Yesterday, we brought you Drew McManus’s annual earnings list of chief executive pay in US orchestras.
Today it’s the turn of the maestro.
Drew points out that in the year reported, 2001/12, several orchestras (notably Boston and Detroit) deliberately withheld the pay of their music director from the IRS form. Others paid their music director as a private contractor in two or more payments to maintain maestro secrecy. If this trend grows, donors will soon start asking questions.
The top payers were:
1 Chicago Symphony, over $2 million
2 San Francisco SO, also over $2m
3 National Symphony (just under $2m)
The rest can be studied here.
James Levine’s pay at the Met still outstrips the rest.