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Mr. Sam Denov

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago , Illinois 60604
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Vice Chairman
    ICSOM Inc
  • Board Member
    CSO Alumni Association


  • Lane Tech High School
  • Tuley High School
  • bachelor's degree , labor studies
    Roosevelt University
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Obituary: Sam Denov helped found a group to improve musicians' wages and working conditions. He was 91.
Sam Denov looked out for his fellow musicians.
A longtime percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with orchestras in Pittsburgh and San Antonio, Mr. Denov was a major force in the founding of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, or ISCOM, serving at various times as chairman, vice chairman and editor of its newsletter.
And following his retirement from the CSO in 1985, the Des Plaines resident became a labor relations consultant, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board.
"Sam cared passionately about the welfare of professional musicians, and his contribution to improving their wages and working conditions cannot be overstated," said Tom Hall, retired CSO violinist and president of the CSO Alumni Association.
At the ICSOM annual conference in 2009, the delegates passed a resolution honoring Mr. Denov for "his many contributions as an early leader in the orchestra field."
"Sam was fair-minded in everything, so it stands to reason he'd feel the same way about his own profession," said his wife of 10 years, Lorraine. "He wanted to make sure that the rights of musicians were protected, and he knew it was important that there always be people keeping their best interests in mind."
Mr. Denov, 91, a member of the CSO's percussion section from 1954 until 1985, died Wednesday, March 4, at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, after a battle with a lung-scarring disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
"Orchestra musicians locally and nationally should remember Sam as someone who helped make possible the benefits they enjoy today," Hall said.
Mr. Denov, the youngest of five children of Russian immigrants, grew up on the North Side, but before graduating from Lane Tech High School, he attended Tuley High School on the Northwest Side.
"When he was growing up, his brother would practice playing the French horn in the family's kitchen," his wife said. "As the story goes, Sam, when he was just a toddler, liked to crawl under the table, where he'd sit just listening to him play."
Near the end of his freshman year at Tuley, the superintendent of music for Chicago Public Schools recommended he transfer to Lane Tech because it had a better music program to cultivate his talent.
"He rarely talked about it, but he must have been a phenom, because back then schools rarely did that sort of thing," said his wife, who taught piano for 30 years. "It's really to their credit that his teachers recognized his extraordinary talent in music."
Mr. Denov played percussion in his high school band and took music lessons on the weekends for 25 cents an hour.
"His father thought that was so expensive," his wife said, with a laugh. "And back then it probably was!"
During World War II, Mr. Denov served for three years as a musician in the Navy and was based in Brazil. During the war, he wed his first wife, Charlotte, while the two were still in their teens. They were married for 62 years. She died in 2004.
After the war, Mr. Denov spent a year in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the San Antonio Symphony in 1947. Three years later, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra but left after two years to run his own high-fidelity equipment business in Chicago.
He was invited in 1954 to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section, where he remained for more than 30 years. He later attended Roosevelt University, earning a bachelor's degree in labor studies.
Mr. Denov was the author of three books, including two in retirement: "The Art of Playing Cymbals: A Complete Guide and Text for the Artistic Percussionist" in 1966, "Symphonic Paradox: The Misadventures of a Wayward Musician" in 2002 and "Boom and Crash Musician: A Percussive Memoir" in 2012.
He was also part of the CSO Alumni Association, serving as its first president from 1993 until 1996, as well as a board member and secretary-editor.
He was preceded in death by his son Tyrone Walls in 2014.
Mr. Denov also is survived by another son, Ernie.
ICSOM - Photo Gallery, 16 Sept 2013 [cached]
1962 ICSOM delegates/founders Rudy Nashan (Chicago), Clarendon Van Norman (MET) and his wife Linda speak with Sam Denov (Chicago) - photo Eric Arbiter
former Chairman Sam Denov with the ICSOM banner (photo Lorraine Denov)
1969-70 ICSOM Chairman Sam Denov (Chicago) - photo Eric Arbiter
former Chicago Symphony and first delegates to ICSOM's 1962 meetings in Chicago and Cleveland, Sam Denov and Wally Kujala - photo Tim Redman
from interview with Dick Lottridge, Rudy Nashan, Sam Denov and Wally Kujala who invited orchestras to Chicago in May 1962 to discuss issues of mutual concern - photo Tim Redman
Senza Sordino, 1 Sept 2009 [cached]
Retired Chicago Symphony member Sam Denov was honored for his work as a founder of ICSOM.
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WHEREAS, Sam Denov was a leader and member of the Chicago Symphony at the formation of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians in 1962; and
WHEREAS, He served ICSOM in those early years in a variety of leadership capacities including Vice-Chairman from 1963-66 and then again in 1968-69, as Editor of Senza Sordino while serving as Vice-Chairman from 1965-66, and finally as Chairman of ICSOM from 1969-70; and
WHEREAS, As Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of ICSOM, Sam Denov helped fulfill George Zazofsky's and ICSOM's goal of establishing the AFM Strike Fund in 1970; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the delegates and officers of ICSOM recognize, thank and honor Sam Denov for his many contributions as an early leader in the orchestra field; and, be it further
RESOLVED, As a token of that recognition for Sam Denov's work on ICSOM's behalf, he be given a framed copy of this resolution as an expression of ICSOM's respect and admiration as an ICSOM Founder.
Sam Denov Remembers His Early Days with the Chicago Symphony and Fritz Reiner | The Drummer Drives, 19 April 2011 [cached]
Sam Denov Remembers His Early Days with the Chicago Symphony and Fritz Reiner
IT WAS SUMMER, 1954 when Walter Hancock, Personnel Manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, asked Sam Denov if he'd like to join the CSO.
Sam and Harry had been friends since their high school days in Chicago when they were both studying percussion with Roy C. Knapp (who taught Benny Goodman's famous drummer, Gene Krupa).
Copyright © 2002 by Sam Denov. All Rights Reserved. ______________
Editor's note:Visit this page on Amazon for my review of Symphonic Paradox, which tells the story of how Sam Denov inspired the musicians to seize control of their own destinies during a time when the Chicago Symphony was being ruled by a Music Director he describes as "a despot who had total control over his musicians and actually took sadistic pleasure in tormenting them."
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Harry's Flashy Shirt Temporarily Blinds Conductor Edward Van Beinum | The Drummer Drives, 19 April 2011 [cached]
Harry Brabec and Chicago Symphony friend, Sam Denov
Harry Brabec and Sam Denov, at Ravinia Festival, sometime in the 1950s.
The picture at left was in Harry's scrapbook with no notation as to when it was taken, so I called Sam Denov, Harry's friend from the Chicago Symphony (pictured with him), to fill me in on the details. I got more than I expected.
"This was taken at Ravinia behind the old stage, where they had a small gravel area to hang out in," he said. "That was where a nail hammered into a stud served as your locker. Sam hadn't seen this picture before, but he confirmed it would have been taken sometime between 1952-1956 when Harry was principal percussionist with the Symphony, which always played Ravinia in the summer.
Sam Denov Remembers His Early Days with the Chicago Symphony and Fritz Reiner
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