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Orchestra News

Linda Ronstadt, Michael Tilson Thomas Receive Kennedy Center Honors

AFM members Linda Ronstadt, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), and Michael Tilson Thomas, of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), were among the roster of entertainment industry icons who were inducted recently into the Kennedy Center Honors class of 2019.“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have […]

Las Vegas Philharmonic Partners with Nevada School of the Arts

In mid-November, the Las Vegas Philharmonic (LVP) announced its new partnership with the Nevada School of the Arts. This is the first initiative introduced under the umbrella of the philharmonic’s Music SPARK program, which encompasses education and community engagement activities. In its first year, the partnership includes three intensive mentoring and coaching sessions for chamber […]

New York Philharmonic’s Geffen Hall Renovations to Begin in 2022

After years of delays, plans are set to begin renovations of the New York Philharmonic’s David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in 2022. The renovation project will cost $550 million and is anticipated to be completed March 2024. There has been $360 million already raised. Plans for the concert hall include acoustical improvements and more […]

Massachusetts Locals Join Forces to Organize New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Musicians Association (BMA), Local 9-535, and the Professional Musicians of the South Coast, Local 216 (Fall River, MA), have joined together to organize the New Bedford Symphony (Yaniv Dinur, music director), founded in 1915, as an AFM orchestra. In December 2019, musicians of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly in an NLRB […]

Regina Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Three-Year Contract

In November, musicians and management of the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) ratified a new CBA that is retroactive to July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, Over the course of the contract, base per-service pay increases 4.5% in the current season, 5.2% in the 2020/21 season, and 4.9% in 2021/22. In addition, certain rules […]

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Back on the Stage

On September 23, the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, members of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), returned to the concert hall after a 14-week lockout. We made a very difficult decision to accept the terms of a one-year agreement that maintains our annual salary while working only 40 weeks out of the remaining 50 weeks during the 2019-20 […]

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years

In 2020, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (SLSYO) will celebrate a half-century of educating and mentoring student musicians from the greater St. Louis area.

Locals 9-535 and 216 Organize Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Musicians’ Association (BMA), Local 9-535, and the Professional Musicians of the South Coast, Local 216 (Fall River, MA), have joined together to organize the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra as an AFM orchestra.

Cleveland Orchestra Achieves Balanced Budget

For the first time since 2015, the Cleveland Orchestra ended its 2019 fiscal year in the black, with a surplus of $24,000 on its $53 million budget.

Santa Rosa Symphony Ratifies New Contract

The Santa Rosa Symphony in California, represented by Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), has ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.