Write a letter to the DSO Board of Directors

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!

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5 Responses to Write a letter to the DSO Board of Directors

  1. Dwayne Stansberg says:

    For crying out loud, what is this board thinking?
    Under their “leadership,” their failure to manage and
    comprehend a workable environment is laughable.
    Knowing how thing should work and really feeling a sense of
    yearning for accomplishment is something they can’t handle.
    Our only hope is to change the board and begin rebuilding,
    unless this great city loses it’s great treasure — the
    MUSICIANS!

  2. Eileen aboulafia says:

    I was born and raised in detroit and as long as I can remember music has been a part of our lives and the dso the height of excellence.
    When I was a pre teen we tried to emulate our beautiful orchestra in our sunroom with friends such as Joey siverstein
    Our neighbor among others who remained in the music business. It was at my house because I was the pianist and it was too heavy to move.
    When I married I took my children and later my grandchildren to Saturday morning concerts.
    This is a tradition that prevailed in so many families.
    Please find a way to support this first class orchestra so that I may take my great grandchildren to enjoy the finest music from the finest orchestra.in the country

  3. Michellel K says:

    “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”
    As the old song goes….. we drove down Woodward on Saturday after leaving the NAIAS (auto show at cobo center) and it was a very sad scene that Orchestra Hall was dark and no one was around that fine facility.
    More importantly, the world-class orchestra musicians are not working, this is just another group of Michiganders/Detroiters out of work. It’s not right when the end could be resolved with honest, sincere negotiations on both sides. I want to be able to attend DSO concerts, I want my students to be able to hear our special Orchestra.
    Be reasonable everyone- end this strike. Let the music ring out again.

  4. Wayne and Jean Pursell says:

    My husband and I moved our family to Detroit about ten years ago. We came here knowing little about the area, but we did know that Detroit had a reputation for a world-class symphony. We have been subscribers since that first year in Michigan, and loyal supporters ever since.

    It has been sad to be without the symphony this season. We hope that the strike will soon be settled, and the board will find the funds to pay our musicians the salaries they deserve. Please don’t force the city to give up something of which every member can be extraordinarily proud.

  5. meena says:

    I am writing because of my great concern for the DSO. My sons teacher is a member of the DSO. I think music is so important for the soul and I can’t imagine a world without music. I wonder why the board stands by and allows the crisis to continue. Why is there no sign of 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?
    Please help us save the DSO as a world-class orchestra—not as a small, second-class orchestra reflecting a small vision.

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