Page 13 - A short history of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra
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obviate that wish. However, during the 2003–04 season, the orchestra had become 85–90% professional.
Some professional musicians have been hired from as far as Atlanta to fill needs in the orchestra that cannot be satisfied by Knoxville professionals. Not being able to match the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra pay scale is posing many problems. Overhead costs have resulted in only 5 concerts being performed this season in place of 8 performed last year.
Even the children's concert is not being performed this season. Dwindling budgets and aging avocational musicians pose problems that ORCMA must face. However, to quote Heinsheimer again, "a symphony orchestra is one of the cultural arts that is indispensable to a city's health and growth".
1Charter member of the Oak Ridge Symphony, June 1944.
2Former director of Europe's largest music publishing house. Left Vienna for the U.S. in 1938 and became associated with the music publishing firms of G. Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes. Author of Menagerie in F Sharp, Doubleday & Co., Inc.l947.
3Three members of the same family performed in the ORSO during the 1995 and 1996 seasons: Jennifer van To!, violin; Stefan Russ, cello; and John Russ, Bass.
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