Letter from Marianne Gedigian

Dear Board,

Once again I write to plead for artistic integrity from the Board. Please allow the musicians of the DSO to play symphonic music for the children of Detroit. You need not make these concerts pops-like for the sake of audiences. Let the music speak for itself and you may be amazed that some of the children might love this repertoire, and choose a career in music – as I did.

– Marianne Gedigian – student of Clement Barone, former solo piccoloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Professor of Flute
Butler Endowed Professorship in Music
Butler School of Music
The University of Texas at Austin


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  • Helen Near

    Thanks Marianne, for reminding us that the DSO isn’t just the current roster of the orchestra, but an amazing group of musicians who dedicated their lives to music and teaching for decades. I remember fondly my teacher and mentor Clement Barone, former piccolo of the DSO. But I also have great memories of the DSO who made recordings under Antal Dorati and Neemi Jarvi. who traveled to bring the Detroit sound to Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Friends and colleagues, if you studied with a former/current member of the DSO, tell the public how they touched your life–students today need these same kind of mentors through this fabulous orchestra!!

    Helen Near, Freelance Flutist
    Member, Local 5
    Detroit Federation of Musicians

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