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Orchestras in Dallas, Montreal Get New Contracts

Despite a global economy that is making jobs, paychecks and savings vanish into thin air, musicians in the Dallas and Montreal Symphony Orchestras still have paychecks for the foreseeable future. According to a report in the Dallas Observer, a new two-year contract for the members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who receive a $90,000-per-year base salary, stipulates a wage freeze for the 2011-12 season and a pay increase of less than one percent in 2012-13. The musicians of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, who have been playing without a contract for the last year, have agreed to a new contract offering them a 10.5 percent wage increase over the next four years and other pension perks and compensation for Web broadcasts, according to the Montreal Gazette. These benefits transcend the musicians' $72,000 (CAN) annual base pay, and they come just as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra celebrates the opening yesterday of its new concert hall, La Maison Symphonique de Montréal, which received a so-so review from Montreal Gazette music critic Arthur Kaptainis. Read more:

  • As dallas Sympohony "Struggles" to Balance Art and Economy, Musicians get a New Deal (DO)
  •  MSO hammers out 4-year deal with musicians (MG)
  •  Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal's new concert hall has room to grow (MG)


Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.