Supporting the welfare and interests of regional orchestra musicians throughout North America.
Delegates from ROPA orchestras meet annually to learn and network. The 2020 Conference was an online video conference due to COVID-19. The dates for the general sessions were during the week of July 27-30.
The Leading Tone is the official newsletter of the Regional Orchestra Players' Association.
2020 Annual Conference
The ROPA 2020 Annual Conference was held as an online video conference July 27-30. ROPA would like to thank Rochelle Skolnick, Jane Owen, Todd Jelen and Debbie Newmark from the Symphonic Services Division for their excellent and timely presentations; Chairs of our fellow Players Conferences – Meredith Snow, Tony D’Amico, Marc Sazer and Robert Fraser; Lovie Smith-Wright, AFM Diversity Committee Chair; Alfonso Pollard, AFM Diversity, Legislative and Political Director; Carmen Izzo and Allison Emerick from the Boise Symphony; Rocky Jones and Levi Weinhagen from Team Dynamics, Minnesota Opera Diversity Charter; Kevin Case, ICSOM Counsel; AFM President Ray Hair, and the over 300 orchestra members and Local officers in attendance.
Agenda and Documents can be found HERE.
2020 ROPA Conference Resolutions
Resolutions passed by the delegates at the 2020 Conference can be found HERE
ROPA Executive Board Releases Statement on Anti-Asian Racism
“Once again, we are witness to a horrific hate-crime. On March 17, 2021, eight people, including six Asian American women, were shot and killed by a gunman in the Atlanta area…” read more
ROPA Executive Board Releases Statement on Anti-Racism
The statement can be viewed in its entirety in the header above. Go to this link to download the document.
March 18, 2021 – AFM President Ray Hair Statement: AFM-EPF Announces Benefit Reductions Will Not Be Implemented. Read more on AFM.org
March 10, 2021 – “Good News: The American Rescue Plan, including the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, was enacted by the U.S. House of Representatives today and will be signed into law this week — a victory that will protect the pensions of thousands of AFM members…”
Read More on AFM.org
Click HERE to view a list of resources for ROPA musicians during the COVID-19 crisis.
A Message from the AFM-EPF Board of Trustees.
The Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA): Who we are, our history and our guiding principles. Read more…
Unity is Power: Join ROPA
There are many excellent reasons for being a part of ROPA. Click HERE to find the information you need to join ROPA.