Columbus Symphony musicians reject "final offer"
I'm wondering if the Columbus Symphony will cease to exist, given the state of affairs right now. Last Thursday night, the musicians in the Columbus Symphony voted to reject the orchestra board's final offer for a new contract.
The offer included a 40 percent pay cut for the 53 full-time musicians, from $55,200 to $33,000. Musicians were also required to pay 30 percent of their monthly health insurance premiums. Part-time musicians, now paid $150 per rehearsal and concert, would be reduced to $100.
Douglas Fisher, president of the Central Ohio Federation of Musicians Local 103, tells me that 10 to 20 local Cincinnati area musicians regularly play in that orchestra.
Here's a link to the Columbus Dispatch story.
And here's a link to a letter to the citizens of Columbus, from principal clarinetist David Thomas.
What do you think? Should Columbus continue to support a symphony?
What will this mean for area musicians who play with that orchestra?