The regular meeting of the Board of Directors’ of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association was called to order on April 27, 2015 at 4:00PM.

All members were present.

The minutes of the March 30,2015 were approved with two minor corrections: Dee Sparks is from St. Louis and the amount from MPTF should have read $700.

NEW MEMBERS:

Michael Ronstadt          cello, guitar, voice

GOOD STANDING FROM OTHER LOCALS

NEW MEMBERS:

REINSTATE:

DECEASED:

RESIGNED:

Christine Todey clarinet  4/2

Marie France-Lefebvre     4/22

Ellen Shertzer       cello     3/19

Scott Moore    vln/vla   4/7

Daniel Zehringer     trumpet   4/7

Julie Trevino  piano     3/31

ERASED:

 

 

OLD/CURRENT BUSINESS:

I. President’s Report

  • After nation wide voting the IMA has been approved.
  • Rhonda Gillum will be addressing the Board at the next meeting. There is a need to update printers as well as computers in her office.
  • US Bank has not gotten back to Paul with information regarding the feasibility of establishing direct deposit.
  • The Cincinnati Film Commission is seemingly interested in using players in the area. Paul will follow up as soon as possible.

 

II. Old Business

  • Joe Gaudio has received a contract for the Blue Wisp Big Band to perform at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. The date is July 9. It appears that the financial obligation will be met.
  • The Board examined debit card purchases since November. Expenses were approved.

 

III. CSO

  • Music Hall Revitalization is moving forward very quickly and there will be musician participation. CSO musicians Ted Nelson, Dwight Perry, Dick Jensen, and Jim Lambert will represent musician input and Ralph LaRocca will represent the stage crew. Actual mock-ups will be used rather than computer generated models. The budget is currently at $127 million.
  • Harold Byers and Sylvia Samis will retire at the end of this season. As a result of Harold Byers retiring Rachel Frankenfeld will have a 1week trial for a permanent position.
  • Contract negotiations have only 2 outstanding issues. 1) Louie wants the screens at auditions removed and 2) Louie wants each finalist to have a trial week. Musicians are not backing down on either issue. Thursday is the next meeting for negotiations and a ratification meeting is scheduled this Sunday (May 3) and voting should be completed by Thursday. The agreement is for 5 years which allows the orchestra to pay off its remaining bridge funding and takes the orchestra through the 125th The terms include a 1.5% increase in each year of the contract with an upfront cash payment to each member. The agreement is very progressive and would mean that management can begin lowering the draw on the endowment.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

NONE

 

THE FOLLOWING VOUCHERS WERE ORDERED PAID:

See attached B 25030-25055

 

Next meeting scheduled for May 12, 2015 at 3PM

Meeting adjourned at 5:25PM.