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Maybe you should have listened to your mother and taken those music lessons when you had the chance.

Daniel Wakin over at the New York Times writes:

"Next season the New York Philharmonic will have a rare 12 openings, or roughly 12 percent of its instrumental work force, thanks to a confluence of retirements, departures for better jobs and long-unfilled positions. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has 10 vacancies, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 9, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic 7.

Elsewhere the Cleveland Orchestra has four full-time job openings and one part-time. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Dallas Symphony each have three openings.

'We haven’t had this many for quite a while, not for 20 years,' said Carl R. Schiebler, the New York Philharmonic’s personnel director and its maestro of musician management. 'A lot is six or seven.'"

Wakin Starting salaries at the 10 top-paying orchestras next season range from $101,600 (Minnesota) to $136,500 (Los Angeles), but principal players can earn two or three times that.

Wakin reports that "Starting salaries at the 10 top-paying orchestras next season range from $101,600 (Minnesota) to $136,500 (Los Angeles), but principal players can earn two or three times that."

Right now, the New York Philharmonic is looking for a principal clarinetist, bass clarinetist and second flutist in the woodwinds; two section violinists, two section cellists and three double bassists, including assistant principal; and associate principal horn player.

MV editor-in-chief Kevin Depew, who plays a mean harp and is proficient on the spinet, already has a job. But I'm fairly certain that, if he knew his way around a flute, his phone would be ringing off the hook.

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