Charleston Symphony Orchestra Musicians May Enjoy Payrise

Classic Arts News   Charleston Symphony Orchestra Musicians May Enjoy Payrise
Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians may see their salaries restored to 2003 levels under a contract negotiated between the CSO Association and the local union, reports the Charleston Post and Courier.

The agreement was announced May 16 and must be ratified by both groups before June 30.

In 2003, the musicians took a pay cut of approximately 18 percent, to prevent the orchestra from being forced to cancel at least one season. The musicians accepted a yearly paycheck of $17,500, according to the Post and Courier.

The proposed contract stipulates that a section player would earn $20,903 and a principal player $26,128 in the 2006-07 season. The 46 core CSO musicians perform more than 100 concerts from mid-September to mid-June.

The paper had previously reported that CSO musicians walked away from contract talks in January because it believed management would cancel upcoming seasons unless a contract was negotiated by February 1; the board later said the musicians had until June 30, the end of the CSO's fiscal year, to sign contracts.

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