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May 15, 2014IM -
The Houston Symphony reached a four-year contract agreement calling for musician salary increases of 2.85% annually, which will bring salaries to $97,240 by the end of the term. The agreement was reached ahead of schedule and goes into effect October 5. The contract will allow for additional concerts and expanded community and education activities.
The orchestra achieved record-setting contributed income and ticket-sale revenue this season, and is on track for a balanced budget this fiscal year. Next season, Houston Symphony’s newly appointed music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, begins his five-year contract.
Local 65-699 (Houston, TX) member Dave Kirk, principal tuba and chair of the musician negotiations committee, says, “I, together with my orchestra colleagues, look forward to our work with Andrés, the staff, and board to advance the artistry and reputation of the Houston Symphony here and beyond. We welcome the opportunity to serve our hometown in an even broader way through additional free community programming allowed for in the new agreement.”