On Tuesday (20 May) musicians from the Columbus Symphony proposed their remedy for the ensemble’s fiscal woes. Their offer to give up about 6.5% of their salaries may have been the stalemate breaker. Columbus Symphony board president Robert Trafford says he’ll contact Central Ohio Federation of Musicians president Douglas Fisher to schedule new discussions.
Orchestra management had proposed axing the full-time roster by over 40%, from 53 to 31, effectively converting the Columbus Symphony to a chamber orchestra. The package also included a cut in the length of the season.
The musicians nixed that idea. The scheme they put forth on Tuesday called for the same salary reduction proposal the orchestra’s management had earlier rejected, and also challenged management to reduce administrative and other expenses not directly related to musicians’ salaries by over US$2 million.