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September 2, 2014IM -
Musicians of the Oregon Symphony have signed a one-year contract extension, through August 2015. The Oregon Symphony Association recently hired a new president and the musicians wanted him to have time to become more familiar with the organization before negotiating a new contract. Negotiations are expected to begin in spring or summer 2015.
Musicians have made numerous concessions over the past several years, including waiving planned raises and waiving premium pay in exchange for more artistic input, creating and implementating of a strategic plan, and requiring that the President’s search be restarted, with the musicians having veto power over hiring of potential candidates. The President’s position had been open for nearly two years. The orchestra’s finances continue to stabilize, with a balanced budget for the fifth straight fiscal year.
Under the contract extension, salary levels will remain the same, but auditions that had been postponed will take place by January 1, 2015, returning the orchestra to its full complement. A planned recording of Haydn symphonies will be postponed until a mutually agreed upon date