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Star Spangled Controversies

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Star Spangled Controversies By Beth Zare, Local 6 Secretary-Treasurer September and October are the months that most of our Bay Area regional orchestras start their seasons. Many of those orchestras play the Star Spangled Banner (SSB) at the beginning of their first concerts. While both the Oakland Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic chose to omit the […]

Remembering Randy Keith

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By Jo Gray, Board of Directors February 12 1958 – August 25 2017 It’s with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend and colleague Randy Keith. Such a goofy, lanky, soft spoken, gentle giant, a fine musician, teacher, mentor, friend, husband, uncle,brother and son. I’ve been reflecting on his life and […]

ROPA Conference 2017 Report

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Report on ROPA conference Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel Phoenix, AZ August 1-3, 2017 By Gigi Dang, Delegate for Symphony Silicon Valley and the Monterey Symphony David Granger, Substitute Delegate for the Oakland Symphony Laurien Jones, Delegate for the California Symphony Andrew Lewis, Delegate for the Santa Rosa Symphony The ROPA conference ran from August 1-3 […]

Musicians Indivisible SF by Barbara Bogatin, Local 6 & San Francisco Symphony Symphony Member

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Musicians Indivisible SF by Barbara Bogatin, Local 6 & San Francisco Symphony Symphony Member “…Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” a phrase we have all spoken countless times since we mindlessly memorized the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school. These words have taken on new meaning since the 2016 election, as many of us […]

My Step-Mom, My Hero by Alex Walsh

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My Step-Mom, My Hero by Alex Walsh Yesterday I attended a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall honoring my Step-mother, Conny Ford, for Women’s History Month. She was nominated by District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim for her work spearheading the campaign for Free City College in San Francisco. Now I can go back to college for […]