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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000733.txt from 1998/03

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: RE: Full time Orch jobs
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 00:07:23 -0500

On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, J. Michael Norsworthy wrote:

> Only 18.... wow, guess that says something doesn't it?
> On Wednesday, March 11, 1998 8:18 AM, bkinlein []
> wrote:
> > According to an officer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, there
> > are 18 full-time now.

Yes, it says that the information is incorrect. Let's name a few
full-time orchestras:

Atlanta, Austin, TX, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, LA, Boston, Buffalo,
Charlotte, NC, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, OH, Dallas,
Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Louisville, Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra, NY, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Nashville, TN, National
(Washington), New York Philharmonic, Oregon, Philadelphia, Phoenix,
Pittsburgh, Richmond, VA, St. Louis, St. Paul Chamber Orch., San Antonio,
San Francisco, Seattle, and Utah.

That list includes 34 full-time orchestras. There probably are others
(some of the Florida orchestras, New Orleans, Denver, North
Carolina/Raleigh), as well as several additional ones which employ a "core
orchestra" full-time (such as Fort Wayne, IN, and others). Further, a few
of those on the list above, while they call themselves full-time, actually
barely pay a living wage.

So, the situation is bleak enough, but not quite so bad as if there were
only 18 full-time orchestras.

BTW, this list came from information supplied to the World Almanac by the
American Symphony Orchestra League.

Ed Lacy
Dr. Edwin Lacy University of Evansville
Professor of Music 1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722 (812)479-2754

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