Muny Auditions for Woodwind Position


Auditions for a Woodwind Position

The Muny will hold auditions for a woodwind position on May 19, 2017. This is a position where you will need to be proficient on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone sax, and bassoon. If you are hired by The Muny you must be/or become a member in good standing of M.A.S.L. Local 2-197.


  • Professional experience in Musical Theater
  • Excellent Musical training/studies
  • Solid technical and artistic skills in the musical field
  • Excellent level of musical interpretation
  • Versatility, ability to interpret a large variety of musical styles
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Audition repertoire will be furnished via e-mail after receipt of your audition request.  Sight reading excerpts will be provided at the audition.

To schedule an audition time or other questions, please contact James Prifti via e-mail by May 12, 2017.

The Muny Orchestra is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the Musicians’ Association of St. Louis Local 2-197, AFM.

The Muny is an equal opportunity employer.

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Right-to-Work Petition Training

Want to determine your future? If you’d like to have a say in your future income, and if you’d like to help roll back this extremely regressive political issue, here are some things you can do:

To stop RTW in Missouri, a referendum campaign has been initiated.  If sufficient signatures are collected by 8/27/17, RTW will be suspended and put on the November 2018 ballot for a statewide “citizen’s veto” vote.  To help with this effort, you can volunteer to collect signatures.  For information about training, click or paste  the following link:
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Petition Information

Some helpful information about how to sign petitions from the St. Louis Labor Council.

“However you signed your voter ID card is exactly the way the petition has to be signed.” For example, if your voter ID is registered John Q Public, and John signs the petition John Public, they will throw it out.

If you have any questions how your name is registered, call the election board for your area.

The board of elections should be sending out notices about the April 4th election. Please look at this notice, as it tells you the location of your polling place. It also shows how your name is registered for voting.

Please take that card and put it in your purse or wallet so you will know how to sign your name on a petition correctly. This truly matters, as the Missouri Secretary of State’s office will throw out your signature if it doesn’t match.

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Scam Calls

In the latest from the FTC…

Calls asking “Can you hear me now?”

Your phone rings and the caller ID shows a number you don’t know. You answer it anyway and hear, “Can you hear me now?” It’s a pre-recorded robocall – even though it sounds like a real person – and it’s illegal. We’ve heard from hundreds of people who have gotten calls like this.

Here’s what to do if you get a call from someone you don’t recognize asking, “Can you hear me?”:

  • Don’t respond, just hang up. If you get a call, don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other number to be removed from the list. If you respond in any way, it will probably just lead to more robocalls – and they’re likely to be scams.
  • Contact your phone provider. Ask your phone provider what services they provide to block unwanted calls.
  • Put your phone number on the Do Not Call registry. Access the registry online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. Callers who don’t respect the Do Not Call rules are more likely to be crooks.
  • File a complaint with the FTC. Report the experience online or call 1-877-382-4357.

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Get Together and Take Our State Back



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Presidents Day 2017

We’ll be closed in observation of Presidents Day on Monday, February 20. We will reopen on the 21st with our regular office hours.

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Gary Lipsutz Memorial

This in from Tim Myers:

“A memorial event will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. The event will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and will be in an “open house” format. There will be music, food, and memories. The music is still in the planning stage, but several pre-formed ensembles will perform, including the current trombone section of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. There will also probably be a low brass choir led by Ed Jacobs. If you wish to perform in a pre-formed group, please contact me at the address below. If you want to participate in the low brass choir, please contact Ed Jacobs at

Directions: the Stupp Center is located near the corner of S. Grand Boulevard and Arsenal Street in south St. Louis. Turn west from Grand into Main Drive, and the Stupp Center will be on your left.

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St Louis Symphony violin audition

Just in from Beth Paine, Orchestra Personnel Manager of the St. Louis Symphony. (Edited for brevity).

“We have scheduled auditions for Violin Extras on Sunday, January 15, 2016 from approximately 6:30-9:30pm..  Details on the audition, including repertoire and the required application form, are now posted on the Symphony’s website at

“Auditions times will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis after receipt of a one-page resume, deposit check, and application form.  All materials must be received on or before Wednesday, December 28, 2017

“Extra Musician auditions are for people who would like to be considered when an additional or replacement musicians is needed. This is NOT an audition for a regular, full time position, or a guarantee of any work at all.  Passing the audition means their name will be included in our pool of Extra Musicians.

“Music will NOT be provided for this audition, candidates must provide their own music.

“Any inquiries regarding auditions should be made to”

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Einstein’s Violin: The Hidden Connections between Scientific Breakthroughs and Art

Found on the Internet… and this is increasingly supported by research.

Garreth Dottin

Data Scientist | Professional Doodler | Editor of Habits and Design | Co-Founder of GrooveOtter

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Just in from the FTC…

IRS warns of a new tax bill scam

We certainly understand if the latest IRS imposter scam makes you queasy: it involves a fake IRS tax notice that claims you owe money as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS says the fake notices are designed to look like real IRS CP2000 notices, which the agency sends if information it receives about your income doesn’t match the information reported on your tax return. The IRS says many people have gotten the bogus notices, which usually claim you owe money for the previous tax year under the Affordable Care Act.

It’s one of many IRS imposter scams that have popped up. As tax season nears, we’ll see more. The good news? There are red-flag warnings that can help you avoid becoming a victim. For example, the IRS will never:

  • Initiate contact with you by email or through social media.
  • Ask you to pay using a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer.
  • Request personal or financial information by email, texts, or social media.
  • Threaten to immediately have you arrested or deported for not paying.

In the new scam, the fake CP2000 notices often arrive as an attachment to an email — a red-flag — or by U.S. mail. Other telltale signs of this fraud:

  • There may be a “payment” link within the email. Scam emails can link you to sites that steal your personal information, take your money, or infect your computer with malware. Don’t click on the link.
  • The notices request that a check be made out to “I.R.S.” Real CP2000s ask taxpayers to make their checks out to “United States Treasury” if they agree they owe taxes.

In the version we saw, a payment voucher refers to letter number LTR0105C, and requests that checks be sent to the “Austin Processing Center” in Texas. But scammers are crafty. They could send messages with a variety of return addresses.

You can see an image of a real CP2000 notice on the IRS web page, Understanding Your CP2000 Notice. If you get a scam IRS notice, forward it to and then delete it from your email account. Let the FTC know too.

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