These are the final choices on the ballot sheet. You can vote for one orch in each category. All votes must be in by Thursday midnight. The criteria for selection are outlined here. All stories can be searched further in Slipped Disc.
For best orchestra of 2012
Los Angeles Phil Advanced Brand Dudamel to all four corners of the earth, split a Mahler cycle between US and Venezuela
Chicago Despite short strike, sounding happier under Muti, travelling wider
Detroit Out of strike zone, online, on-air, looking years ahead.
Sao Paolo First Lat-Am orch to go global
Tonhalle Zurich Took huge risk on 26 yr-old music director, going boldly for renewal
Qatar Phil - Hired 29 yr-old woman as music director in bid to shake off ancient prejudices
Orquesta de Extremadura Survived against impossible odds in remote part of Spain
@twtrsymphony Breaking new ground
Philharmonia Launched a groundbreaking app.
Berlin Phil Signed brilliant tech deal with Sony, plus the usual reasons
Worst orchs of 2012
Malaysian Phiharmonic Fired 9 foreign players, got placed on international boycott
Johnnesburg Phil Shut down
Minnesota Locked its players out
Atlanta Likewise, with menaces
OSR Geneva Fired new manager, mired in squabbles
Israel Phil Still no Arab players, and rough on guest conductors
Vienna Phil Lost its trombone section, still resistant to women
London Philharmonic Lost 15% of its business, sacrificed player control, played two venues on the same night
Berlin Phil Behaved badly in Salzburg, stumbling in Baden-Baden, all the usual reasons.
Ulster Orchestra Faces being shrunk to chamber orch
There’s still room to add more, but time’s getting short…