An underlying paralysis

An interesting list of things getting real for professional orchestras around the US.

I cannot remember a time when so many US orchestras were simultaneously in such difficulty. Whatever patchwork solutions are achieved in the month ahead, system changes are required across the sector in the long term. These are not isolated instances so much as symptoms of an underlying paralysis.

I had a very smart professor tell a class of percussionists some good advice: “Only insects specialize”.  The dream of making a living only doing classical orchestral music is over for the vast majority of musicians, and as educators we need to lay this truth bare.