January 25, 2012



(Portland, OR) – Oregon Symphony Board Chair Terry Pancoast today announced that the symphony and musicians have agreed to a new three-year contract.  The contract was ratified by the board of directors at its January 24 meeting and by the musicians of the orchestra on January 20.  In making the announcement, Mr. Pancoast expressed his appreciation to the orchestra musicians who have been performing without a contract during the current 2011/12 season.  He noted that negotiations were conducted with mutual respect and a joint commitment to addressing economic challenges while maintaining high artistic standards.

Highlights of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Symphony President Elaine Calder focused on the broadcast possibilities that are now available.  “Following the successes of the Carnegie Hall concert and the recently released “Music for a Time of War” CD, we look forward to sharing the orchestra’s artistic excellence locally, nationally and internationally through a partnership with All Classical 89.9 and our new relationship with the Dutch recording label PentaTone. The broadcast partnership is currently being structured and we expect to release more details about it in the near future.”

The Oregon Symphony Association was represented at the bargaining table by Board Chair Terry Pancoast, Vice Chair Walter Weyler, President Elaine Calder, General Manager Mary Crist, and Chief Financial Officer Janet Plummer.  They joined Bruce Fife, President AFM, Local 99, and musicians Jennifer Arnold, Ron Blessinger, John Cox, Ken Finch, Evan Kuhlmann and Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, chosen by their colleagues to represent the players in the orchestra.

Mr. Fife, who also serves as International Vice President of the AFM, said: “I applaud the tremendous work of both the Association and Musician negotiation committees, who recognized and built upon the notable progress made by this organization over the last two years, both artistically and financially, and which allowed for the first small steps in rebuilding musician compensation from the deep concessions made in 2009.”


Jim Fullan
Vice President, Communications, Marketing & Sales