Is This Going To Be a 90?

Sometimes I take a step back and realize how ridiculously coddled I am as an orchestra musician. We are a highly unionized group, and everything that happens at work is specifically dictated and governed by a CBA.

Today there was a big hubbub.

We recently got a new rehearsal clock. For those not in the know, the clock is quite possibly the most important piece of equipment on the stage for the average symphony. We do not play one second over the scheduled rehearsal time, often ending rehearsals in mid-phrase. The clock also dictates precisely when we take our break. Today was the debut of our new, digital rehearsal clock, and it was an unmitigated disaster.

We couldn’t read the clock because the numbers were too dim!

Honestly, how can we be expected to perform under these horrific conditions? Are we animals, or something?



2 Responses to “Is This Going To Be a 90?”

  1. 1 Christina November 2, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I truly feel for you, Kate, as I enter my 61st hour of work this week as I type. :)

  2. 2 Courtney November 2, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    In my orchestra, there can only be an 80, as the break must be taken no more than 80 minutes after the beginning of the rehearsal. For those of us who tend to drink a large cup of coffee before each rehearsal, these 10 minutes are very important. Today I couldn’t see our (non-digital) clock because there was a glare and I totally had to pee. The inhumanity!

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