The following resolution was passed unanimously by the attendees of 2013 ICSOM conference.
"Whereas, Members of ICSOM Orchestras inspire many thousands of music students throughout the U.S.A.; and
Whereas, Many of these music students become dedicated and serious young musicians; and
Whereas, Music students and young musicians represent the future of our profession, both as performers and supporters; and
Whereas, The well-being of an orchestra directly affects the ability of its musicians to inspire students; and
Whereas, Extended lockouts have caused the loss of members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestras from the Twin Cities, because the musicians have been forced to go far afield in search of work, and even to relocate permanently; and
Whereas, These losses increasingly disrupt or destroy connections between professional musicians and their students; and
Whereas, In order to stem the losses of their teachers and role models, and to encourage the resolution of these labor disputes in the Twin Cities, a group of concerned music students and young musicians has come together and established a new organization called the Young Musicians of Minnesota (http://www.youngmusiciansofmn.org/); and
Whereas, Through the use of public concerts and social media, the Young Musicians of Minnesota have worked tirelessly to keep the ongoing Minnesota Orchestra lockout in the public eye; therefore, be it
Resolved, That, in order to encourage the Young Musicians of Minnesota in their ongoing efforts to support their professional mentors and to bring about a healthy future for the ICSOM orchestra musicians who inspire them, the Delegates and Officers to the 2013 ICSOM Conference recognize the contribution of the Young Musicians of Minnesota, and congratulate them on their accomplishments."
Submitted by Norbert Nielubowski and Paul Gunther (Minnesota), Leslie Shank (St. Paul) and the ICSOM Governing Board.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Members of the ICSOM Conference for passing this resolution--the Young Musicians of Minnesota really appreciate it, and it only encourages us more to make our voices heard!