“Young people are ignorant” and “old people don’t listen” are two stereotypes which persevere in the rank and file of orchestra musicians too often. Even though some stereotypes can be rooted in truth, Richmond Symphony violinist Tim Judd is proof that young musicians aren’t all ignorant.
As a musician who isn’t even a full season beyond his 20’s Tim has been with the RSO since 2002 and began serving on committees and actively participating in other sponsored professional development activities shortly after his arrival. During that time, he has come to realize that being a productive member of his orchestra includes more than just being a good musician.
After reading his contribution, I think you’ll agree that Tim’s perspective on the business demonstrates an understanding which exceeds his tenure. The rationalization behind his belief that having the musicians act with a collective will is a key component of effective institutional stewardship will leave you thinking about whether or not the musicians in your own organization communicate well enough to accomplish this task.
Any orchestra would be fortunate to count among its ranks a young musician who has such a conscientious understanding of their professional responsibilities as does Tim.Read More