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ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN: Playing For The Freeway Philharmonic

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Cynthia is a professional bassoon and contra bassoon player for various orchestras. Besides being a freelance musician, which she calls being part of the Freeway Philharmonic, she also works full time as a salesperson at an oboe and bassoon music shop. The one thing she wishes she knew when she was young is to take business courses in order to market herself, which is very important as a freelance musician.

School: University of Colorado ; San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Degree: Music Performance
Job Title: Professional Orchestra Musician/Music Sales Associate
Employer: Self-Employed/Forrests Music

Job Summary: Musicians and Singers

Job Description

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, opera, rap, or rock.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Musicians and singers need extensive and prolonged training and practice to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret music at a professional level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, Strength/stamina, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
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Music
Performing Arts
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<span m='11460'>to</span> <span m='11720'>Santa</span> <span m='12060'>Cruz</span> <span m='12410'>Symphony,</span> <span m='12810'>Berkeley</span> <span m='13190'>Symphony,</span> <span m='13670'>Oakland</span> <span m='13990'>East</span> <span m='14220'>Bay</span> <span m='14360'>Symphony,</span> <span m='15510'>and</span> <span m='15740'>I</span> <span m='15820'>just</span> <span m='16059'>freelance</span> <span m='16540'>around</span> <span m='16860'>whoever</span> <span m='17200'>needs</span> <span m='17560'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='17930'>You</span> <span m='18100'>belong</span> <span m='18490'>to</span> <span m='18720'>a</span> <span m='18760'>local</span> <span m='19240'>union,</span> <span m='19830'>in</span> <span m='19990'>this</span> <span m='20150'>case</span> <span m='20360'>it's</span> <span m='20550'>San Francisco</span> <span m='21100'>local</span> <span m='21380'>six,</span> <span m='22480'>and</span> <span m='23100'>they</span> <span m='23510'>help</span> <span m='24760'>provide</span> <span m='25150'>you</span> <span m='25260'>with</span> <span m='25570'>work</span> <span m='26040'>and</span> <span m='26190'>jobs,</span> <span m='26530'>and</span> <span m='26670'>a</span> <span m='26730'>pension</span> <span m='27170'>plan.</span> <span m='28000'>Also</span> <span m='28860'>to</span> <span m='28980'>supplement</span> <span m='29480'>my</span> <span m='29640'>income,</span> <span m='30010'>I</span> <span m='30110'>work</span> <span m='30330'>full</span> <span m='30570'>time</span> <span m='31430'>sales</span> <span m='32049'>at</span> <span m='32270'>a</span> <span m='32369'>music</span> <span m='32750'>store.</span> <span m='33020'>Forrests</span> <span m='33290'>Music,</span> <span m='33540'>we</span> <span m='33970'>specialize</span> <span m='34580'>actually</span> <span m='35110'>on</span> <span m='35280'>oboe</span> <span m='35390'>and</span> <span m='35670'>bassoon</span> <span m='35990'>here.</span> <span m='36390'>So this</span> <span m='36600'>is</span> <span m='36740'>a</span> <span m='36820'>double</span> <span m='37040'>breed</span> <span m='37340'>specialty</span> <span m='37860'>shop,</span> <span m='38870'>and</span> <span m='39200'>my</span> <span m='39340'>passion</span> <span m='39710'>has</span> <span m='39870'>always</span> <span m='40140'>been</span> <span m='40290'>music</span> <span m='40640'>the</span> <span m='40820'>minute</span> <span m='41160'>I</span> <span m='41530'>started</span> <span m='41880'>playing</span> <span m='42100'>piano</span> <span m='42630'>in</span> <span m='42760'>fifth</span> <span m='43050'>grade.</span> </p><p><span m='43700'>I</span> <span m='43970'>knew it</span> <span m='44050'>was</span> <span m='44180'>a</span> <span m='44230'>big</span> <span m='44410'>passion</span> <span m='44910'>for</span> <span m='45130'>me,</span> <span m='45350'>and</span> <span m='45490'>I</span> <span m='45550'>could</span> <span m='45740'>see</span> <span m='46780'>doing</span> <span m='47020'>nothing</span> <span m='47360'>else</span> <span m='47690'>after</span> <span m='48150'>I</span> <span m='48290'>got</span> <span m='48560'>out</span> <span m='48690'>of</span> <span m='48770'>high</span> <span m='48920'>school.</span> <span m='49320'>So</span> <span m='49380'>I</span> <span m='49570'>started</span> <span m='50290'>pursuing</span> <span m='50690'>a</span> <span m='50930'>career</span> <span m='51460'>as</span> <span m='51620'>a</span> <span m='51670'>music</span> <span m='51930'>performance</span> <span m='52370'>major at the</span> <span m='52610'>University</span> <span m='53090'>of</span> <span m='53160'>Colorado,</span> <span m='53790'>came</span> <span m='54010'>out</span> <span m='54140'>here</span> <span m='54300'>to</span> <span m='54370'>San Francisco</span> <span m='55160'>Conservatory,</span> <span m='56460'>loved</span> <span m='56680'>it</span> <span m='56840'>so</span> <span m='56900'>much.</span> <span m='57200'>Here</span> <span m='57380'>I</span> <span m='57460'>am.</span> <span m='58280'>A</span> <span m='58690'>typical</span> <span m='59110'>day,</span> <span m='59360'>I</span> <span m='59460'>come</span> <span m='59660'>to</span> <span m='59760'>work</span> <span m='59980'>here,</span> <span m='60900'>and then</span> <span m='61340'>often</span> <span m='61720'>I</span> <span m='61780'>have</span> <span m='62100'>a</span> <span m='62150'>rehearsal</span> <span m='62690'>or</span> <span m='62830'>performance</span> <span m='63420'>in</span> <span m='63560'>the</span> <span m='63750'>evening.</span> <span m='64650'>And</span> <span m='65349'>if</span> <span m='65730'>I'm</span> <span m='66130'>lucky,</span> <span m='66390'>I'm</span> <span m='66740'>home</span> <span m='67000'>9:30</span> <span m='67120'>or</span> <span m='67270'>10:00</span> <span m='67960'>in</span> <span m='68080'>the</span> <span m='68180'>evening.</span> </p><p><span m='68640'>And</span> <span m='68790'>I</span> <span m='68830'>have</span> <span m='69080'>a</span> <span m='69130'>couple</span> <span m='69490'>kids</span> <span m='69720'>and</span> <span m='69820'>a</span> <span m='69870'>wonderful</span> <span m='70200'>husband</span> <span m='70610'>as</span> <span m='70750'>well.</span> <span m='71710'>In</span> <span m='72060'>high</span> <span m='72240'>school,</span> <span m='73870'>I</span> <span m='74000'>was</span> <span m='74160'>always</span> <span m='74360'>encouraged</span> <span m='74860'>as</span> <span m='75010'>a</span> <span m='75040'>musician</span> <span m='75480'>because</span> <span m='75760'>I</span> <span m='75870'>was,</span> <span m='76090'>like,</span> <span m='76300'>first</span> <span m='76780'>bassoon</span> <span m='77000'>in</span> <span m='77360'>the</span> <span m='77430'>all</span> <span m='77640'>state</span> <span m='77890'>orchestras,</span> <span m='78320'>and</span> <span m='78430'>bands,</span> <span m='78725'>and</span> <span m='79020'>like,</span> <span m='79190'>oh,</span> <span m='79410'>you</span> <span m='79510'>should</span> <span m='79570'>pursue</span> <span m='79870'>music,</span> <span m='80240'>and</span> <span m='80330'>that</span> <span m='80500'>was</span> <span m='80680'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='81420'>However,</span> <span m='82010'>what</span> <span m='82280'>I</span> <span m='82390'>wish</span> <span m='82740'>I</span> <span m='82820'>was</span> <span m='83010'>told,</span> <span m='83650'>and</span> <span m='83840'>what</span> <span m='83980'>I</span> <span m='84030'>can</span> <span m='84190'>tell</span> <span m='84410'>you</span> <span m='85050'>is</span> <span m='85610'>if</span> <span m='85770'>you</span> <span m='85870'>can</span> <span m='85990'>take</span> <span m='86180'>some</span> <span m='86280'>business</span> <span m='86730'>courses</span> <span m='87150'>and</span> <span m='87230'>learn</span> <span m='87400'>how</span> <span m='87540'>to</span> <span m='87630'>market</span> <span m='87980'>yourself,</span> <span m='88860'>that</span> <span m='89080'>would</span> <span m='89190'>be</span> <span m='89340'>one</span> <span m='89580'>thing</span> <span m='89860'>that</span> <span m='90120'>I</span> <span m='90240'>would</span> <span m='90470'>change</span> <span m='90980'>and</span> <span m='91150'>go</span> <span m='91280'>back</span> <span m='91800'>and</span> <span m='91990'>do,</span> <span m='92310'>because</span> <span m='92570'>that's</span> <span m='92860'>very</span> <span m='93120'>important,</span> <span m='93780'>especially</span> <span m='94250'>as</span> <span m='94390'>a</span> <span m='94440'>freelance</span> <span m='94950'>musician</span> <span m='95410'>to</span> <span m='95510'>be</span> <span m='95750'>able</span> <span m='95910'>to</span> <span m='96030'>market</span> <span m='96340'>yourself,</span> <span m='97260'>and</span> <span m='97440'>sell</span> <span m='97600'>yourself.</span> 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