Musician: Support the arts to maintain their integrity

Still, there is one model on which some orchestras are based that increases efficiency. It works in much the same way that a mega fast-food chain produces hamburgers.

In this model musicians are paid low hourly wages and are hired on an "as needed" basis. This, of course, doesn't provide a living wage, so musicians must scramble to find other income, leaving little time to prepare their parts or maintain proficiency on their instruments.

Member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Beth Albert, is encouraging folks to support Charleston's ailing performing arts, lest they be forced into becoming McOrchestras.

Go read her thoughts.