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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians agree to pay freeze, cuts

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s musicians have agreed to take another salary hit to help the organization weather the recession.

Players accepted a freeze for the 2010-2011 season on Thursday. They also agreed to a 16.6 percent reduction for the two seasons after that. In addition to Baltimore, the BSO regularly performs in Montgomery County.

Last year, musicians donated $1 million in contract concessions and accepted a 12.5 percent salary reduction for the 2009-2010 season.

Jane Marvine, an English horn player and Players’ Committee spokeswoman says this new agreement sets them back a decade. By the 2012-2013 season, BSO members will earn $67,600 in base pay, which is about the same as in 2001. A previous contract would have raised base pay to about $90,000 by 2012. The base rate this season is $71,000.

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