The year is well and truly underway, and Symphony Services International has been busy providing a wide range of services to its Member and Associate orchestras. Don’t forget that many of these services can be purchased by any orchestra, professional or amateur, around the world. See www.symphonyinternational.net for more details about services such as music hire, Goodear Editions, the Goodear Acoustic Shield, program notes, surtitles and more.
As usual, this issue of The Podium is full of interesting reading. Our LA-based consultant Gordon Williams discusses how living on the West Coast of the US has affected the way he thinks about music.
Dr David Garrett will be well known to many Australian concert-goers for his thoughtful and knowledgeable program notes, which add so much to their listening experience. In the mid-1990s David worked for a time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and his insight into the orchestral scene of our nearest neighbour is enlightening.
Our Top Tip deals with the issue of superannuation, and the new requirement for Australian companies to contribute via SuperStream as well as some other interesting taxation and finance facts. The Speed Read collates interesting stories from around the world, and our featured Member is the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In late May, SSI’s Music Library Manager Vi King Lim will attend the Major Orchestral Librarians Association (MOLA) conference in Montreal, Canada. Look out for his full article next time round.
Our readership is now nearly 2500 and we endeavour to be as relevant and interesting as possible to orchestral staff and players all around the world. Please let us know if you enjoy The Podium, and any suggestions you may have for improvement, or stories for the future.
Best regards till next time,
Chief Executive Officer