201 947 1788
120 Gladwin Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605
Many years of experience as labor/community organizer and
division director of international union. Strong abilities in
development, training, and motivating staff and members.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong
commitment to clarity. Experience in departmental budgeting.
Training and experience in video and motion picture production with
recent concentration on linear and non-linear video editing.
PC computer skills including Windows95, MS Word, Netscape and web
page design,. (http://members.tripod.com/~LewW)
Long experience in classical music performance, playing with
premiere symphony orchestras. Available for travel.
Consulting in community organizing and political action
1994 - Present
- Produced national protest in support of arts funding at Republican Convention.
Produced protest in support of freedom of expression at RNC.
Edited Monthly newsletter in support of public arts funding.
Director of Symphonic Services Division, American Federation of Musician
1983 - 1994
- Defined operating philosophy and policy for division servicing
members in symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras. Personally
conducted contract negotiations for up to ten orchestra contracts
per year, in many cases winning substantial gains through creative
solutions. .Supervisor of many others conducted by staff members
providing support in proposal preparation, negotiating strategy,
legal issues, and pension structure. Devised and delivered an
outreach program training many members in the US and Canada, using a
three day seminar, teaching the philosophies and craft of organizing
and negotiation. Organized and executed community actions and
lobbying, including the use of TV, radio, and print media. Other
responsibilities included budgeting, staffing interviews and
employment, and general administration of the division.
Principal tuba, New York City Opera Orchestra
1958 - 1983
- Also played with: NY Philharmonic; Cond. Bernstein, Metropolitan Opera; Cond, Mehta, L'Orchestra de
Paris; Cond. Martinon, Festival Orchestra; Cond. Casals, ASO; Cond, Stokowski. Played in big bands of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sauter Finnegan
Recorded with NYC Opera Orchestra, NY Philharmonic, NYC Ballet, as well as many popular groups.
Director of Cinematography Freya Films
1963 - 1974
- Feature Credits House of Seven Gables; Dir. Glenn, The Magic Pear; Dir. Barklow, The Messenger; Dir. Tracy.
Video Projects Converse Tennis Shoes; National spots, institutional
identity videos for American Federation of Musicians,
Layne Bryant, and Newark Archdioces.
New York City College, Film Institute: Production Certificate 1963
Brooklyn College: 3 years Chem. Major 1953-55
Private study: Instrumental music and performance practice 1948-56