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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-02-07 11:28 PM
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SCREWED....by Carnival Fucking Cruise Lines.
Have you ever been hired for a great job...and then "un-hired" weeks later for bureaucratic reasons?

I just completed a succesful year at NYU, studying for a Master's degree in Composition; my focus is musical theater and I'm doing quite well by anyone's standards. But I needed employment over the summer, and I decided to try to get on a cruise ship. 7 weeks ago (during my Spring Break), I landed an audition for Carnival Cruise's Show Band, as an Alto Sax/Clarinettist/Flautist. And I passed it! I gave them all my vital information and was immediately e-mailed all the necessary forms. I was told "Now all you need is your medical forms approved. Turn those in, and we'll assign you to one our ships this summer." And THAT was the start of my problems.

I turned everything in about a week and a half. A week went by, and then they said "We need more detail." So I scrounged
around and got them more detailed records. Then they said "We're missing some medical tests that weren't done." It took me
a couple days to prove to them that I HAD, in fact, had the tests done--they just weren't reading my doctor's print-out
correctly. "Won't be long now," they said. "Only a couple of days. You're in no danger of losing your slot."

After two WEEKS with no answer, I called, and was told, "We're missing some medical tests that weren't on the original form,
but we need them done anyway." I managed to get them done and turned them in, but STILL heard no word from Carnival.
Finally, I called up the department head, who told me that Carnival's medical dept. was still processing my medical tests, but it
didn't matter because all of the Alto slots for the summer were now full. This, apparently, happens all the time over there--
post-audition, some musicians make it through medical almost immediately, and others, purely due to bad luck, get the shaft. And apparently, some of the lucky ones auditioned after me, somehow passed their medicals in a few days, and are now on their way to the Bahamas without a care in the world.

And this is where I am now: no job for the summer, no HOUSING for the summer, and I must vacate my dorm in three
days. And the worst part? I'm stuck with the medical bills I accrued when I underwent all of their medical tests, as Carnival makes prospective employees pay for everything themselves! If there's a better example of "adding insult to injury," I haven't heard it.

So for all of you on DU looking for vacations this summer--if you find yourself considering a Carnival cruise, take a moment to remember Bicoastal, a homeless and jobless student on the mean streets of New York--and go with Royal Carribbean instead!
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-02-07 11:38 PM
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1. I have heard very bad things about Carnival - from a customer standpoint
If I were to ever take a cruise, it would likely be a Disney cruise (because of the great children's programming - we have a 5 year old).
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 08:07 AM
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10. Disney is the best Ive been one
and not just for kids.

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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 08:15 PM
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14. I have heard that!
I have heard good things about Princess as well.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-02-07 11:43 PM
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2. So sorry for what you're going through!
If you were west coast, would offer you a room in my home to rent for the summer.

Hope things turn around quickly for you! :hug:
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-02-07 11:50 PM
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3. What about other cruise ship companies?
Or large resort hotels?

Has EVERYbody hired by now? Maybe wait lists for those that don't show up or decide at the last moment not to come.

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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-02-07 11:56 PM
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4. Do you have family in the area where you can go in three days?
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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 12:12 AM
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6. I have a friend I can stay with for a week or two...
...thanks for asking. Perhaps I can rent a room for the summer, as long as it takes me to find a job.

If worse comes to worse, I can fly home and stay with my parents. Don't worry about my physical well-being--I'll be housed and fed one way or another.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 12:13 AM
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7. Good, because
the homeless stuff... well, you know.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 12:21 AM
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9. What about a hostel??
maybe??
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-02-07 11:58 PM
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5. SCREWN
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 04:02 PM
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13. Au contraire ... not just screwn
But well and truly screwn!

How typical: SCREW THE MUSICIAN! The bar's business is slumping ... the drinks are watered down, the service is slow, the atmosphere is shabby, what's the solution? FIRE THE BAND!

Bake
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 12:20 AM
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8. The North Shore Music Theater is hiring!!!!!!!
Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

NSMT IS CURRENTLY SEEKING:
http://www.nsmt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=v...

Auditions
Please email casting@nsmt.org
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or
call the NSMT AUDITION HOTLINE (978) 232-7277 to leave a message with questions regarding auditions.

North Shore Music Theatre is committed to an inclusive casting policy known as
non-traditional casting. NSMT encourages performers to auditions regardless of
age, gender, race, ethnicity, or the presence of a disability.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

About KITKA

http://www.kitka.org/about/index.html

Job Openings

Music Director: Still accepting applications
Kitka is seeking an amazing individual to take us to the next level
of musical excellence and artistic adventure.
To view the full job announcement, click here.

Ongoing Auditions

Kitka is always seeking singers with strong, beautiful voices and engaging stage presence'
to add to our ensemble. We are looking for vocalists who are adept at singing in both
open/chest voice and pure (light vibrato) head voice styles.
To learn more about auditioning for Kitka click here.

http://www.kitka.org/about/job-openings.html

---------------------------------

Employment

http://www.music.uiuc.edu/aboutEmployment.php

The School of Music regularly posts faculty and staff openings. Click on a position title
in the table below to get more information regarding current employment opportunities.
Please check back often for updates. A complete listing of job opportunities available
at U of I may be found at the Human Resources page.

App Deadline Start Date Position
05/04/2007 07/01/2007 DIRECTOR, ROBERT E. BROWN
CENTER FOR WORLD MUSIC

Duties: Serve as the founding director of the University of Illinois School of Musics new center
for the study and performance of world music. Responsible for the development, artistic direction,
and administration of the Centers programs including instruction, performances, research and
outreach activities, and student recruitment. Oversee and administer the Centers budget and fund-raising efforts, particularly writing grant proposals. Hire and supervise staff.
Recruit guest artists and visiting faculty internationally for Center programs, performances,
and instruction. Promote the Center internationally by initiating and fostering international collaborations. Serve as Curator of collection items; arrange displays and exhibits.
Actively communicate, collaborate, and interact with UIUC faculty and staff, as well as with
local and regional schools and cultural institutions.
Teach music courses related to area of expertise.

Rank: Regular, full-time academic professional position
with additional appointment as non-tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Salary: Salary based on qualifications and experience.

Qualifications: Master of Music degree required; doctorate or equivalent professional experience preferred. Background in ethnomusicology and associated scholarly activity, with broad knowledge
of the worlds major musical traditions required. Substantial experience directing a staff and administering similar programs and demonstrated success in grant-writing and/or fund-raising
required. Experience teaching college-level music courses preferred.

Application: Please refer to Search #10954. Send letter of application with Curriculum Vitae
and arrange to have 3-5 letters of recommendation sent to Karl Kramer, Director.

Contact:
Karl Kramer, Director
School of Music
University of Illinois
1114 W. Nevada
Urbana, IL 61801
Telephone: 217-244-2676

Please do not send additional materials until requested.

Please note that the starting date indicated above is negotiable and may be prior to or after July 1, 2007.

Deadline: For full consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than May 4, 2007.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.
04/15/2007 06/10/2007 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT - ILLINOIS SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC

Duties: Positions available for Instructors, Counselors, and Work Crew

Rank: Summer University Employee

Salary: Pay is dependent on position assigned.
Tuition waivers for graduate music studies if employed full time.

Qualifications: Music/Education degree preferred.
A music degree is not required for all positions

Application:
For earliest possible consideration, please submit application by February 15.

Complete ISYM 07 Employment Application.

Please return completed form by Mail or FAX.

Mailing Address:
Illinois Summer Youth Music
Attention: David Allen
University of Illinois
School of Music
1114 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Fax Number: 217.244.4585

Contact: David Allen allend@uiuc.edu ; 217.333.6453

ILLINOIS SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC
ISYM is a comprehensive and intensive program of music instruction for student musicians.
It is held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For the past 57 years, Illinois Summer Youth Music has enrolled more than a thousand students annually. ISYM has as its objectives to develop musical skills and to improve the understanding
and appreciation of music.

Our 19 different camps are designed to challenge musicians in varying degrees of musical skills
and development. Faculty members for ISYM are carefully selected and include those who understand
both the development process and the needs of young student musicians.
03/19/2007 08/16/2007 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - JAZZ BASS

Duties: Teach graduate and undergraduate students in applied jazz bass as well as courses related
to the theory and practice of jazz. Courses may include jazz composition/arranging, jazz improvisation, music technology, repertory, improvisational music ensembles, and rhythm section techniques. Develop/maintain a distinguished career in the jazz profession as a performer and/or scholar. Participate in student recruitment, auditions, advising, recital hearings,
and in service to the University and the profession as appropriate for tenure-track faculty.

Rank: Assistant Professor, regular full-time, tenure-track position (pending budgetary approval).

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualifications: Masters degree in music or equivalent professional experience required.
Experience teaching college-level jazz-related courses is expected as well as demonstrated
ability to interact effectively with students and faculty in related disciplines.

Application: Please refer to Search #10990. Send a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae,
and an audio recording containing examples of your creative work, and arrange to have 3-5 letters
of recommendation (at least one of which must address teaching jazz-related courses) forwarded
to Director Karl Kramer. Additional materials will be requested later from candidates selected
for a second level of review.

Contact: Karl Kramer, Director
School of Music
University of Illinois
1114 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Telephone: 217-244-2676

Deadline: For full consideration, all applications must be postmarked
no later than March 19, 2007.


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.
01/24/2007 02/01/2007 ASSISTANT SPECIALIST IN AUDIO SERVICES - MUSIC

Duties: Assist the Specialist in Audio Services with engineering and duplicating recordings
and designing and implementing sound reinforcement systems for School of Music concert
productions. Produce, edit, master CD recordings; schedule recording sessions; archive and
document recordings; invoice clients. Assist with allocating equipment for productions;
inventory and maintain equipment.

Rank: Regular half-time academic professional position; salary commensurate with experience.
If funding becomes available in the future, it is possible the position may be increased to full time.

Salary: To be determined.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree required, preferred fields of audio engineering/ technology, electrical engineering, or music. Three years of professional experience in audio-related field required. Expertise in microphone selection and placement, loudspeaker and amplifier setup and operation, mixing console operation, use of ancillary equipment and digital audio workstation operation required. Ability to read music and knowledge of various musical styles and instruments required.

Application: Please refer to Search #10953. Send letter of application with Curriculum Vitae and arrange to have 3-5 letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Karl Kramer.

Contact: Karl Kramer, Director
School of Music
University of Illinois
1114 W. Nevada
Urbana, IL 61801
Telephone: 217-244-2676

Deadline:
For full consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than January 24, 2007.
Starting date is negotiable.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.
01/16/2007 08/16/2007 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION


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:shrug:

I hope something turns up for you asap!!! Hang in there!!!

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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 03:50 PM
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11. Thanks for these...
I live in NY, so it's doubtful these would be the best jobs for me right now.

I may have gotten summer housing here at NYU, so at least I got THAT going....
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 03:55 PM
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12. NC Outdoor dramas
Sorry Carnival screwed you over. That really sucks.

It's a long shot but maybe they are still hiring crews?

http://www.unc.edu/depts/outdoor/auditions /

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Scooter24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 08:22 PM
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15. I am a Diamond member with Royal Caribbean.
Been on 14 RCCL cruises since 1996. After 3 Carnival cruises in the late 90's, I just couldn't take much more of their tacky decor, among a few other complaints, and have mostly given up on the line.

I'm sorry for your problems with the line and wish you well in your job hunt.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 08:23 PM
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16. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this!
I remember when you got this job, how excited you were. :( I am SO SO sorry. :hug:

Good luck getting something worked out. Keep us posted.
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