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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001277.txt from 1998/04

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Pay analysis of Full-time Orchs
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 22:14:46 -0400

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Jonathan Cohler wrote:
> Are you saying that orchestra members are less valuable to the financial
> success of an orchestra (~100 members) than an employee of, for example,
> Microsoft (which has tens of thousands of employees)? Does one employee at
> Microsoft make as big an impact on the quality of Microsofts products as
> does one player in a 100-member orchestra?

The issue never was what one member can is how one goes about
getting that one member. That can be achieved without inviting 200
people....and to an orchestra, that IS cost effective. Even Jonathan can
see that! If he can't there is a bit of denial going on.

> 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.

And there are many qualified people to be that player.....usually not the
inexperienced one.

Roger Garrett

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