When I ran for 802 Executive board three years ago, I said that I believed that reaching out and inspiring our younger generation of musicians is paramount to the survival of Local 802. I still believe that, and remain dedicated to making this necessary and meaningful change in the music industry. To this end, I have given many musical entrepreneurship workshops throughout the pandemic as a guest at Universities and other national organizations.
At the board level, I will continue to fight for educating young musicians coming into the industry about the benefits of working under union contracts, as well as putting in place the tools and resources necessary to organize and win more union agreements.
Accomplishments during my first term include:
Focus on member care:
Spearheaded the first 802 pandemic era fundraising initiative, “Songs for Support.” This fundraising campaign raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Local 802 Emergency relief fund, which is now being utilized at record levels as our uneven return to work continues.
Creating new work in a pandemic:
Instrumental in getting NYC sponsored vaccination site performances off the ground, which were all covered under 802 agreements.
Fought for and won representation of split-chair musicians of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra on it’s orchestra committee.
As Executive board liaison to the Patriot Brass negotiations, I was instrumental in the creation of its first set of rostered musicians, along with significant wage increases.
My industry experience includes performing with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American, New Jersey, Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Recent chamber music experience includes the Taconic Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, and the Montclair Wind Quintet. Previously I was a member of the Columbus, Syracuse, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras. My broadway experience includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten, and Sideshow. I am a member of the Radio City Orchestra and have recorded with Naxos, Telarc, Nimbus Records, CBS, and NFL Films. I am currently on faculty at Montclair State University.
Working in our industry at the board and performer level has given me perspective regarding how and why we need to adapt to the ever-changing landscape that confronts our industry. Now more than ever, we must continue to confront our challenges that loom large. This includes electing an Executive Board that represents the diversity of our membership. I will continue to bring new ideas to the table and work hard on behalf of my colleagues to bring about the broad changes that are necessary for our industry and it begins its recovery.