San Diego Symphony musicians get new contract, pay increase

Posted on: July 25, 2011

In Sunday’s (7/24) San Diego Union-Tribune, James Chute reports, “The San Diego Symphony and its musicians have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract that provides the orchestra’s 80 players with wage increases of approximately 3.5 percent each year over the next five years. … Orchestra members’ base pay in the contract that ended in June was $57,776. The new contract, which the orchestra voted to approve late Friday, raises that amount to $59,708 in the first year and $68,234 in 2015-2016, the contract’s final year. … San Diego ended its 2010-11 100th anniversary season, budgeted at approximately $18 million, in the black. ‘The San Diego Symphony is a cultural treasure for our city,’ stated Richard Levine, co-chair of the musicians negotiating committee. ‘And it is always rewarding to see that recognized.’ The new contract, signed with Musicians’ Association of San Diego County, Local 325, American Federation of Musicians, keeps the weeks of service at 42 (38 plus four weeks of vacation), continues full medical coverage and retains 80 musicians (it also covers two music librarians).”

Posted July 25, 2011