Pittsburgh Symphony sacks 17 staff

The aim is to balance the budget – at least that’s the official line.

The layoffs were all in the sales department.

The Symphony still employs 79 full-timers and 80 part-time, not including the musicians.

Artistically, it’s on a high with the Austrian Manfred Honeck, undertaking ambitious tours. But someone has to mind the pennies back home.


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  • If they still have 79 full-time and 80 part-time sales staff, as this posting implies, they sound seriously over-staffed to me. ūüôā

  • They do not have those numbers of sales staff: those are the numbers of ALL staff still employed. But I love how cutting those who bring in revenues is supposed to help decrease the deficit. Let’s see how this goes.

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