Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors Ratifies Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Musicians
Kalamazoo, MI - September 13, 2016 The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with its musicians. The Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians – Local 228 submitted the contract to its musicians last month, which was followed by a vote to ratify. Management submitted the contract to the Board of Directors for ratification at its first meeting of the season; today, September 13, 2016.
"We are thrilled that we have ratified the contract. The Board is equally as pleased that we can now move forward with a united team; working together on an outstanding 2016-17 season," said Dr. Janice M. Brown, Board Chair of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra stated, “It is more than time to concentrate on the music-making. The new contract serves the needs of KSO management as well as the musicians. We will be happy to start the 2016-2017 concert season on a clean slate and pave our way to our 100th anniversary in 2020-2021.”
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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support. For more information, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com.
About the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1921, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is Southwest Michigan’s premier musical organization, providing musical enrichment to over 80,000 adults and youth per year. The third-largest professional orchestra in the state, the KSO has won numerous awards and grants, including the Met Life Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities, the National Endowment for the Arts for its extensive education programs, and a major Ford Foundation grant to found its innovative Artist-in-Residence program.