Because I worked as an Executive Director of a symphony orchestra earlier in my career (and was part of two unfortunate strikes and walkouts), I watch orchestra negotiations with particular interest. I think it’s fair to say that over the past two decades these have come in waves, where orchestras tended to follow one another. Either wage negotiations go well and orchestras sign early, or one goes on strike, which sets off a wave across the county.
What we’re seeing today is something new, outlined in an article last week in The New York Times. The reporter points out that some orchestras are thriving, building new halls, increasing their seasons, and raising endowments. Yet others are struggling, and some big-name orchestras faced strikes yet again.
What makes one different from the other is pinpointed with clarity in the Times article. Even the headline gets it right: Read the Article