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Orchestra News

New Jersey Signs 2015 Contract

After more than a year, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) has signed a two-year agreement that was ratified in December 2015. The agreement is retroactive to September 2015 and effective through August 2017.

Sarasota Librarians Represented Under CBA for First Time

In November 2015, the librarians of the Sarasota Orchestra signed cards asking to be represented by the AFM and to be included in the collective bargaining unit of the Sarasota Orchestra.

Local 293 Signs CBA with Burlington New Millennium Orchestra

Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) signed a new collective bargaining agreement with the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO), a 30-piece contemporary chamber orchestra.

AFM 100th Convention Highlights

During June, the historic AFM 100th Convention took place at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. From pre-convention regional meetings to the swearing in of officers on the final day, the proceedings ran smoothly and were a true demonstration of solidarity.

Casting Off the Yoke of Misclassification

As announced in the May 2016 issue of the International Musician, the recent ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to deny the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s petition for review and grant the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) cross application for enforcement is indeed a very important ruling, especially for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Be Featured on Great Performances

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Be Featured on Great Performances — The Lyric Opera of Chicago and its orchestra’s recent world premiere production of the opera Bel Canto by Jimmy López will be broadcast on the PBS series Great Performances next season.

iPads Enhance BSO Concert Experience

iPads Enhance BSO Concert Experience — In an effort to connect with younger patrons, Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering audience members the use of customized iPads with content

Dallas Symphony Tour Postponed

Dallas Symphony Tour Postponed

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Balances Budget

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Balances Budget — Just two years after the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) implemented an emergency $5 million fundraising campaign to stay afloat,

Hartford Musicians Accept Pay Cut to Save Orchestra

Hartford Musicians Accept Pay Cut to Save Orchestra — The musicians of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) have voted to accept a wage concession agreement that management claims is necessary to save the orchestra.