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Articles, Orchestra News

Philadelphia Orchestra Begins New Four-Year Contract

This round of negotiations was difficult, but respectful and productive.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Musicians Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

The Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543, (MAMB) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (BSO) on September 20 reached a tentative agreement on a proposed one-year contract.

San Antonio Symphony Looks Toward Future with New CBA

In late August, the San Antonio Symphony announced that its musicians and management had reached a new three-year contract agreement, ushering in a new era of stability.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Local 3 Agree to New Contract

Local 3 (Indianapolis, IN) and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) ratified a progressive three-year collective bargaining agreement on August 2.

Baltimore Symphony Management intent on cutting season despite offer of $1 million from generous donors

At 6:59 pm Monday evening, September 9, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) management issued a “take it or leave it” offer to the BSO Musicians which will be presented to the orchestra for a vote this evening, September 10. The proposal contained wage and benefit cuts of 20%. The federal mediators proposed an extension of negotiations […]

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Members and Advocates Create New ‘Make Music’ Project

BSO musicians and advocates have developed and implemented a project called “Make Music with Baltimore Symphony Musicians.”

Solidarity with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Musicians Continues

New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh Symphony musicians show their support for the Baltimore Symphony musicians with Baltimore Symphony t-shirts.

Albany Symphony Reaches Agreement on New Contract

After five months of negotiations, musicians and management of the Albany Symphony reached an agreement on a new contract near the end of July.

Kansas City Symphony Negotiates Contract Extension

With both its executive director and board chair planning departures, the Kansas City Symphony negotiated a contract extension ahead of schedule.

National Philharmonic Will Continue Operations

The National Philharmonic in Maryland will continue performing in the coming season and beyond, after avoiding a near shut-down this summer.