We advocate for each other
Those of us who belong to a union have compassion for the auto workers. It takes a lot of courage, a sense that there is no better option, to take the risk of striking. Outwardly they demonstrate solidarity with their fellow workers, not showing any sign of giving up. Meanwhile, they hope they made the right decision and that things go their way. Losing their steady income, it is a price their whole family has to pay.
We support each other through difficult times
When a player experiences a serious illness, a death in the family, a great loss, colleagues jump in to make meals, organize fundraising, and sign cards wishing wellness. We especially needed each other during the pandemic when orchestras shut down. We used our creativity to find ways to perform for our audiences, to literally keep the lights on with or without the support of management.
We cheer each other on through solos and difficult passages
We know how hard each musician practices to produce a beautiful concert. We know how important it is to play well. But, we are only human. Even in the best of circumstances, we all make mistakes. So we commiserate with each other and then prepare for the next performance.