The ICSOM Conference adopts a resolution calling for the appointment of a structure committee to consider options for possible restructuring of the player conferences in relation to the International AFM and local unions.
ICSOM legal counsel Leonard Leibowitz prepares the Structure Committee report in July 1988. The members of the Structure Committee are:
Irving Segall, Chair (Philadelphia Orchestra)
Larry Bocaner (National Symphony)
James Clute (Minnesota Orchestra)
John DeJarnatt (Seattle Symphony)
Tom Hemphill (San Francisco Symphony)
Carolyn Parks (Kennedy Center Orchestra)
Katherine White (Denver Symphony)
Melanie Burrell (ex officio, as ICSOM chairperson)
The ICSOM Conference passes a motion establishing the Trade Division Committee composed of representatives of ICSOM, OCSM, ROPA, RMA and the AFM President.
The Trade Division Committee is officially appointed in September 1988. The Trade Division Committee’s charge is to consider ways in which trade division structures in other unions might be applicable to the AFM, or if not found to be applicable, to recommend changes that would strengthen the player conferences status within the AFM.
The members of the Trade Division Committee are:
Dennis Dreith, RMA President
Chris Durham, ROPA Governing Board Member at Large
Rosemary Estes, ROPA President
Tom Hall, ICSOM
Carolyn Parks, ICSOM Governing Board Member at Large
Evelyne Robitaille, OCSM First Vice-Chairman
Steve Sprague, Executive Assistant to the AFM President
Richard Q. Totusek, AFM International Executive Board
John Trembath, OCSM Chairman
Bill Roehl is retained to advise the Trade Division Committee in February 1989. He is given materials addressing a full range of issues pertaining to the player conferences and reflecting a series of universal concerns, including:
- A more effective and cost-effective relationship between the player conferences and the AFM, and between orchestra and recording musicians and their local unions
- A more institutionalized access to the AFM and the International Executive Board
- More status within the AFM
- More input, up to and possibly including supervisory power over a fully staffed Symphony and Recording Department Tom Hall and Carolyn Parks report on the activities of the Trade Division Committee at the annual ICSOM Conference.
The Roehl report is adopted by the International Executive Board on March 31, 1990.
The 2006 ICSOM Conference is dedicated to William E. Roehl. This issue’s cover story as well as the accompanying articles about Bill Roehl and the Roehl report were submitted by Brad Buckley, ICSOM Chairman Emeritus.