Jon Taylor
Contractor, American Composers Orchestra and Research Analyst, Hunter College

“Her intelligence, work ethic and legal training, combined with her assertiveness and receptiveness to the ideas of others ..."

I have had the pleasure of working with Cecelia for more than thirty years, with three orchestras -- Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, and the American Composers Orchestra -- where her excellent skills as a violinist, her high standards, and her professionalism made her a great asset. I discovered that she can also be very assertive, unafraid to stand up for her rights and those of her colleagues when she felt that the working conditions were unsafe or did not permit musicians to perform up to par. During those years, I can also remember having frank discussions with her about race and employment in orchestras, which is an important issue for the Union to address.

Recently, I had the opportunity to work closely with Cecelia and a few other musicians to discuss approaches to the problems with the pension plan, with a focus on the issue of the Retiree Representative who would be appointed in the likely event that the Trustees apply to cut our pensions under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA). Cecelia worked extremely hard, much harder than the rest of us, studying the MPRA and arranging meetings with the Union and representatives of the Pension Fund. Although she certainly had strong ideas, I found her extremely willing to listen to our ideas and to incorporate them into the terrific article she wrote for Allegro, which required persistence to get published.

Cecelia brings years of experience and a knowledge of all areas of the music business to her work. Her intelligence, work ethic and legal training, combined with her assertiveness and receptiveness to the ideas of others, would make her a great addition to the Executive Board.