Recent controversy (March 2009) involving the Phoenix Symphony, its Music Director, Michael Christie and several of its musicians have gained attention in the orchestral music world. Mr. Christie’s attempt to fire or demote several players has been met with legal challenges and lawsuits alleging age discrimination. Polyphonic Senior Editor Robert Levine uses the Phoenix mess to reflect on age, gender and race discrimination in orchestras.Read More
By ROBIN POGREBIN New York Times January 25, 2009 Read this article from the New York TimesRead More
Polyphonic’s tribute to Ron BauersRead More
This is Polyphonic.org’s tribute to those of our colleagues and co-workers who left us in 2008. By its nature it is almost certainly not a complete list. We apologize for any omissions, and will make corrections if you post them in the “Comments” area.Read More
This is Polyphonic.org’s tribute to those of our colleagues and co-workers who left us in 2007. By its nature it is almost certainly not a complete list. We apologize for any omissions, and will make corrections if you post them in the “Comments” area.
New this year are hyperlinks to additional information; click on the name of the individual to find out more about them.Read More
I spent all last week (June 17 – 23, 2007) attending two meetings: the 97th Convention of the American Federation of Musicians in Las Vegas and the 62nd National Conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League in Nashville. They couldn’t have been more different.Read More
I read a first draft of Robert Levine’s primer on Robert’s Rules of Order at a break in rehearsal — my colleagues refused to believe that an article about parliamentary procedure had caused me to laugh out loud. But indeed, Robert’s description of how to use Robert’s Rules to run an orchestra meeting is very entertaining, as well as very informative. I don’t believe you’ll ever think about meeting procedures the same way (nor be intimidated by them), once you’ve read this article!Read More
This is Polyphonic.org’s tribute to those of our colleagues and co-workers who left us in 2006. By its nature it is almost certainly not a complete list. We apologize for any omissions, and will make corrections if you post them in the “Comments” area.Read More
About the orchestra Listen to l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal The first, and most important fact to know about the Montreal Symphony/Orchestre de Montréal (OSM) is that it’s a wonderful orchestra. I heard them during a recording session a number of years ago and was blown away, both by the beauty of the sound and the[…]Read More
To IBB or Not To IBB
Interest-based bargaining (IBB), non-confrontational negotiating, mutual-gains bargaining, win-win bargaining – no matter what you call it, symphony musicians disagree vehemently about whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Robert Levine has written a thoughtful essay that explores this disagreement about IBB. Robert presents a brief history of the evolution of symphony players’ negotiating their own contracts, and then goes on to discuss the pros and cons of adopting non-traditional bargaining techniques.
Whether you believe that IBB can encourage more creative solutions, or believe that IBB results in bad outcomes for musicians, you’ll find this essay provocative yet balanced. To continue this discussion, the Orchestra Musicians’ Forum has selected Robert’s essay as the subject of our first Virtual Panel Discussion, moderated by Drew McManus and beginning on April 17th.
To IBB or Not To IBB first appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of Symphony, the magazine of the American Symphony Orchestra League. Used by permission.Read More