Laura Ross, ICSOM Secretary and a violinist with the Nashville Symphony, attended the MOLA conference held in Nashville in May, 2008, and was asked to address the MOLA business meeting. She offers a passionate rationale for including librarians in an orchestra’s CBA (collective bargaining agreement). Paul Gunther, principal librarian of the Minnesota Orchestra, adds his thoughts about music librarians to Laura’s comments.Read More
Orchestras are always talking about “moving to the next level,” but how exactly do they go about accomplishing that task? Is there a prescribed formula dictating which steps to take and in what order? Do the musicians simply wait for events to transpire, or can they serve a compelling force capable of inspiring the organization to reach its full artistic and economic potential?
Among the professional orchestras throughout North America, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra has encountered every possible high and low an organization can experience in a span of only 20 years. Within that period, they’ve endured everything from a dark period of bankruptcy to the exhilarating high of raising $120 million for a Symphony Center they own and operate that opens in September, 2006.
Nashville Symphony Orchestra violinist Laura Ross has been with the organization throughout that entire period and she chronicles those events for Polyphonic.org in this article and describes how the Nashville Symphony musicians played an integral role throughout every step in the process.Read More
Collective representation touches the lives of every orchestra musician at a number of contact points. Although most musicians are aware of what “the union” is, they may not realize how many facets of the union directly influence their career. One of those contact points is the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM).
In an effort to help professional orchestra musicians better understand the organizations which represent them, ICSOM secretary and Nashville Symphony violinist, Laura Ross, has written an introductory guide explaining what ICSOM is and how it connects with the musicians.Read More