“It does not really surprise me” that so many orchestras and operas are struggling, says Tim Page, professor at the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing on classical music. “What really surprised me is that it is getting into the big leagues. .. The small orchestras are probably going to bite the dust. … I say that with great sadness.”

So, are you wondering? The names I saw on the list came as no surprise to me. Here’s the first page of the article, and on this second page you’ll find the list.


  1. What is happening is not in the least bit surprising. In the 1990’s, we blamed it on the invention of CD recordings, now we blame it on Internet sharing of MP3s. But really, these are only by-products of a much more sinister condition: the very fabric of our society is about getting the poor to increase the pockets of the rich (capitalism being no better than communism). Orchestras need audiences who pay for tickets and give donations. But the masses are being educated to buy iPods and such. Live performances simply don’t matter anymore as we turn to You-Tube for our entertainment. Believe me that the CEOs and shareholders for these techno-companies are happy! They will respond with “You-Tube Symph. Orch.2011″…. right, a bunch of young performers for one summer… not several generations of livelihood! There IS monarchy in the western world, and it’s those people who twist the values of the masses away from natural inclinations towards artifice and vanity!

  2. I think that is one issue that does cause problems, but I think there are other issues as well. I won’t go into them here, though … don’t want to anger my colleagues! :-)

  3. I think the root of the problem is lack of music education in schools.