proven to be disappointing professionally; even the cuteness disappears quickly. But it is part of human nature.

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  1. Ah! Working now…

    Amanda Forsyth is his wife…although, I didn’t know they were married. I knew her from Calgary–taught some friends of mine. Quite the scandal with her and Pinky when they hooked up several years ago.

    Yikes indeed though; I’ve heard people talk like this before. Isn’t that some men’s justification for NOT having pretty young women in the orchestra? Distraction?

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    So I guess we really DO need those screens! I had thought we’d moved past this problem. Silly me. Sometimes I’m so naive.

    I was surprised that this guy would admit all this, though; I suppose that takes some sort of bravery. Of course he’s a former concermaster. I suppose he’s “safe” now that he’s not on stage.

    Ah the struggles in men’s lives. 😉