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 ABOUT

JAVIER GANDARA

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I have been a member of the Met Opera Orchestra since 1999. I began my professional career at age sixteen, when I won a position in the Puerto Rico Symphony while attending high school at La Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan. I later graduated from The Juilliard School where I studied with Ranier De Intinis. I have held positions with the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta de Euskadi, and the Oregon Symphony. I am on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard Pre-College.

During the years since I first joined the AFM in 1981, unions have suffered almost continuous decline. Under assault by corporations, wealthy individuals, and the politicians they influence, unions have been losing the strength and prestige they enjoyed in previous decades. Some unions have lost focus and contact with the people they represent, and have done little to recruit new membership. It would be an honor to serve in any way I can to make Local 802 better serve our music community.

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