Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2019

It’s time to revisit base musician compensation levels at the top eight highest paying orchestras. For a number of these orchestras, the 2018/19 season marks the end of their existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA). In each of those instances, the outcomes will have a large impact on what many orchestra musicians consider their organization’s ability to compete for the best on-stage talent. We’ve been tracking these values since the 2009/10 season …

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Taking A Deeper Dive Into Cleveland Orchestra’s New Sexual Harassment Policies And Procedures

“The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and ethical working environment.” This is the statement the orchestra’s representative, Senior Director of Communications Justin Holden, asked to make sure was made entirely clear and conveyed to readers. To that end, it is a pleasure to oblige that request. In addition to conveying that position, Mr. Holden provided additional information about both of the new and revised efforts the orchestra …

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More Sexual Misconduct And Institutional Unrest

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The 11/5/2018 edition of the Boston Globe published an article by Kay Lazar that reports on upheaval at the Boston Philharmonic. The source of their disorder comes in the form of a pair of senior artistic figures have been dismissed due to charges of sexual misconduct. Associate conductor, Benjamin Vickers, and artistic advisor, David St. George, are both no longer associated with the organization. St. George was arrested in late September …

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Examining The Report to the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Orchestra

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Today’s article examines the Report to the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Orchestra. The report was the result of an independent investigation into sexual misconduct charges against former Concertmaster William Preucil and former Principal Trombonist, Massimo La Rosa. This review focuses on several of the report’s key findings. Scope of Investigation The introduction material does an excellent job at providing transparency about the firm that conducted …

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When It Comes To Sexual Misconduct, Are We Treating Symptoms Or Trying To Cure The Disease?

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The 10/27/2018 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article by Zachary Lewis that begins to examine some of the more profound questions following their decision to dismiss William Preucil and Massimo La Rosa for sexual misconduct. According to statements from the Cleveland Orchestra, the organization has adopted two measures from the investigation’s report: They established a telephone number “operated by an independent party to enable anyone associated with the …

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