Today’s annual statement of the German orchestral association (DOV) shows a continued pattern of gentle decline.
The number of orchs is 131, down from 168 in 1992.
The number of jobs is down 20 percent from 12,159 in 1992 to the present 9,825.
However, chamge can also mean progress. Some 30 percent of orch seats are now occupied by women. Even more encouraging, of young orchestral musicians aged 25 to 30 the proportion of women is now just over 50 percent.
The future is bright. The future is female.
(Don’t tell them in Vienna.)