31. March 2008 · Comments Off on Problems · Categories: Ramble

I apologize to any of you who have tried to comment and not had your comment posted; something is definitely awry, and I’m trying to “despam” comments as I find them, but I frequently receive a failure message when I do that. I’m not sure what it’s about, but we did just recently update this site so maybe there’s a glitch somewhere. I’m sure it’ll be fixed soon. I’m optimistic that way. ;-)

31. March 2008 · Comments Off on Even More Difficult Than Getting That Oboe Position? · Categories: Ramble

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra has received 226 applicants from all over the world for the position of music director and conductor to replace Amy Mills.

Jim Gallagher, chairman of the conductor search committee, said he is stunned by the overwhelming interest in the job.
“Everyone is flabbergasted by the quantity and quality of applicants,” Gallagher said. “We’re not sure what it means. This position is really a part-time job that pays in the range of $45,000 to $55,000.”

I didn’t even know there was a La Crosse Symphony Orchestra until now. (They have a very ugly site, don’t you think?)

Another roster to be added to my double reed musicians in US orchestra page*. Eventually. (Taxes are calling out to me. I’m trying to plug my ears, but I know I have to hop to it!)

*page since deleted (if you miss it, let me know!)

31. March 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

… for the first time, no symphony violinists will carry on their instruments, on the chance that Delta could turn them away at the gate at CVG.

They are putting them in specially designed crates, so the article tells us later, because Delta is notorious for forbidding violins; they are just a bit too long for carry on rules. There was, as you can read below, a boycott for a while. (I never fly Delta anyway.)

The difficulties musicians have had with Delta while attempting to carry onboard their delicate and irreplaceable instruments caused the American Federation of Musicians to call for a boycott of the airline in 2006. Even though the union lifted the ban last April when Delta pledged to allow small instruments onboard, each flight crew may still decide what is allowed in the cabin.

So the flight crew gets to decide what goes on? Hmmm. Maybe they could also reject overly perfumed flyers and the ones who talk far too much? Ya think?

If I were a violinist I think I’d be so worried I’d probably not sleep for the entire flight. It’s not so much the damage that might occur (I’m assuming the orchestra packs those things incredibly well), but just letting go of such an expensive instrument and trusting I’ll see it at the end of the flight.

I’m betting the oboists all have their instruments with them.

No knives, though.