16. May 2009 · Comments Off on Pay Cuts · Categories: Links, Ramble

It’s everybody’s job in these recession-rocked times to get by with less, so we are constantly told. For U.S. symphony orchestras, that should mean a good deal more than making a few nips and tucks, which generally has been their response to the economic crisis thus far.

You can read the entire article here.

I don’t know what to think about conductor’s salaries. I simply can’t even imagine that amount of money. Not being in a major symphony orchestra, I can’t even relate to their salaries. I’ve taken a pay cut recently. The bigger cut was when San Jose Symphony folded, and when Opera San José moved into the new, larger hall. Our performances were cut nearly in half. (To be honest, though, I found doing 15 performances of an opera to be awfully grueling and I’m happy to have a mere 8 performances of each one.)

I just figure it goes without saying that everyone is going to have to accept some pay cuts these days. Better to have a pay cut and a job, as far as I’m concerned.

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