Louisville school music program halted in wake of orchestra impasse

Posted on: February 28, 2012

In Tuesday’s (2/28) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Antoinette Konz reports, “The year-old rift between the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians will now deprive more than 14,000 elementary students in Jefferson County Public Schools of participation in a popular musical program that has been in existence for 70 years. Since 1940, the Louisville Orchestra and JCPS have joined to bring the Making Music Program to every fourth- and fifth-grade student in the district. The program allows students to see an orchestra concert in person and experience music in their classrooms, but it will not take place this year because of the labor dispute between the orchestra and its musicians. Kim Tichenor, a violinist with the orchestra and the players’ negotiating committee chair, said Monday that the musicians wanted to keep the school program going with the help of a nonprofit organization they formed called Keep Louisville Symphonic, but the Louisville Orchestra ‘got upset’ because it has a contract with the school district. … In a telephone interview Monday, Robert Birman, chief executive officer of the Louisville Orchestra, said the move was ‘unethical and inappropriate.’ ”

Posted February 28, 2012