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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000054.txt from 2011/04

From: Sean Osborn <>
Subj: [kl] Rumors
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:05:40 -0400

Dear list,

I'm sure we've all heard "stories" about musicians. Perhaps you can
identify with my current situation.

It is to be expected that those in the public eye have rumors being
told about them - even for someone with as small a public persona as
I have. Recently, I have found that false rumors have started to
damage my reputation, even with people I have never met. I am
surprised by people's willingness to believe rumors and hearsay, but
I know it is now time for me speak up.

Over the years, I have heard many strange rumors about myself and my
friends and colleagues in the music business, but recently one rumor
has grown too big to ignore any longer.

In 2000 I voluntarily left the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under no
pressure from management, to pursue other career opportunities -
solo, chamber, compositional, and educational. I have enjoyed a rich
and varied career since then. In 2009, I chose to leave the
University of Washington because of budget cuts affecting my hours
and benefits. I'm very happy that a dear friend of 25 years has
filled this position at UW and is doing a wonderful job. These
changes in my career were my choosing and not because of an
involuntary termination. If you want to know more details, or
compare the truth with what you heard, just ask me.

I have always been a very open, frank, and honest person. I don't
believe in passing rumors about people I don't know and situations I
was not involved in. I would hope that others would do the same.
Please help stop the rumors about me and others.


Sean Osborn

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