Posted by David on April 26, 2002 at 14:37:50:
In Reply to: Re: consider it from a different perspective posted by Hammerin' Hank on April 26, 2002 at 14:10:48:
Actually, this is corporate America at its' finest. If anyone thinks that a symphony orchestra is not just another corporation, and instead a musical group, then you need to think again. A symphony is a business, and a rather large one at that. They have a service, making music, that they sell. It takes employees to do that. Most corporate types could do without the employees. (Ok, it requires the employees to do the job.) Corporate does not think like an employee. For those of you who own your own business or work as a contractor, you know the concept. For the rest of you, take my word for it. Corporate works until the job is done. The employee wants to know when the break is, what the benefits are, and how much he will get paid.
It is corporate CEO's and CFO's and wives of them that make up the board of directors of musical organizations so how do you expect them to act? So you say it's the musicians making the decisions? Only to the extent that they agree with the corporate philosophy, and if the policy of the organization is to question the decisions of the lower body (in this case, the musicians panel), then the panel will, in all liklihood, not choose anyone.
I'm glad someone brought up the "other" side of things. Maybe we won't get so upset the next time no one is chosen.