7-16-2010 update - JOINT announcement Monday, July 19 - 10:00 AM Symphony House on Woodlawn avenue
7-13-2010 update - waiting for the joint announcement
7-11-2010 update - Countdown to Monday July 12 - "To be or not to be". That is the question
7-7- 2010 . . . . . An update to current contract negotiations -
The Board will meet again with the SSO Negotiating Committee and Musicians' Union Representative on Monday July 12, time and place TBA.
The July 1st, 2010 deadline has been extended to end of business day, Tuesday July 6 for contract negotiations between the SSO Board, the Musicians of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Musicians' Union, so I thought now would be the perfect time to feature our members in a photo collage at the top of my blog in the header. The collage includes members of other orchestras in the area as well as the SSO. Every day another SSO musician will be featured.
I was the Personnel Manager of the SSO for 32 years and also a horn player in the orchestra when each current Full Time Contract Musician auditioned for and won a position in our orchestra. ALL current 24 full time players except for two were living in other parts of the country at the time of their audition. These players are often referred to as Core Players because they are the unit of the orchestra which are required to be available for ALL SSO services whether daytime or nighttime. They are the musicians who perform ensemble educational programs in our schools in addition to the larger orchestral services that the SSO has offered for many years. Each has an individual contract with the SSO.
Per Service Contract Musicians also audition for our orchestra. Some live in town or in the area and others live as far away Houston, Dallas and Kansas. Each has an individual contract with the SSO.
Other members of our orchestra are Extras, they have no individual contract with the SSO, but play on a regular basis. Some may play as needed for the instrumentation required for a particular orchestra concert.
Steven Curtis, SSO Principal Per service Contract Tuba, the newest contracted musician with the SSO
SSO Per Service Contract Principal Bass Trombonist Dr. J. Mark Thompson playing Cimbasso for an opera
Richard Watson, SSO Per Service Contract Second Trumpet
SSO Per Service Contract Second Trombone, Jonathan Hinton
Dr. Michael Davidson, SSO Per service Contract Principal Trombone
SSO Per Service Contract Second Clarinetist, Sandra Clark
Stewart Williams, SSO Per Service Contract Second Oboe
Johnette LeBlanc, SSO Per service Contract Section Violinist, also playing viola
Joe Cooper, SSO Per Service Contract Violinist, a longtime member
SSO Full Time Contract Violinist Henry Edwards
SSO Full Time Contract 'Cellist David Jankowski
Kristina Vaska-Haas, SSO Full Time Contract Section 'Cellist
SSO Full Time Contract Second Horn Susan W Rogers. I also was the SSO Personnel Manager for 32 years
Kermit Poling - SSO Full Time Contract Concertmaster and Associate Conductor
SSO Full Time Contract Principal Bassoon Anne Marie Power
SSO Full Time contract Section Violin Gary Bruns
Christopher Allen, SSO Full Time Contract Section Bass
SSO Full Time Contract Section Violinist Janis A Teague
SSO Full Time Contract Principal Clarinetist Thomas Phillips
SSO Principal Second Violin and Full Time Contract player Russell Lewis
SSO Full Time Contract Principal Bass Peter Haas, also a member of the Orchestra Committee
SSO Full Time Contract Assistant Concertmaster Elizabeth O'Bannon
SSO Full Time Contract Section Viola Adrienne Gabriel
SSO Full Time Contract Principal Flute and Orchestra Committee member Sally Horak
SSO Full Time Contract player Principal Violist Borys Smolaga
SSO Principal 'Cellist Ruth Drummond, a Full Time Contract player
SSO Principal Horn Thomas Hundemer, a Full Time contract player and also a member of the Orchestra Committee
SSO Full Time contract player Principal Trumpet and Contract Negotiation Spokesperson, Dr. Rick Rowell
- ensembles in the schools -
William Chandler Teague, Full Time contract player Principal Timpani and Percussionist with the SSO. Chan is also a member of the current Orchestra Negotiating Committee.
SSO Full Time Contract player Principal Oboe Theresa Zale Bridges who is serving on the Orchestra Committee.