Sept 15, 2018

The next CLASSICAL SHOWCASE is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 15, 2018from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Mondzac Performing Arts Center of Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD.  This facility has warm-up rooms and a performance stage that are excellent.

Our Local is very fortunate that this event is supported and attended by many of the leading Contractors who hire musicians in the classical field and Personnel Managers from most of the area’s orchestras. To enable as many members as possible to be showcased, 5 minutes of performance will be allowed to each scheduled candidate. The format begins with a 2 minute solo, preferably from the standard accompanied repertoire (please note, however, that no accompanists will be allowed).  This will be followed by excerpts from our repertoire list.  There is no sight-reading.


To sign up for the showcase call (202) 337-9325. Registration is from August 23, 2018 at10:30 AM until Sept 6, 2018 at 4:45 PM. No registrations will be accepted after the final date and time. Registration is for our newest members who have never played in a showcase. If you have performed previously, you will be placed on waitlist at the time you register and will be added to the list of performers should space become available. If you are not currently a member of the local, please submit your application and membership dues on or before Sept 7, 2018. Please submit your resume by email to  no later than Sept 10, 2018.  We will distribute the resumes at the event and mail them to the contractors and personnel managers who are unable

We look forward to your performance on Sept 15.

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The AFM applauds the passage of the FAA Bill that sets a consistent national policy allowing musical instruments on airplanes

After five years and 23 short-term extensions, Congress has passed legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next four years. Included in the bill are provisions that create a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes. Any instrument that can be safely stored in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat may be brought on board as carry-on luggage. Additionally, the bill sets standard weight and size requirements for checked instruments, and permits musicians to purchase a seat for oversized instruments, such as cellos, that are too delicate to be checked. Existing law allowed each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instruments, and size requirements varied widely for both carry-on and checked baggage. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has been lobbying Congress to enact such a policy for nearly a decade.

“This is great news for professional musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada who carry the tools of our trade – our instruments – aboard commercial aircraft,” said AFM President Ray Hair. “Ending the confusion over musical instruments as carry-on baggage has been a top legislative priority for nearly a decade. I am proud of our Government Relations Director, Hal Ponder and his assistant Laura Brigandi in our Washington legislative office for seeing the effort through. Musicians can now fly in friendlier skies.”

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