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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 03/26/2010

BSO agrees to pay freeze and pay cut

By Washington Post editors

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s musicians have agreed to take another salary hit to help the organization weather the recession.

Players accepted a freeze for the 2010-2011 season on Thursday. They also agreed to a 16.6 percent reduction for the two seasons after that. In addition to Baltimore, the BSO regularly performs in Montgomery County.

Last year, musicians donated $1 million in contract concessions and accepted a 12.5 percent salary reduction for the 2009-2010 season.

Jane Marvine, an English horn player and Players’ Committee spokeswoman says this new agreement sets them back a decade. By the 2012-2013 season, BSO members will earn $67,600 in base pay, which is about the same as in 2001. A previous contract would have raised base pay to about $90,000 by 2012. The base rate this season is $71,000.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | March 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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