I am running for the Local 802 Trial Board because I believe in Adam Krauthamer and the strong group of leaders he has assembled for this campaign. I want to be part of the change they embody, to move our union forward into an era where it is better equipped to represent, protect, and provide adaptive and comprehensive resources for every member. We need an administration with a forward-looking vision, solid business and non-profit expertise, and transparency.
The precarious state of the AFM pension, the erosion of government labor protections, and the ever-changing state of the music world make it more important than ever that our union commit to its members, establish stronger relationships with the organizations it represents, and build a more secure future for everyone. As a musician working at Lincoln Center, I’m determined to help bring these ideals to fruition, strengthen the collaboration between the union and Lincoln Center, and help ensure the security and protection of every Local 802 musician.
If elected to the Trial Board, I will make sure that every grievance is handled with respect, careful consideration, and fairness. These values are important to me as co-chair of the Associate Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera, and I will do my utmost to uphold them working for Local 802.
Since receiving my BM and MM from Juilliard, I have enjoyed an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and on occasion, soloist. In 2002, I became the violinist of the American Chamber Players, a highly acclaimed group of five, which performs and gives masterclasses all over the US, and has been featured numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today and on local radio stations across the country. I have been an Associate First Violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past 15 years where I have served on the Associate Musicians Committee for the past five, and as co-chair since the Fall of 2017. I have performed as concertmaster on numerous movie soundtracks and studio recordings, and collaborated with various artists such as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Natalie Merchant, Carrie Underwood, David Byrne, Laurie Berkner, and fiddler/violinist Mark O’Connor in, among other projects, performances of his Double Violin Concerto.
Born and raised in Colorado, I’m always looking to spend time outdoors, especially in the mountains with my two wonderful children and husband, Demian Austin (Local 802 member & Principal Trombone of the Metropolitan Opera). I enjoy volunteering and chairing events at my children’s school, teaching and practicing with my kids on their various instruments, and showing them the importance of music, art, and nature in our fragile and magnificent world.