Board Meeting April 12, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors’ of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association was called to order on April 12, 2021 at 12:15 PM.

All members were present.

President Frankenfeld in chair.

The minutes of the March 29, 2021 meeting were approved. M/S Lynne Scott/Barb Lambert





I. President’s Report

  • President Frankenfeld apologized to the Board for not being able to join the meeting on March 29. Internet access was unexpectedly unavailable.
  • Berning Printing will be finishing the constitution revisions to send to members for voting. Preparation will be completed this week.


II. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

  • A signed photo of the CSO is ready to be taken to Wayne Anderson
  • Committee dues have been collected. These pay for ICSOM dues.
  • The second oboe position has been filled. Emily Beare started in early March.
  • The recent CSO performance included a new work titled Carrot Revolution. It was originally scored for a string quartet and was orchestrated by the composer. Instrumentation was reduced to a nonet for the performance. Performance highlights included a piece featuring Chris Olka and Robert Sullivan. Chris Pell performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto. Former CSO Principal Clarinet Dick Waller was present and recognized from the stage.
  • The Musicians Advisory Committee will be discussing auditions. There are a number of open positions. Henrick Heide may be offered a one-year contract for the flute section next season.
  • A search for Principal Music Librarian is under discussion. A search for this position is different from what would occur for a musician and there are concerns about doing a search during a pandemic. Several scenarios were discussed but final plans have not been settled.

III. Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

  • The CCO Board President has received the CCO COVID side letter. Approval is expected.
  • The current CBA expires in December and both Board and Musicians are willing to get started on negotiations as soon as possible.
  • Rebecca Andres will be scheduling a woodwind quintet for the Taft Museum Concert Series.



I. A current CSO will be sent to Rhonda so the Strike Fund payment can be made.


  • Mary Judge is the current President of the Bravo Board. She will be retiring and moving to the West Coast at the end of the season. The Board has not met since before the pandemic and the future of the organization needs to be discussed.
  • President Frankenfeld will speak with Bravo Treasurer Ron Aufmann and Mary Judge. Other Board members include Don Hurd, Anne Cushing-Reid, Laura Sabo, and Carol Dunevant. Bravo Music has an application form on its website for members of Local 1 to apply for funding for performances.
  • It will be important to change the signatures for the bank account before Mary moves at the end of the 2020-2021 season.


  • President Frankenfeld will be securing the Local 1 funding allotment. Funds will be available for live performances. There are parameters to be met to receive funding for performances.

IV. Work dues

  • In a conversation with another AFM Local president, the conversation included a suggestion to reduce work dues across the board. President Frankenfeld is not inclined to reduce work dues. It would perpetuate the cycle of financial stress on the AFM.




Next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 26 at 12:00 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 1:03 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Dunevant

Secretary, Local #1