About Us

Chartered in 1908, the Professional Musicians’ Association is eastern North Carolina’s local union of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The AFM is the world’s largest union of performing artists. Local 500’s jurisdiction includes Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Wilson, Rocky Mount, and much more of Eastern NC.


It is mission of Local 500, American Federation of Musicians, to serve the professional musicians of the Piedmont, NC area to create a cohesive fraternity representing the concerns, goals and general welfare of its members. We strive to accomplish this through effective communication with our membership and the community at large; by ensuring all our members fair and equitable treatment in the workplace; and to endorse our members individually and collectively. We pledge to uphold the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of the business of making music.


Carla BurnsPRESIDENT :: Carla Copeland-Burns
Carla Copeland-Burns currently performs with numerous organizations including the NC Opera, Blue Mountain/Forecast, Greensboro Symphony, and with the NC Symphony as a regular sub. She teaches flute and chamber music at Duke University and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Carla has served the Local-500 Board for many years and started her role as President in 2017.




David retired recently following a celebrated career as Principal Tuba of the NC Symphony, Personnel Manager of the NC Symphony, and former instructor at UNCG, ECU, and UNCSA among other institutions.


Bassoonist Jessica Kunttu holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill (B.M., B.A.) and Stony Brook University (M.M., D.M.A.). Her primary teachers include Mark Popkin, John Pederson, and Frank Morelli. As a performer, Jessica plays regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, the Hamptons Festival Orchestra, and the North Shore ProMusica, as well as groups throughout North Carolina and New York. As a teacher, she most recently gave a masterclass at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.