DIVA GOODFRIEND-KOVEN

I am honored to have been asked by Musicians For Change to run for a Trial Board position, and feel that after having raised my son, and having had an incredibly busy career during the heyday of the music scene here, it’s time for me to be of service. I am ready to give back to the union that has made it possible for me to have been so gainfully employed.

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I am proud to say that I recently participated as a member of the ABT Orchestra Committee in a very challenging, difficult negotiation for a new 3-year contract that has substantially improved both our health benefits contributions, as well as accomplished the first significant wage increase since 2010. Working with the ABT committee showed me that we could work together as a team to reach consensus with our different opinions and ideas, and with the help of Adam Krauthamer, Karen Fisher, Harvey Mars, and Morris Kainuma we succeeded beyond what we thought was possible!

 

I joined Local 802 as a very young free-lance flutist in 1975 to perform at Carnegie Hall with PDQ Bach for the annual Christmas/Holiday series. It was an absolute thrill to go from being an usher at Carnegie to being on stage for my first Local 802 job! I have been fortunate that my career path in NYC continued from there to include being a member of the ABT Orchestra, American Composer’s Orchestra, American Symphony, Paul Taylor Dance Co., the Brooklyn and Westchester Philharmonic orchestras, and more than thirty years as an Associate Musician of the MET Orchestra. I have held chairs for four Broadway shows, subbed on other shows, performed a season as a sub with the NY Philharmonic, played on numerous film scores, classical, jazz, and pop recordings, and backed up stars like Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Sting, and others. I have toured the country and the world with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the MET Orchestra, and the Borealis Woodwind Quintet. I am currently a member of the new music group Locrian Chamber Players, a founding member of a new eclectic trio called Furiant, and a member of Serenata Santa Fe.

 

In addition, I teach flute and piccolo privately, have been on the adjunct faculty at Juilliard, and have given master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, and Carnegie-Mellon. I grew up in a politically progressive family, and my father was very active in Local 6 IBEW, making progressive changes in that union. I believe in unions, but think that many of them need to be more responsive to the needs of the current populace of this country. It’s our ethical calling to try to help the next generations of all kinds of musicians make music thrive in New York City with our willingness to be open-minded, equitable, inclusive, and protective of our human and civil rights.

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