I teach Eric once a week for one hour. In addition, I also give a weekly studio
class whereby students from my studio perform in front of the entire class,
and each student comments on the performance, as do I. This is a great learning experience for all the students, as it enables them to practice playing in
public, i.e., to their classmates, as well as to critique a performance. I consider
this to be an essential part of music education, and have held these weekly
classes over my entire teaching career.
If Eric had received his acceptance as intended in 2014 and come to study here
at Coburn, he would have completed the last two years of his Bachelor’s degree
in 2016. In addition, Eric would have had considerable more interaction with
me and additional learning opportunities because he would have been a member of the Coburn orchestra, of which I am the conductor. I do not conduct the
USC orchestra. There are frequent rehearsals in which I would have taught
Eric aspects of ensemble that do not come up in one-on-one lessons.
Eric is making great progress, and in the few short months I have been with
him, I have seen steady improvements in aspects of his clarinet playing that I
have been asking him to modify. He has already won numerous competitions
in the first five months in L.A., has secured an orchestral position in the
Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, and was a finalist for the recent Toronto
Symphony Orchestra audition. He has recently accepted an offer from the
Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where he will be receiving an upper five-figure
Many of my former students are now gainfully employed in major symphony
orchestras across the world. I am certain that had Eric not been robbed of his
opportunity to study with me two years earlier, he could already have won an
audition and been commanding this respectable salary two years earlier.
There are also other potential income-generating opportunities that can and
will certainly arise for Eric from being employed by a symphony orchestra,
namely teaching, soloing, playing in chamber ensembles stemming from the
orchestra, and other possibilities, all of which will increase his income.
To sum up, I am very frustrated that a highly talented musician like Eric was
the victim of such an unthinkable, immoral act that delayed his progress and
advancement as an up-and-coming young musician and delayed his embarking
on a most promising career. (paras. 7 to 11)
 In his affidavit, Mr. Abramovtiz states that his starting salary with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra will be US$71,500. This
amount excludes the additional income that Mr. Abramovitz may
earn from other activities, as described above by Mr. Gilad. I fix the
lost income at US$143,000, being two years of foregone income at
a starting salary with a reputable symphony orchestra.
 These damages — for loss of the scholarship, additional
educational costs, and foregone income, amount to $334,000 in
US funds. This figure does not include damages for loss of
reputation or general damages for the distress caused by being
betrayed and lied to by Ms. Lee.
 In the statement of claim, Mr. Abramovitz seeks general
damages of $300,000 in Canadian funds. Since this is a default
proceeding, I proceed on the basis that Ms. Lee has notice of