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Louisville Orchestra ratifies new musicians contract

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 6, 2013) – The Louisville Orchestra and its musicians have reached an agreement on a three-year contract between the association and members of Local 11-637 of the American Federation of Musicians. The new contract takes effect June 1, 2013, and runs through May 31, 2016.

According to the agreement, musician wages will remain level during the first two years and will increase by 3 percent in the third year. The length of season will remain at 30 weeks and the number of salaried musicians will be 55 or 56.

The new contract succeeds the one-year settlement agreement of April 2012.

“The Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Committee and management team came together for the greater good of the organization and community,” said Chuck Maisch, board president of the Louisville Orchestra. “The agreement allows for a modest pay increase for our musicians while maintaining organizational cost structure stability.”

“While Louisville Orchestra musicians will take a wage freeze for another two years that is economically painful, we understand the value of a reinvigorated board of directors, consultant Peter Pastreich and the management resources he has helped put in place that will keep us moving forward as the orchestra selects a new music director,” said Kimberly Tichenor, violinist with the Louisville Orchestra and chairman of the Musicians’ Orchestra Committee.