Me, I do not, for a number of reasons.
- There just aren't that many openings in orchestras. This is especially true for wind and brass players.
- There's an immense amount of competition for those seats that are open.
- SFS is still in better financial shape than almost any other orchestra in the country, with a long record of good seasons and strong fundraising. SFS has the second-largest endowment in the country, with only the BSO ahead.
- Lots of other orchestras have big problems: they're in terrible financial shape, or have/have had labor problems (Philly, Detroit, Minnesota, etc.), or have terrible concert halls (NYPO), or are in artistic trouble (BSO - will they name a new MD this year?) or have terrible weather. Okay, the weather is not their fault.
- Most other orchestras still pay worse than SFS. Of course, housing costs in Houston, Cleveland, Detroit, etc. are still lower than in SF, but....then you're in Houston, Cleveland, or Detroit.
- SFS has several openings: One or two in the oboe section, depending on what Jonathan Fischer does; associate principal trumpet; principal percussion; possibly principal timpani, if David Herbert stays in Chicago. There's at least one other nameless player whose retirement would not surprise me a bit. I would expect players in various troubled orchestras to be eyeing those spots hungrily.
- The defections I'd be most likely to worry about? Well, the LAPO has had an ongoing fiasco with replacing their principal flute, though I suppose commuting from SF to LA could be tough. Update:
And the NYPO is having principal clarinet problems.Actually, the NYPO finally filled that chair. And now there's an opening in Chicago, where David Herbert is headed.