This graph compares the growth over time of Pacific Symphony’s annual expenditures (budget), inflation, and the average annual wage offered to a section Pacific Symphony musician. A section musician is a player whose chair does not carry a principal or assistant principal designation. For example, any string player sitting behind the first 2 chairs, or a non-principal wind or brass player such as 2nd trombone.
It is clear that the organization as a whole has enjoyed huge growth over the past 5-6 years, due at least in part to the artistic quality of the musicians’ performances. Unfortunately, the wages offered to musicians have not grown in that time. The Pacific Symphony musicians not only feel that wage increases which are commensurate with organizational growth and rising living costs are fair and appropriate, but also feel that to continue to flourish, the Pacific Symphony must begin to invest in its core product, the musicians.