A. Penner says, “it seems they will lose status…? “
The current MO salary is comparative with the top tier of US orchestras who have earned international recognition. The orchestra model many of these players signed onto was that of a destination orchestra of international renown. MOA seems to have a different vision for the MO — to return it to the status of a good regional orchestra, and lower the salaries to be consistent with that level of status.
Previous conductor SNM said in the 80’s the MO was a good place for players ‘on their way up or on their way down’. The MO was not a destination orchestra at that time. Ironically, a handful of players still with the MO were there during his tenure.