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What is your outlook on recent lockouts, strikes, and bankruptcies in the performing arts world, and how do you they will shape the future of the arts?

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Michael Unterman

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I’ve been seeing orchestras struggle, strike, and fail since I can remember, so I’m not so sure it really is a new phenomenon. What worries me most is this new age of brinksmanship (my least favorite word ever). In an ideal world, music would be an escape from the annoyance of the politics, not another public forum for it.
Michael Unterman, Historical Performance Cellist

Celia Zhang

These events are indicating that the performing arts are being treated as an “extra” that is “nonessential,” but nothing could be further from the truth. The outlet and expression of art is just as vital to any society as education, and those who recognize this will continue to help us fight for arts awareness.
Celia Zhang, Fourth-Year Violinist

Matthew Lipman

I think these events are unfortunate, but I believe they can serve as good opportunities to spark a renewed interest in our art.
Matt Lipman, Fourth-Year Violist

Joe Desotelle

The dynamic between the audience and the performer has become increasingly distant, but I think the integration of the knowledge of the music and the composer into performances will allow the audience to have a greater appreciation and understanding of what they are listening to. This knowledge will create more support for arts. 
Joe Desotelle, First-Year Percussionist

Tavi Ungerleider

It’s sad, and I think musicians need to be their own managers, so that there wouldn’t be clashes between the musicians and [management]. For example, the Vienna Philharmonic has a rotating board of musicians in the orchestra so that everyone gets a chance to have a say.
Tavi Ungerleider, Second-Year Master’s Cellist

John Harnage

The economic climate being what it is, it’s not surprising that cultural institutions are facing hard times. But artists across genres must collaborate—and perhaps this is a time of cultural Darwinism in which irrelevant institutions fade away to be taken over by ones that hold greater significance in the present and for the future.
John Harnage, Fourth-Year Dancer

Karen Cueva

I hope these challenges shape future generations of artists who are leaders who are as involved with the artistic process offstage as they are onstage.
Karen Cueva, First-Year Master’s Violinist

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