Dear new orchestra member

So thrilled you’re here
You not only contribute your beautiful music but also inspire us with your musicianship. Many of us have been playing in this ensemble since before you were born. We marvel at your level of excitement, especially when you get to perform a masterwork for the first time.

Regretful about what you’re having to endure
We’ve been through a lot. Before you arrived, we went through two years, after the pandemic, without so much as a cost of living increase. In 2015, those who were on salary had to swallow a 13-33% pay cut. Moreover, there has always been frequent turnover in management, contributing to some ongoing chaos. Many of us have had to seek other work which has taken time away from forming a cohesive sound for this institution.

A heart felt thank you❤️
I know for sure that when you finally find your dream job, we will be your greatest supporters. You may be feeling right now that a lot of what you worked so hard to learn and establish in your playing has gone out the window. Rest assured, nothing is lost in translation. The standard you’re providing invigorates us to make the changes we know we need to be make.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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