Another Orchestra Tour

The orchestra that I used to work for just began a 20-day tour of Western Canada.  In the past week, a lot of people asked me “So, are you happy you’re not going on tour?”.  The answer is kind of complicated. Yes, for the most part, I am happy not to be on tour.  I … More Another Orchestra Tour

Orchestra Salaries

Drew McManus at is publishing his annual Orchestra Compensation Report this week. Over the next few days, Drew will be posting salaries for Executive Directors, Music Directors, Concertmasters, and core musicians from a large number of U.S. orchestras. In the U.S., non-profit organizations like symphony orchestras file tax forms that are made available to … More Orchestra Salaries

A Death in the Family

One sad fact about the orchestra business is that sooner or later, practically every orchestra is going to face a life-or-death struggle. Take a look around Canada – Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Kitchener, Toronto, Montreal – they’ve all dealt with significant financial crises in the past decade. The stories are usually remarkably similar. Expenses … More A Death in the Family