Many of you have asked what YOU can do to, right now, to help us work toward getting the musicians of the DSO back on the stage of Orchestra Hall where they belong.
One thing that you can do today is write a letter to the members of the Board of Directors of the DSO. You can write to this email address:
We will collect these letters and deliver them to every board member! We will also post your letters on the SOS website. If you do not want your letter posted, please indicate so in the subject line
Remember, the members of the Board are the ‘custodians and stewards’ of the DSO. It is their responsibility to support and preserve the orchestra, not drastically change it into a smaller, lesser organization.
Here are some points you could include in your letter:
- WHY does the Board stand by while the DSO’s crisis continues to escalate? Why does it not demand from management an immediate, mutually satisfactory resolution?
- WHY does the Board permit management to collect full salary to administer an orchestra that is not playing and to spend its advertising budget publicizing programs that won’t take place?
- WHY does the Board stand by and not demand accountability from management to explain how it can run through four Development Officers in five years, making it practically impossible to expand the list of donors and develop the kinds of relationships that result in major gifts?
- WHY does the Board stand by while distrust and hostility are corroding the relationship between management and the musicians? And why does it not ask management if and how it plans to eventually repair that relationship? And …
- WHY did the Board not open the floor to stakeholder’s questions at the Dec. 9th Annual General Meeting, as is customary? And, why did the Board leadership leave the meeting so quickly when one of the DSO’s major donors rose to speak?
- ASK THE BOARD to help us save the DSO as a world-class orchestra—not as a small, second-class orchestra reflecting a small vision.
It is our hope that through our efforts and with your support we will bring about a resolution to the current contract dispute and once again have world class symphonic music at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall!