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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001550.txt from 1998/04

From: "Kevin Fay" <>
Subj: Re: Pay analysis of Full-time Orchs
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 17:12:09 -0400

Jonathan's analysis is out to lunch on this point. When I was in
private practice, many instances came to my attention where one of a
corporate client's employees made an error that brought the entire
business down. It doesn't even need to be something unethical or
illegal--think of a construction company, when a foreman bids a job too
low. You can lose millions on a big project through one underling's
bungling. Another example--installing the brakes wrong in an
18-wheeler. The $100 million lawuist (not a typo) could easily bankrupt
your truck dealership.

Sure, if the 2d clarinet player stinks, the symphony may sound bad. But
the botched passage won't make the orchestra fold into bankruptcy.


----Original Message Follows----
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 20:44:05 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subject: Re: Pay analysis of Full-time Orchs

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Jonathan Cohler wrote:

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

This is very perplexing. Do you, as music director of an orchestra,
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
100 individual employees, it is a single entity when it comes to
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,
probably all the players collectively.

Ed Lacy

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