In August I traveled to Santiago, Chile to work with the orchestra. As it turns out, my classroom experience as a teacher became essential to orchestra management after a venue insurance snafu caused a major personnel conflict and I was faced with the prospect of a brass walk out I had to remedy in a foreign language. The orchestra manager needed to let go of about 16 players due to a last minute venue change and smaller stage size. A brass walk out ensued in solidarity with the string players that all wanted to work. With the manager nowhere to be found, I rallied the players to work together to accommodate every player. The result was a VERY uncomfortable stage plot filled with VERY happy and united players – all sharing music stands and lights. It couldn’t have gone better!