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An Updated Look At Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2016

Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations will likely have a larger impact on their future competitiveness than some of the upcoming […]

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Let’s Take A Look At Big Eight Musician Compensation

Now that Cleveland has settled, we can begin to get a sense for how base musician compensation compares across the highest tier of big budget orchestras, which we’ll call The Big Eight (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, LA, National, New York, Philly, and San Francisco). Granted, we’ll be updating this chart with Cleveland’s figures once that data […]

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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right

In an 11/25/2013 article from The New Yorker, the ever sharp Alex Ross vents some frustration toward the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) leadership, the growing difficulty of mid and smaller budgets org to pull funding from the name brand institutions, and the ennui that is political concerns about culture. Ross doesn’t mince words and goes […]

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A Difference Of Opinions In San Francisco

Following up on yesterday’s post about the assertions made in a San Francisco Symphony (SFS) musicians’ statement that the SFS attribute their decision to go on strike due, in part, to ineptitude on the part of the board’s negotiation team. I contacted SFS Director of Communications, Oliver Theil, to see if the SFS had any […]

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Ratified But Unresolved In San Fran?

Over the weekend, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFS) and its musicians finally wrapped up the contentious labor dispute that led to a strike and tour cancellation. Details of the agreement have been trickling out in edited press release format but any meaningful analysis won’t be possible until the complete agreement is made public. Nonetheless, […]

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Did San Fran Just Do An M. Night Shyamalan?

According to an article by Janos Gereben in the 4/8/2013 edition of the San Francisco Classical Voice it appears that the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFO) may not be as close to an agreement as once believed. Gereben reports that neither the SFO nor the musicians have confirmed official approval of the tentative agreement that […]

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Potential Agreement In San Francisco

No, it isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) released a statement late in the day on Easter Sunday, 3/31/2013 announcing a tentative agreement between the orchestra and its striking musicians. Details are few, but if the agreement is ratified by the musicians, concert activity will begin as early as Tuesday, […]

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Reader Response: “You want specifics about work rules? I’m not sure why.”

It has been a very long time since a reader comment has been posted as a formal entry but a recent comment to the discussion thread from the 3/26/2013 article about the San Francisco Symphony work stoppage deserves the attention. For the sake of perspective; although this reader did post under an anonymous moniker, s/he […]

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