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El Sistema Founder Dies by Josephine Gray

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El Sistema Founder Dies by Josephine Gray Changing the trajectory of children’s lives: Music education and its benefits. I want to pay tribute to a personal hero, a dreamer, a visionary, an economist and most importantly a music teacher and conductor. José Abreu, the award-winning founder of a project that saved thousands of Venezuelan children […]

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 […]