For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Marissa Benedict and I am the principal trumpet of your orchestra and have been for nearly 15 years.
I am now the chair of the Orchestra Committee since the passing of Maurice Grants.
We know that this is a first, having musicians speak at a board meeting during collective bargaining and we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity.
We are at an extremely important moment for the future of our orchestra. The Pasadena board has always been an ally to musicians, so it’s natural that we should reach out to you to help us find a way forward. We want to make sure you have a full picture of the pressures that my colleagues and I face.
We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think it was important for you to hear from us, both in thanking you for all you’ve done in the recovery of the orchestra, and to share our frustrations and concerns regarding the integrity of the orchestra. Continue reading