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Sent semi-monthly, Semiquavers is an e-newsletter designed to inform the classical music community about the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), its member organizations and other important news in the field.

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William Bennett, 1956-2013  
The San Francisco Symphony is deeply saddened to announce the passing of principal oboist William Bennett. Mr. Bennett had been hospitalized since Saturday, February 23, 2013, after suffering a brain hemorrhage during his performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. He joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1979 and became principal oboist in 1987. During his many years as a mainstay of the Orchestra, he attracted the esteem and admiration not just of colleagues, but of listeners. Messages can be posted at 

San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV) is accepting nominations for its first annual Music Educators Award for teaching excellence. Finalists will be selected, and winners announced the week of April 3. Please submit the teacher's name, school, and an essay of at least 250 words on how the teacher inspired you, with examples of their excellence in and out of class. Mail your nomination to with the subject heading: Music Teacher Award nomination. The deadline is April 1.

Please click here for eligibility and prize information. 
It is important that we have 100% participation for this important study. If a member of your staff hasn't done so already, please consider participating in the 2013 ACSO marketing survey funded by the California Arts Council and the Pew Charitable Trusts, on behalf of the Cultural Data Project.

To participate, click on the link below:  
Classical Music: The Challenges of Making the Affection Clear
Friday, March 15, at 9 a.m. PST

Audience Development Specialists (ADS), a consultant service designed to educate and help artists and cultural arts organizations develop quality audiences, is starting its quarterly webinars by bringing back bassoonist and past ACSO Conference speaker John Steinmetz. People get involved with music because they love it, yet too often the love is not clear enough. Musicians get distracted by technical perfection, administrators get distracted by all the responsibilities, and our way of writing and talking about music is often dry. How can we as an industry, as musicians, show and share the love again before the stuffiness of protocol buries us?

Click here to register. 
Specific parts of the federal budget, including that of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will be impacted by a budgetary control called "sequestration." The sequester, totaling $85 billion, will reduce funding to almost all areas of domestic social programs by about 5 percent, which would mean about $7.3 million at the NEA.

Because the sequester is an "across-the-board" cut to federal agencies, it reaches indiscriminately into every identified program and activity. The NEA, the U.S. Department of Education (which administers the federal Arts in Education program) and many other cultural agencies such as the Smithsonian, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and others will be forced to order these cuts.

Source: Americans for the Arts



As of March 6, 2013



Abhijit Sengupta 

Ojai Music Festival



David Grossman
Santa Barbara Symphony


George Majoue
Santa Maria Philharmonic


Wylie Aitken is the new chair of the California Arts Council, succeeding Malissa Feruzzi Shriver. Aitken, a prominent Orange County attorney who has served as president of the Board of South Coast Repertory and serves on the Board of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, was first appointed to be a member of the state arts council board in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was reappointed in 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown to a four-year term.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has appointed Chris Ayzoukian vice president, philharmonic and production, succeeding Gail Samuel who is now the chief operating officer. Chris joined the Philharmonic almost 14 years ago and spent four years each in artist servicing and in the Orchestra department as a concert manager before taking his most recent position as director of recorded media and special projects.

Kiren Bansal has joined the New West Symphony as director of community engagement and development.  She previously worked as director of volunteer engagement for United Way Worldwide.  She recently completed her Master of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University.

Angela Colombo is the Marin Symphony's new director of development. She most recently worked for former Assembly member and Congressman-elect Jared Huffman handling constituent communication and public and government relations in Sonoma County and parts of Marin County. Prior to that she was the VP of North Bay Leadership Council.

Gary Ginstling, past ACSO board member and general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2008, will become the new CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony beginning March 18. Ginstling holds an MM degree from The Juilliard School and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He played clarinet for 12 seasons with the New West Symphony.

ACSO Emeritus Board member Joe Truskot has has been appointed full-time Features/Off 68 editor of Central Coast Public Radio, KUSP in Salinas.  


A new class at ACSO-member Claremont Graduate University entitled the Power Of Mind is teaching students to pay attention - to what's happening around them as well as to emotions arising within them - so that they can react more skillfully in any situation. That awareness can help budding managers motivate difficult employees and tackle work challenges without becoming scattered, frustrated or worn down. Click here to read an interesting article about the class.

 LACO Gala honorees David K. and Kay Duke Ingalls and Jennifer and Royce Diener
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) recently honored the generosity and dedication of long-time supporters Jennifer and Royce Diener and David K. and Kay Duke Ingalls. Ingalls served as president of LACO's Board of Directors from 1980 to 1983 and as chair from 1983 to 1988; and Diener served as president from 1991 to 1995 and chair from 1995 to 1998. The evening's theme was a nod to the era of George Gershwin and Ballets Russes composer Vladimir Dukelsky - better known as Vernon Duke - whose enchanting tunes are at the heart of the Great American Songbook. Vernon Duke is Kay Ingalls' late husband. More than $315,000 was raised to benefit LACO's concert series, radio broadcasts and community engagement programs. 

From March 9-24, the Monterey Symphony will present 'Play Me, I'm Yours - Monterey 2013' part of an internationally touring artwork devised by British artist Luke Jerram. Since the project's inception in 2008, more than 700 pianos have been installed in public locations in 30 cities across the globe, from New York to London bearing the simple invitation 'Play Me, I'm Yours'. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was the first California orchestra to take part in the project in 2012.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District, partner of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory for the Community Opus Project, has publicly announced its commitment to returning music to the school day for all 28,000 K-6 students in its 45 schools. While this will take approximately 10-15 years to come to fruition, there will already be 1000 students learning music by the end of this school year and close to 3000 by the start of next school year. Read more. 



"Ask an Expert" Webinars   
Wednesday, April 10, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT 
Contractor vs. Employee Status
Presented by Ken Auletta, director of human resources, San Francisco Symphony

Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT
Managing Culture - HR Issues in the Arts 
Presented by Paul Jan Zdunek, ceo, Pasadena Symphony and POPS  

45th Annual Conference, July 25-27, 2013, Costa Mesa
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