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February 29, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 7

"Getting More Bang for Your Bach"
I work in the financial industry and my job centers around the computer. Having survived two rounds of layoffs as my department was halved and then halved again, I haven't been feeling too comfortable lately. To make matters worse, the kinds of responsibilities I have are with increasing frequency being outsourced offshore by large corporations to places like Bangalore, India. I'm watching such developments closely.

Some economists are of the opinion that off-shoring is a good thing for the economy. Other economists completely disagree. (For more details on the situation, see the CNN/Money article "Education May Not Be the Answer" in Articles Library below.) Who's right, who's wrong? Only time will tell. But it's been very interesting to see the way angry and out-of-work Americans have pushed this issue to the top of the political agenda in an election year.

As organists we may not feel threatened by the possibility of our jobs being outsourced to Bangalore but we have our share of troubles. Traditionally, our profession has suffered from low salaries and salaries disproportionate to the amount of work performed. When I was growing up, my home church paid $6 per service. I always looked forward to playing at their sister church because they paid $7. And this was at the height of the organ's popularity.

Churches, like corporations, are often at an advantage because many times they're willing to do without rather than pay a fair wage. And like our corporate counterparts, we organists take what we're offered because (a) we need to eat and (b) we may not feel we're worth more than what's being offered because, after all, that's what's being offered.

While it is tempting to simply sit back, fold our arms, say "I don't get paid enough," and be perfectly miserable, this will never bring about change in our profession. The only way to improve our situation is to challenge ourselves to come up with creative solutions. To that end, I submit to you FREE Workshop #15: "Surf's Up! Raising Your Internet Profile" which offers ideas for improving the lot of organists through the use of the Internet. The first step is always the toughest.

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Updated Pages
The BLOGs are growing! Victor Frost offers the second installment of insight into his compositional process. Susan Burkhalter has decided on a monthly format called Organists' News and has posted a new issue. I finally put my practice log online so I can track my latest project, Easter music. If you would like to participate in this FREE program, please send me an email.

Articles Library:
In a perhaps classic case of a window opening every time a door closes (Northwestern University, hope not), the University of Utah is inaugurating their first ever Bachelor's of Music in Organ Performance. Added is a February 18, 2004, article on their new organ and new program from the Daily Utah Chronicle: "U students have a new major to choose from. The School of Music debuted its new organ, and with it, the new organ performance degree in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugural concert featuring LDS Tabernacle organist Richard Elliott on Tuesday evening."

Also added is "Education May Not Be the Answer," an article from CNN/Money on offshore outsourcing: "Alan Greenspan and President Bush believe the best response to the movement of U.S. jobs offshore is the same thing it's always been: educating U.S. workers so they can get better-paying jobs. But some people losing jobs overseas are already highly educated, and some economists doubt education will fully ease the pain -- American workers may have to learn to live with lower wages, or policy makers may have to come up with other ideas."

Organ Schools:
Added is the School of Music, University of Utah, and the Department of Music, University of Montana-Missoula.

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Have a great week!

Dan Long

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