The initial responses to last week’s survey asking orchestra managers who lost their position over pandemic shutdowns to provide an update on their employment status has been both sobering and revealing.
So far, the vast majority of respondents have yet to find a replacement position and a few respondents have been kind enough to provide useful details about their situation. For example, one manager indicated that while they were initial laid off for five months, they have returned to their position, but at 75 percent pay and having absorbed an eliminated staffer’s duties.
In short, they are employed but with a greater workload at less pay.
If you lost your position since March and have yet to complete the survey, thank you in advance for taking part and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same. We’ll take a deeper dive into the results after collecting more data.