We Are the Professionals

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Local 2-197 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The International AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Local 2-197 represents the finest professional musicians in eastern Missouri. AFM members, who number over 90,000, perform all styles of music—alternative rock, classical, pop, gospel, jazz, country, folk, rock, big band, reggae, contemporary Christian, etc.. With such active members as Bruce Springsteen, Roberta Flack, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila E, Suzanne Vega, The Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, and Branford Marsalis, there is a strong representation of major recording individuals and groups.

The AFM has been promoting and protecting professional musicians for over 150 years. Local 2-197 has been serving the St. Louis area musicians since 1862 and continues to be an effective advocate for musicians’ rights in the workplace (be that a nightclub, a symphony stage, in a recording studio, or on tour). The AFM and Local 2-197 protect the recorded works musicians produce from being exploited, and protect our members’ live performances by providing several types of benefit programs that help them to build successful careers.


The ISO is announcing vacancy for the Orchestra Librarian position. We are now accepting applications to fill this position. If you or someone you know might be interested in applying for this position please feel free to share the attached job description and application procedure: please submit cover letter and one-page resume to Chet Lord-Remmert, Orchestra Manager at clordremmert@ilsymphony.org. Application deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019.

Dear SLSO Musicians and Staff,

I regret to inform you that Lazar Gosman passed away recently at age 93. He founded the Soviet Emigre Orchestra, served as the concertmaster of the Leningrad Philharmonic, and came to the St. Louis Symphony as Acting Associate Concertmaster when he emigrated to the United States in 1977. The SLSO created the position of 2nd Associate Concertmaster for him in 1978. Mr. Gosman additionally held a long term teaching position at Stony Brook University.

We unfortunately do not have any further details at this time, but I will share an obituary when it becomes available.


Valerie Petrov

Orchestra Personnel Manager

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra