The bottom line: what top US orchestra executives are paidmain
Drew McManus has just published his invaluable annual trawl of executive earnings in US orchestras, based on the IRS Form 990 that all public companies have to declare.
Drew’s latest figures, released first through Slipped Disc, cover the 2014/15 season, when Minnesota was emerging from turmoil and others were plunging right in. We will look at the disturbing Minnesota figures here..
In the meantime, here are the top 10 earners:
1 Los Angeles Philharmonic: $1,714,486 (Deborah Borda)
2 Minnesota Orchestra: $1,048,686 (Michael Henson)
3 Boston Symphony: $777,296 (Mark Volpe)
4 Philadelphia Orchestra: $776,143 (Allison Vulgamore)
5 New York Philharmonic: $675,984 (Matthew Van Besien)
6 Cleveland Orchestra: $629,303 (Gary Hanson)
7 San Francisco Symphony: $542,638 (Brent Assink)
8 Atlanta Symphony: $524,650 (Stanley Romanstein/Terry Neal)
9 Dallas Symphony: $521,699 (Jonathan Martin)
10 Detroit Symphony: $437,007 (Anne Parsons)
Much has changed since 2015. Deborah Borda has returned to NY, replacing Van Besien. Vulgamore is leaving Philly. Hanson went to Toronto. Assink retired. Atlanta hired Jennifer Barlament. And Jonathan Martin left Dallas for Cincinatti. Of the ten top earners of 2015, only Volpe and Parsons are still in their posts.
It’s a pressure job.
See Drew’s site for further details.