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Articles, Orchestra News

Symphoria Ratifies First Agreement

In June, the musicians of Symphoria in Syracuse, New York, ratified their first one-year agreement. The agreement—basic, but comprehensive—is intended to serve as a template for future agreements.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Resolves Orchestra Strike

Days after a musicians strike began, musicians and management of the Lyric Opera of Chicago reached a contract agreement October 14.

North Carolina Symphony Collaborates with Cherokee Tribe

This October saw the culmination of a multi-year partnership between North Carolina Symphony (NCS), based in Raleigh, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the world premiere of a work by composer William Brittelle.

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Ratifies New Agreement

The Metropolitan Opera reached a labor agreement with its orchestra musicians in August, allowing the company’s season to start on schedule at the end of September.

Minnesota Orchestra Tours South Africa

The Minnesota Orchestra became the first professional US orchestra to visit South Africa with its five-city tour of the country in August.

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Ratifies New Contract

Musicians of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO), members of Local 447-704 (Savannah, GA), have ratified a new contract following a tentative agreement that was reached at the end of May.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Three-Year Contract

At the beginning of September, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) musicians ratified a three-year agreement retroactive to September 1, 2017 and running through August 31, 2020.

Arbitration Victory for Houston Ballet Orchestra

The musicians of the Houston Ballet Orchestra, members of Local 65-699 (Houston, TX), recently prevailed in arbitration of a grievance filed against the Houston Ballet Foundation (HBF) when it misapplied the CBA’s force majeure clause in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Signs Contract

At the end of August, musicians and management of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announced a five-year CBA that began September 1.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Marks Its 100th Anniversary

This year, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) celebrates its 100-year anniversary season. Four special concerts will be held during the season, including a live symphonic performance to La La Land in November.