Pacific Symphony Musicians Get Hefty Raises Under New Contract

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After weeks of negotiations, the musicians of southern California's Pacific Symphony have approved a new contract in which they will receive a 41.5 percent compounded raise over the next five years.

During the first three seasons, the musicians will see annual increases of eight percent, with the last two at six percent each. They earned under $25,000 per year and received raises between three and four percent before the new agreement. In five years, the earnings will exceed $40,000 and $62,000 for section and principal musicians, respectively.

"Morale is high," Frank Amoss, president of the musicians' union, the Orange County Musicians' Association, told the Orange County Register. "The spirit of the musicians was jubilant."

The Pacific Symphony is a fully professional but not full-time orchestra based in the new Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California.

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