Musicians approve SPCO offer but still worry about orchestra's future


The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is set to return to the stage next week. Musicians ratified a three-year contract Monday, ending a six-month lockout and a labor impasse that dates back 16 months.

But even as the Musicians Negotiating Committee announced the ratification and expressed its excitement about performing again beginning May 9th, the group also underscored its worries about the future of the SPCO.

The committee chair says the quality of the orchestra will suffer unless management brings in a new president who can increase revenue. Musicians say the large salary reduction they've just agreed to will make it difficult for the SPCO to attract and keep top-flight players. The Star Tribune puts the salary reduction at 18.6 percent, although the musicians say it's more than 22 percent with other compensation also reduced.

Since Sarah Lutman stepped down as SPCO president in 2011 the orchestra's board chairman, Dobson West, has been interim president.

In a statement Monday West said the new contract puts the SPCO in position to eliminate its deficit and balance its budget. The chamber orchestra also announced a concert schedule that begins with performances May 9th, 10th, and 11th at churches in Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, and St. Paul, respectively.

Next Up

Mohamed Ibrahim

Missed PAT seals Gophers' fate against Maryland

Mohamed Ibrahim tied a school record with four touchdowns, but the Gophers lost in overtime.

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.


McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.