SPCO makes new salary offer

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2012 - 5:48 PM

Musicians would get more than offered before, but 15 percent less than they earn now. A smaller orchestra is envisioned.

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tadesheSep. 7, 12 2:24 PM

If any business has a annual shortfall of 1.5 Million, it only makes sense to cut expenses by a similar margin. The people of Minnesota have already paid for upgrades to Orchestra Hall, what more do they want? Sympathy? Not going to happen in this economy. Deal with it like the rest of society. Its tough getting your pay cut, but they are far from alone in this sinking boat.

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oberlofterSep. 7, 12 2:34 PM

severance of $100,000? Retire at 55? No wonder these guys are broke!

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johndoe123Sep. 7, 12 3:34 PM

@oberlofter - These are not some Walmart employees. To play in an orchestra, you have to have serious musical skills and talent. The level of knowledge and experience you need to possess to be considered for a place in such an organization takes decades for most to acquire; and is something not everyone can attain. Just like top doctors or highly educated lawyers - professional, classically-trained musicians are not run-of-the-mill street musicians and are not paid as such.

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dnnelson95Sep. 7, 12 4:23 PM

Call me ignorant, but $75,000 to play an instrument. Wow - I should have gone to band camp! Take a reduction or go work in the private section. No one feels sorry for you in this economy.

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eaganderSep. 7, 12 4:35 PM

Is management also taking the 15% cut???

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swatisedSep. 7, 12 5:21 PM

dnnelson95 & band camp - once we start having pro athletes top out at 75,000 to 100,000 ... we can talk about overpaid. As for you - yes - you should be paid more too ... but the current system values paying you less - because that is how you hoover most of the money up to the fewest number of people. As for Walmart - yup - same ther etoo - they should be paying minimum wages of 10.75/hour - and actually could without bankrupting the company. the owners make billions - for what - selling chatchki's, strechy pants, coca cola and cell phones - world wide. At least in Mexico the graft they spent is now accounted for.

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dancingpotSep. 7, 12 6:31 PM

Symphony orchestras are going the way of typewriters ...

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tadesheSep. 7, 12 6:46 PM

@johndoe123....these people are not doctors, professors, police, fireman, ambulance or emergency workers....they play flutes and horns. To cry about a pay cut for highly trained professionals is a joke. How many highly educated and trained people in this country are getting their pay cut??? EVERYONE!! Myself included. So enough with the crying about an overpaid, out of the times profession. If people filled the seats to these shows, they wouldnt have this issue. Wake up!!! Welcome to reality!!

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smallitessSep. 7, 12 8:18 PM

Write a song about it?

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lee4713Sep. 16, 12 7:59 PM

Wow, such hostility. Actually, the SPCO concerts ARE usually full, but the ticket prices are cheap. Management wants concerts to be accessible but they are running the risk of selling the "product" at a loss. How is THAT good business sense?

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