Some people are under the impression that as a “union” member and part of the PGSO professional core that I have a high paying salaried job. One could forgive them after all I play just like the players in the big orchestras that they listen to on CD.
In fact I make c$9985 a year according to my T4. My “benefits” include pension contributions from my employer and 7 ( usually unclaimed sick days).
Out of this I pay:
Instrument insurance and maintenance ($1000 a year)
Reeds ( for Bb clarinet Eb and Bass clarinet) ( $2000 year)
Replacement parts ( barrels and mouthpieces this year I had to replace them all as the PGSO is now playing at a 442-445)( $1900 this year)
Scores and recording of the works so I can show up to the first reh playing perfectly) ( $1159 this year)
Periodic replacement of clarinets ( this year that was $2813 )
End result less than $1113 for my efforts. For this I work 2-4 hours a day, every day (In addition to whatever else I have to do), I have had 0 vacations in the last in 26 years.
Of course I think this (playing great music as well as possible) is worth while even with so little reward or I wouldn't have done it for 26 years. That is how great music is.
Private performance April 14
PGSO April 21
Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30