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Articles, Orchestra News

Chicago Symphony Announces Strong Ticket Sales

At its annual meeting in October, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced an increase in ticket revenue for the 2017-2018 season. At $23.3 million, sales were $1.1 million higher than the previous season. CSO boasted an 86% subscription renewal rate for its main series—a high rate within the industry.

Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Musicians Sign New Contract

In late September, musicians of the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestras ratified three-year agreements retroactive to September 1, 2018.

Musicians of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Ratify First Union Contract

Musicians of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) voted overwhelmingly to ratify an agreement negotiated by a dedicated orchestra committee, represented by Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) and VSO management.

New Mexico Philharmonic Ratifies Five-Year Deal

Musicians of the New Mexico Philharmonic, members of Local 618 (Albuquerque, NM), ratified a new five-year master agreement, effective 2017-2022. This agreement, the third CBA bargained for the organization created in 2011, was reached after 18 months of bargaining, two of which involved federal mediation.

Houston Symphony Orchestra Sees Significant Raises in Three-Year Contract

At the beginning of October, musicians of the Houston Symphony Orchestra (HSO) ratified a three-year contract that runs from October 7, 2018, through October 3, 2021.

Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil Approves Long-Term Contract

Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) in Quebec ratified a new contract at the end of October. The previous agreement for the musicians represented by Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) had expired in July 2017 and negotiations began in July 2018.

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.