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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001274.txt from 1998/04

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: Pay analysis of Full-time Orchs
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 21:44:05 -0400

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Jonathan Cohler wrote:

> It seems to me that a player in a major orchestra has a much more direct
> and substantial effect on the quality of the product than does a single
> employee of medium or large corporation.

This is very perplexing. Do you, as music director of an orchestra, ever
come to a point in the hiring process where you say, "If we hire this
candidate, we will really sell a lot more tickets."? An orchestra is not
100 individual employees, it is a single entity when it comes to affecting
the income of the orchestra. The conductor, the general manager and the
board all have more impact on the bottom line than does any one player, or
probably all the players collectively.

Ed Lacy

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