The Utah Symphony has signed a three-year contract with its musicians.
But they could only do so with the help of a federal negotiator. ‘I’m proud of the successful outcome of these efforts and grateful for the musicians’ cooperation and support in ratifying this agreement early,’ said Melia Tourangeau, outgoing USUO President & CEO. ‘Under the guidance of Federal Mediator Kevin Hawkins, we were able to have productive discussions and build a level of trust I’ve never before experienced during contract talks.’
Why the hell is that? Why can’t orchestral managers and musicians, who went to the same schools and share a common goal, talk to one another without calling in Big Government? But the Met did it. So did Atlanta.
You want to know what’s wrong with US orchestras? That’s wrong.
I’ll take questions on the subject next week at the LOA convention in Cleveland.