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Legendary composer and member of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 9-535 (Boston, MA) records the latest Star Wars installment in Los Angeles.

Going Her Own Way

Violist Ashleigh Gordon of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) built her career on her own terms.

(Caption left: Violist Ashleigh Gordon of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) built her career on her own terms.) Many successful musicians advise aspiring talents to work hard, practice, and keep their eyes open for opportunities. While violist Ashleigh Gordon of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) mentions those things, she also has more specific advice that she’s followed in …

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Writing the Music of Labor and a Movement

Labor musician and teacher Tom Juravich of Local 1000 (Nongeographic) says it;'s an honor to work with students

(caption left: Labor musician and teacher Tom Juravich of Local 1000 (Nongeographic) says it’s an honor to work with students.) Tom Juravich of Local 1000 (Nongeographic) is a musician and dedicated activist. Juravich uses his musical platform to create folk songs dealing with the American labor movement. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University …

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Joseph Church: A View from the Podium

Joseph Church

(photo caption: Joseph Church of Local 802 recently published the book Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium for aspiring students of music direction).  Joseph Church of Local 802 (New York City) was four years old when he mastered the ukulele in about two weeks. The teacher recognized his talent and suggested he take up …

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Patrick Williams Is Home Suite Home

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(photo caption: Patrick Williams with daughter Greer Williams in the background) In September, composer, trumpeter, and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Patrick Williams will release what is perhaps his most ambitious, and certainly his most personal, musical project yet. That’s really saying something, considering Williams has composed music for more than 65 feature films, …

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