Vancouver Symphony Orchestra rescinds layoffs caused by pandemic

Posted on: April 17, 2020

“The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is celebrating a rare arts organization win, rescinding layoffs that were announced April 1 because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes Stuart Derdeyn in Wednesday’s (4/15) Vancouver Sun (Canada). “VSO president and CEO Angela Elster and board chair Etienne Bruson said Wednesday the orchestra now expects to meet the goal of maintaining employment for musicians and staff to the end of the 2019-20 season in June. VSO is investing an additional $287,000 as well as utilizing the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program to achieve its goal. Recent virtual performances of the orchestra performing Beethoven’s 5th and 6th symphonies gained over 120,000 views, and the orchestra is exploring ways to increase its online offerings via its VSO@Home series.”