Minnesota Orchestra Announces New Contractual Agreement with Musicians


Orchestra musicians will now receive annual pay rises under a new four-year contract with the musicians’ union, effective immediately

In time for their new concert season, the Minnesota Orchestra announced a new four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) extending through August 31, 2026, providing its musicians with annual wage increases of 2.5% to 3%. This also follows the recent appointment of Thomas Søndergård as new music director.

The new contract replaces a shorter two-year deal signed during the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020, which saw a 25% discount on musicians’ salaries until the public can return to full capacity.

Although these salary reductions are part of the $5 million in cost reductions for 2021, the orchestra operated with a loss of $6.3 million that year while recovering from the pandemic, according to the StarTribune.

“These were collegial and productive negotiations,” said the chairman of the Minnesota orchestra’s board of directors. Joseph T. Green. “The Orchestra navigated the deepest challenges of the pandemic with a flexible, creative and collaborative approach, and the same spirit prevailed in these negotiations,” he continued. “We appreciate the strong partnership we enjoy with our musicians as we carefully manage the finances of the Orchestra while maintaining our commitment to the highest levels of musical craftsmanship. »

Now, with the return of live concerts, Minnesota Orchestra musicians will see a 2.5% salary increase in the 2022/23 season, a 2.76% increase by 2023/24 and finally a 3% increase in 2024/25 and 2025. /26 seasons.

Other terms of the agreement include the inclusion of additional media payments in the weekly minimum wage for musicians, which will allow the organization to be flexible in the continuation of radio and television programs and broadcasts. live – as well as updated hiring practices to further promote consistency and transparency throughout the process.

“The musicians are very pleased with this agreement which allows the Minnesota Orchestra to continue to serve the community at the highest artistic level,” continued the chairman of the musicians’ negotiating committee, Timothee Zavadil. “In partnership with our board and management, we look forward to ushering the Orchestra into a new era with Maestro Thomas Søndergård.”

“This four-year agreement gives the organization stability as we move beyond the pandemic and into the tenure of our new music director,” said the orchestra’s president and CEO, Michelle Miller burns. “During these negotiations, we were able to sit down with musicians and raise and resolve issues together thoughtfully in a healthy and respectful process. Among the musicians, staff and board there is a great desire to work together for the common good of the Orchestra.

Founded in 1903, the Minnesota Orchestra is a GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble and performs nearly 175 concerts a year, and regularly tours Minnesota, as well as nationally and internationally.


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