7. EMPLOYMENT SITUATIONS
Seamus Doyle (Ireland) – Download Seamus Doyle’s speech (in English)
Having spent some years playing with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Seamus Doyle has been since 1995 principal double bass with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, performing a wide range of repertoire in many genres. He has been on the union committees of both orchestras, serving as president of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra section of the Musicians Union of Ireland. He is a member of the National Executive of the MUI, and represents the MUI at national level in SIPTU, Ireland’s largest Trade Union, of which the MUI is part. In his representative role for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, he has worked hard to promote policies of equality, engagement and inclusion in decision making.
Outside his RTÉ work he has worked in a variety of orchestras, and has regularly been active as a string tutor to the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the Dublin Youth Orchestra, and he is double bass tutor with and conductor of the St. Agnes’ Community Youth Orchestra, a socially inclusive children’s orchestra featured in an award winning documentary series for Irish television. He is chairman of the Crumlin Music Education Partnership, promoting music education as a means towards personal development and social equality.
Dominique Citroen (Netherlands) – Download Dominique Citroen’s speech (in English)
Dominique studied harpsichord with Anneke Uittenbosch at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and took lessons and masterclasses with Ton Koopman and Gustav Leonhard. During her studies she already was a member of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam with Jan Willem de Vriend.
After her graduation she also played with Amsterdamse Bach Solisten and worked with Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Phillip Herreweghe and Marc Minkovski. Also, she played in various Dutch orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the Netherlands and abroad.
Since 1995 Citroen worked as a music consultant for the UWV. She was responsible for coaching and mediation and job seeking. From 1998, Dominique worked as a project assistant at what nowadays is called Cultuur en Ondernemen. Here she was responsible for organizing training projects, she coordinated grant applications and advised for the WWIK. From 2002 until April 2010 Dominique worked as staff assistant for the VandenEnde Foundation and since January 2010 as senior project advisor for SNS REAAL Fonds. Since 2008 she started Citroen Adviesbureau Podiumkunsten.
Jim Baker (Unites States)
Jim Baker is Co-ordinator of the Council of Global Unions (CGU), which was created in 2007. It is composed of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) representing national centres and the Global Union Federations (GUFs) which bring together unions by sector and occupation at the international level. The International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (IAEA) is a founding member of the CGU.
Before going to the CGU, Baker was the Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities of the International Labour Office, preceded by his service as Director of the Department of Multinational Enterprises and Organising at the international Free Trade Union Federation (ICFTU), one of the founding members of the ITUC.
Jim Baker served the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO) beginning in 1974. He held various positions at the AFL-CIO including Field Representative, Regional Director for the nine Western States AFL-CIO European Representative, based in Paris, and Executive Assistant to the President. While serving as European Representative, he was a member of the ILO Governing Body and a substitute member of the Executive Board of the ICFTU.
Baker began his trade union life in California as a member of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers Union (UAW). At that time, he was a production worker for the Ford Motor Company.
Hiroshi Sato (Japan)
Hiroshi Sato was born in 1959.
Since 1984, he has been working as a trumpet player in the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra (Yamagata is in the northeast of Japan). He has been active in the local union since 1987.
He was elected board member of the Orchestra Committee of the Musicians Union of Japan (MUJ) in 1996.
He was later on appointed General secretary and, sInce 2003, he is the elected chairman of that committee.
He is currently a member of MUJ’s Executive Committee.
Carla Lehmeier-Tatum (United States) – Download Carla Lehmeier-Tatum’s speech (in English)
Carla Lehmeier-Tatum has been a cellist with the New Mexico Symphony for 22 years. She received her college training at the University of Arizona and Ohio University-Athens. It is her passion for protecting the rights and interests of musicians that motivated her to become chair of several orchestra committees, negotiations committees and President of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) Board. She is also a member of the AFM-Albuquerque Local 618 Board.
Carla has served on the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) board since 2004 and has been the ROPA President for the past 2 and half years. She has participated in national AFM media negotiations and has spoken at Symphonic Players Conferences, AFM Convention, symphonic training institutions and rallies across the United States on behalf of Symphonic musicians. Her speaking engagements include the Kennedy Center’s orchestral management fellowship training program. Her duties as ROPA President include consultations with many of the 83 Regional Orchestra Players Association member orchestras.