Perhaps fitting for this…ode to joy… Beethoven’s 9th will be the first performance of the season.
In a joint statement from the Woodruff Arts Center and ASO Players’ Association, it was announced that the four-year contract will have high-deductible insurance plan which musicians will contribute a larger amount towards, a six percent pay increase and a commitment to grow the orchestra from its year one size of 77 musicians to 84 in four year’s time.
“We are thrilled we have been able to reach agreement with the musicians,” said Virginia A. Hepner, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center. “Over the last several difficult weeks of negotiations, both sides recognized that we all share the same goals and aspirations – we all want a world class orchestra that the musicians and city are proud of and one that has long-term financial stability. We believe this new agreement is one that will allow us to achieve those goals.”
“This agreement brings the restoration of a harmonious relationship within everyone’s grasp based on work we must do together to restore missing positions in the Orchestra while stabilizing and advancing the financial position of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” said Paul Murphy, ASO Associate Principal Violist and President of the Musicians’ negotiating team.