Dean believes we need an administration that not only strategically plans for the future but is also willing to make the internal changes necessary to ensure the survival of our industry
I am running to be a Delegate for Local 802 because I want to represent our members at a national level with thoughtful independence that will help shape the decisions and policies of the American Federation of Musicians. One of the most pressing issues is the pension fund crisis and I want to help represent the thousands of people from Local 802 who feel their voices are being ignored about this serious issue. Our current International President, Ray Hair, must be held accountable for prolonging the disastrous decision making of the pension fund trustees that affects over 50,000 musicians nation-wide. He is responsible for appointing and leading our pension trustees, and he has shown a total lack of ability or desire to make any meaningful change when it is so desperately needed. I will join Adam Krauthamer as a strong voice for our members to hold President Hair and the AFM administration accountable for this and all other issues that need reform and improvement.
As a clarinetist, I have been an Associate Musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1998, performing over 2000 performances at the Met including numerous HD telecasts and “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcasts. Additionally, I have performed with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart Festival, Santa Fe Opera, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Stamford Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona Music Festival.
As a chamber musician, performances include the MET Chamber Ensemble, Windham Music Festival, Skaneateles Music Festival, and the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! Series. My experience on Broadway has included Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables (2005 & 2015), Swan Lake, Into the Woods, and South Pacific. I have recorded for Decca, Atlantic, Telarc, New World Records, and EMI labels as well as motion picture soundtracks, commercials, and television productions.
I am in my second term with the Associate Musicians Committee at the Met, where I am currently Co-chair. I also serve on the board of my Co-op building in Harlem. With these experiences, I have come to understand that constructive change occurs when all ideas are respectfully considered, and that the best solutions are those which serve and represent the community as a whole. I am eager to work hard with Adam and all the wonderful candidates from 802 Musicians for Change to ensure an optimistic future for the members of Local 802.