The regular meeting of the Board of Directors’ of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association was called to order on April 24,2017 at 3:37PM.
All members were present except for Carol Dunevant.
The minutes of the March 29,2017 meeting were amended with the addition of “AFM-EPF” for the purposes of clarity. M/S : Gaudio/Scott
Richie Hawley – Clarinet – 03/07/2017
GOOD STANDING FROM OTHER LOCALS
RESIGNED GOOD STANDING:
Richie Hawley – Clarinet – 03/31/2017
I. President’s Report
- The President reported on a telephone call with AFM-EP Fund Manager Vinni Lo Presti regarding the current state of the Fund. Ms. Lo Presti emphasized the need for facts to be reported, rather than “doomsday” predicitions or wild speculation concerning the future financial viability of the Fund. She reinforced the fact that nothing will be known about the status of the Fund until the completition of annual Federal and State audit reports in late June or July at the earliest.
- The latest Taft Museum Concert was performed by member Dan Grantham and his brass quintet to an overflow crowd on April 9, 2017. Dan also spoke to the CM President about a quote for hiring a union ensemble to perform for commencement exercises at Xavier University.
- The President also spoke of the need to provide extra transportation money for the Dayton musicians who performed in the January woodwind concert at the Taft, and indicated that the travel overages could be folded into the final bill to be sent at the close of the season, with tax-exempt compensation provided to the affected players at that time.
- The President reported that following a trial week, Detroit Symphony Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano has been offered the Principal Clarinet position with the CSO.
- Former Principal Trumpet, Robert Sullivan, was offered the Principal Trumpet position following an audition held on April 28, 2017. The original audition was extended because Music Director, Louis Langree, had not named a winning candidate. Two other previously, unheard trumpet candidates were invited to the audition but declined.
- The President met with CSO Director of Personnel Paul Petrowski for nearly two hours on April 24, 2017, to explain CSO Master Contract matters. The two will continue to work closely so that Mr. Pietrowski can fully understand the agreement and to seek Union input on personnel matters.
- The President reported that there were tributes to departing CSO President Trey Devey at the Conductor’s Circle dinner and for outgoing Personnel Director Walt Zeschin at an event held at the Taft Theatre. Both departing staff members were presented with gifts. The gift for Walt Zeschin was paid utilizing the CMA credit card, but it was reimbursed from CSO Committee funds.
- The President continues to revise an article for the membership regarding the status of the AFM-EP Fund.
- The Music Performance Trust Fund has invited the CMA to participate in concerts in retirement homes as took place in 2015.
THE FOLLOWING VOUCHERS WERE ORDERED PAID:
See attached B
Next meeting scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 4:00PM