Exclusive: What top orchestral execs are earningNews
It’s the time of year when consultant Drew McManus goes through the latest corporate tax accounts to find out what US orchestras are paying their presidents, chief executives and music directors. Drew’s list is published first on slippedisc.com.
Here’s the rundown for the tax year ending July 2019, the kast one before Covid. What it reveals is that Deborah Borda, who was the highest paid orchestral executive at the Los Angeles Philharmonic has not lost one penny by moving to the New York Phil; that Mark Volpe at Boston (now retired) was the only other million-dollar orchestra manager; and that Chicago should be offering its underpaid boss danger money.
Here’s the top ten.
New York Philharmonic: $1,455,594
Boston Symphony: $1,040,949
San Francisco Symphony: $968,107
Cleveland Orchestra: $952,523
Los Angeles Philharmonic: $897,508
Chicago Symphony: $564,516
National Symphony: $475,846
Detroit Symphony: $467,857
Dallas Symphony: $457,138
Pittsburgh Symphony: $437,343
Two further observations. Borda’s salary is almost exactly exquivalent to Peter Gelb’s at the Met. And these salaries are 3-4 times higher than their equivalent at the top European orchestras, where the players also earn less than their US counterparts.
Here’s Drew’s full list, covering the complete US orchesral waterfront.
Tomorrow: What music directors are being paid.