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Services for Ethmer C. Roten Jr.

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Time: Church Service – 1 p.m.
Reception/Celebration of Life – 2-4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Inspiring Notes, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to create classical music experiences that educate, enrich and inspire our youth and families in the San Fernando Valley, and help to fill the gap in music education in our public schools. 
Ethmer performed and taught music to young and old all of his life. His participation in the Inspiring Notes free music education program gave him the opportunity to  teach more than 30,000 youth these past 11 years.  
Please send your donations to:
Inspiring Notes, Inc.
11100 Sepulveda Blvd. # 292
Mission Hills, CA 91345

Your contributions are tax deductible.
Tax-exempt ID number is 71-1051594

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Another View

In response to a laudatory article about the non-union Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra titled “This orchestra wants no conductor: How Kaleidoscope aims to move in different directions” published in the LA Times by Rick Schultz on Feb. 13, 2019, we share another view written by AFM Local 47 Director Vivian Wolf. Kaleidoscope refuses to sign onto an AFM contract and currently appears on the union’s Do Not Work For list for failure to pay musicians according to industry standards. Along with the entire Executive Board, Wolf is deeply concerned about this situation, and Local 47 will continue to reach out to Kaleidoscope in order to discuss organizing the orchestra and its musicians under an AFM agreement.

It was with great interest that I read the article by Rick Schultz describing the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. The article was highly laudatory and indeed, there is much to praise about the ensemble founded by Benjamin Mitchell. It is the only conductor-less orchestra in the Los Angeles area, it brings music to unique venues and champions new repertoire. What it doesn’t do, is pay the performers a fair wage. In fact, by refusing any involvement with the American Federation of Musicians Local 47, Kaleidoscope is exploiting the enthusiasm and energy of its young musicians. Even though the ensemble receives many large contributions, the orchestra does not have any kind of contract and certainly doesn’t offer the players any health or pension benefits — benefits that would be in play under a union contract. Continue reading

EMD Report: Residuals and Royalties

by Roxanne Castillo, Esq.

I have been receiving many calls asking how and when residuals and royalties are triggered and from where the money comes. Residuals and royalties flow from primary markets, secondary markets, and copyrights. Here is a quick guide to help you pinpoint how the money flows and to whom you should reach out if you suspect you are owed money but have yet to see a check. Continue reading

Final Note: Rosita Duchesne Mallah

Rosita performing for Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

Life Member. Latin & Brazilian Percussion/Vocals
12/9/1924 – 4/3/2019

Rosita Duchesne Mallah was born December 9,1924 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. She joined the Los Angeles musicians union, AFM Local 47, in 1961 and remained a member until her passing. She was a staunch supporter of the Musicians Union, and her late husband was Charles Mallah (guitar, bandleader), who had served on the Local 47 Executive Board for many years. Continue reading

Thomas Stevens Memorial Scholarship Launched for Young Trumpeters

Thomas Stevens

Thomas Stevens

The Center for Advanced Musical Studies is delighted to announce the Thomas Stevens Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for young trumpeters who embody the musicality, educational drive and compassion of the brilliant trumpeter, composer, pedagogue, and friend Thomas Stevens (1938-2018). Continue reading

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra: Music in the Schools

Keeping classical & jazz alive one classroom at a time

by Linda A. Rapka

A self-proclaimed torchbearer for its uniquely innovative hybrid art, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra proudly stands as the only orchestra in the nation dedicated solely to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music. Since its founding in 2001, the 67-piece orchestra has commissioned 13 new works and performed seven world premieres, along with three U.S. premieres. Each year SJO presents a free symphonic jazz concert for the community at the Carpenter Performing Arts center at Cal State Long Beach, and this year’s concert in March included a rare arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue” with Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe. Continue reading