JAVIER GANDARA

I have been a member of the American Federation of Musicians since 1981 and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra horn section since 1999. I have served on the Met Orchestra Negotiating Committee for four contract negotiations including the New Media Agreement that allowed the Met Opera to produce and broadcast performances in different ways than ever before and share revenue of all profits with all the artists.

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I am currently the Interim Chair of the Met Orchestra Committee and have just come off a Met negotiation that was by far the most challenging of all to date. Local 802’s role in this negotiation was more prominent than in years past and was crucial in helping us to achieve a strong and fair contact during the most challenging time in the history of the Met to date.

I am committed to a second term on the Local 802 Trial Board because I believe in the progress our administration has made over the past three years in working to strengthen and renew our union and to build a more secure future for all our members. For too many years I have seen unions suffer almost continuous decline, lose focus and contact with their members, and do very little to recruit new membership.

 

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.

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