More Than Meets the Ear
Julie Ayer

More Than Meets the Ear is the story of a grassroots movement that transformed labor relations and the professional lives of U.S. and Canadian symphony musicians. The struggles and accomplishments experienced by many visionary leaders of the '50s, '60s, and '70s offer inspiration to new generations of musicians, students, teachers, music lovers, labor historians, and orchestra administrators. Written from the perspective of a professional orchestra musician who has experience in committee activity and labor negotiations, More Than Meets the Ear is a unprecedented overview of the profound effect the musician's labor movement has had on the profession. Minnesota Orchestra case history documents the growth of a major American orchestra in dramatic detail and anecdotes.

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"Ayer writes with an insider's knowledge, experience and commitment."
-Boston Sunday Globe, June 18, 2006

"I am very impressed by the thoroughness of Ayer's research...Whether they are musicians, administrators, or just music lovers who supportorchestras, this history is very important to all concerned with thisart form."
- Henry Fogel, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra president

"Julie Ayer has found an important and fascinating story to tell, and her account is
wonderfully engaging."
- Michael Steinberg, distinguished author and music critic

"Ayer provides an unprecedented overview of the profound effect the musician's labor movement has had on the profession."
- International Musician, January 2006

About the Author
Julie Ayer was assistant principal second violinist with the MinnesotaOrchestra, retiring in 2012. She is a founding member of the Hill House Chamber Players, based in St. Paul, now in its 31st season. Sheorganized and exchanged with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and hasorganized numerous benefit concerts throughout the Twin Cities, mostnotably Symphony for Survival in 1985. She was active in MinnesotaOrchestra "Adopt-A-School" program for many years. She performed withthe Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, featured as Minnesota Orchestra soloist,in Sommerfest chamber concerts, Oregon Bach Festival, and is a formerICSOM representative. She attended the Iowa Writers Workshops, haspresented workshops and spoken to a variety of groups, including laborlawyers, music students and colleagues.