Colorado Symphony musicians sign three-year agreement, get raise

Posted on: April 21, 2011

A report in Wednesday’s (4/20) Denver Business Journal states, “The Colorado Symphony announced late Tuesday that it had reached agreement on a three-year agreement with musicians. The agreement, between the symphony and the Denver Musicians Association, Local 20-623 of the American Federation of Musicians in Denver, is considered key to launching a long-range planning effort by the orchestra. ‘As a result of this new, three-year agreement with the Denver Musicians Association, the Colorado Symphony can now focus on building on its successful track record of increasing community engagement and serving a vital role as the cornerstone of the performing arts in Colorado,’ said James W. Palermo, CEO, Colorado Symphony, in a news release. … Pete Vriesenga, president, Denver Musicians Association, said the orchestra’s professional musicians are committed to the symphony’s goals of music education, outreach programs and live performances. … In the 2010-11 season (current season), the agreement restores two of four furlough weeks agreed to as part of the 2009-10 contract revision, restores all four furlough weeks that had been planned for the 2011-2012 season, increases base pay 4.5 percent to $1,000.43 per week the following season, and adds 0.73 percent to the Voluntary Pension Retirement Fund.”

Posted April 21, 2011