New contract, with raises, for Harrisburg Symphony musicians

Posted on: October 10, 2019

“The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra announced they have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Harrisburg Symphony Players Association,” writes Chris Mautner in Wednesday’s (10/9) Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA). “The new agreement covers a period of five years, up to August 2024. It was ratified by the symphony’s board of directors on Sep. 25, and by the musicians’ association on Oct. 4. The new contract calls for ‘modest increases’ in the base scale for rehearsals and concerts, per diem, transporting equipment, pension and other areas of ‘musician compensation.’ Outdated language was also updated to eliminate ambiguities. ‘To be able to look out five years and understand what the cost of the orchestra will be is tremendously helpful to us in our planning,’ Symphony Board Chairman Stephen MacDonald said in the press release. ‘With the contract now settled for another five years, we can concentrate on music-making and institution building,’ said Maestro Stuart Malina, now in his 20th season as music director, in the release. ‘I couldn’t be happier.’ In addition to Malina’s 20th anniversary, the orchestra is currently celebrating its 90th season.”

Posted October 10, 2019