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It Looks Like Nashville Came To Its Senses

Statements from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) board and musicians indicate that both sides have reached a tentative agreement pending musician ratification. Since the musicians are still officially off for the summer, it is likely that they may wait until next week before conducting a ratification vote and if they have provisions for remote voting, […]

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Is $71,000 Enough To Matter In Minnesota?

For those unaware, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) just wrapped up their 99th convention in Las Vegas, NV and in what has become a reliable standard, Milwaukee Symphony Principal Violist and President of AFM Local 8, Robert Levine, has been in attendance and blogging away with his observations. Most of it is a routine […]

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To Withhold Or Not To Withhold

There’s a fascinating discussion underway in the comment thread from the 7/19/13 article about the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Specifically, there’s a good bit of back and forth on the issue of whether or not patrons who are still angry and hurt over a lockout that ultimately gutted the musician roster and produced little to […]

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Spin In St. Paul

Just a short post today thanks to a longer than expected day of travel getting back to Chicago. Take some time today to stop by the article from Euan Kerr in the 7/16/13 edition of Minnesota Public Radio where he examines the mass turnover in musicians at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). There is […]

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It Looks Like A Deal, Smells Like A Deal, But…

It appears that the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) is going to pick up the shards of what’s left from the 2012/13 season. On 4/29/2013, the musicians ratified a new collective bargaining agreement but there continues to be very little love between stakeholders. The musicians came out swinging by paring the ratification announcement with a […]

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Still Advising Wait And See For St. Paul

Given the news reports over the past few days, it is certainly understandable that one might think the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s (SPCO) extended work stoppage came to an end. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and given some of the outstanding variables involved, there is still room for the potential deal to dissolve. Although most […]

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I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

The word deadline gets tossed around a lot during contract negotiations and yes, a certain degree of brinkmanship is expected when things are dark but it really is time for stakeholders to being demonstrating a higher degree of respect for one another by honoring a deadline. Case in point, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) […]

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More Cancellations for St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) announced additional concert cancellations in the wake of the prolonged work stoppage that has obliterated more than four months of concerts and events. The SPCO has officially called off all engagements for the next six and half weeks through April 21, 2013. Statements from the SPCO and the musicians […]

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