JOANNA MAURER

I am running for the Local 802 Executive Board on the Musicians for Change slate because I believe in the value of a cohesive team to continue the important work our administration has put in motion over these past three years. Coming off of a difficult, yet successful negotiation with the Metropolitan Opera, I experienced for the first time a negotiation where 802 leadership provided the necessary time, resources, and strategy to enable my committee (the Met Associates Committee, which I co-chair) to command respect at the table and achieve significant gains.  Musicians for Change pledges to continue this intelligent, responsive, and diligent leadership.

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If elected, our slate will continue to carry out the mission Adam Krauthamer began, to strengthen and renew our union to build a more secure future for all our members.

As a Local 802 Trial Board member for these past three years, I put my energy into creating the Save NYC Musicians campaign, participating in the AFM film/tv negotiations, becoming a trustee on the Local 802 Musicians Health Fund, and working with 802’s Next Generation Initiative and Women of 802.  I am passionate about representing musicians, strengthening union contracts, bringing more recording work under contract, and engaging in dialogue about the value of music to society — how it takes all of us, not just musicians, to protect the future of music.  I will bring this passion, along with my negotiating experience, to the Executive Board. 

 

Since receiving my BM and MM from Juilliard, I have kept a busy schedule as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, studio recording musicians, and on occasion, soloist.  In 2002, I became the violinist of the American Chamber Players 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 1st Violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past 18 years where I have served on the Associate Musicians committee for the past seven, and as co-chair for the past four.  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.

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