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The Omaha Symphony announced a new five-year contract in mid-May, providing modest salary increases for musicians each year, as well as a 1% signing bonus in the first year of the contract. Altogether, base salaries will rise from $31,901 in first year to $35,024 in final year. The orchestra will also contribute $150 more toward musicians’ health insurance costs each year. Other health insurance options continue to be explored, including options made available by the Affordable Care Act.
Under the new contract, musicians will have more flexibility regarding use of personal days, and double rehearsals will be shortened to accommodate musicians with daytime employment. The contract also states that the concertmaster will serve on all audition committees.
“The musicians are proud to be part of an organization that is truly dedicated to the long-term status of the Omaha Symphony as a major artistic pillar in our community,” says John Klinghammer, a member of Local 70-558 (Omaha, NE) and chair of the negotiating committee. “We move forward with peace of mind knowing that the stability that this auspicious agreement brings will allow all of us to concentrate on the beautiful business of performing great music for the city of Omaha.”