The SPCO Audience Petition Reaches 3,000 Signatures

Sign the PetitionSave Our SPCO Audience Petition reached 3,000 signatures today!

The petition is an effort on behalf of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s audience, donors, volunteers, and fans to urge the SPCO’s managing board to end the lockout and engage in good-faith negotiations with the orchestra’s musicians.

Key Requests of the Audience Petition to the SPCO’s Board:

  • Commit to constructive and respectful negotiations
  • Promote growth through collaboration and effective leadership
  • Solve the Orchestra’s revenue problem – cutting expenses alone will not lead to greatness
  • End the lockout and resume the concert season while both sides negotiate

View and Sign the Petition Here

What do you think?

What do you think of this milestone? What does it mean to you?

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9 Responses to “The SPCO Audience Petition Reaches 3,000 Signatures”

  1. E. Kraus December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    In Europe, many fine orchestras are associated with radio networks. The BBC has had a radio orchestra. I think it is time to recognize that any new contract with the current governing board will diminish the SPCO. It is time to think “out of the box”. How does the SPCO/ MPR Chamber Orchestra sound.

  2. Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres December 9, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I have no new words to add to the plethora of words already submitted in praise of the SPCO. I can only echo what has been said: I contemplate leaving the Twin Cities when I retire, but then I think of the SPCO, and I cannot leave. I am a subscriber to two series — and after every single concert I feel excited, uplifted, overwhelmed, and I immediately think ahead to the next concert while still reverberating from the one I have just heard. I cannot begin to contemplate the loss of this incredible group. And I cannot fathom what is going on with the board. Are they union-busters? They (and no doubt their legal team) should think of the greater good and resign and allow others who truly value this chamber orchestra to handle the negotiations and to get the music back!

  3. Sarah Schmalenberger December 29, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    I hope that those responsible for holding back the music our community clearly needs and deserves will: Reflect upon the outpouring of support for the musicians and realize that this formidable corps allies that will remain steadfast in opposing the lockout; Possess the humility to admit that locking out the musicians was a terrible mistake; Muster up the courage to apologize to both musicians and the public; Drop the ridiculously unfair terms of the musicians’ contracts and end the lockout; Resign.

  4. Mary Lois Hall January 1, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Dobson West is President, Managing Director, and Chairman of the Board of the SPCO. Because of this, all effective board oversight of management has been lost as their functions have merged. Look where this has gotten the orchestra: locked out and on the verge of collapse. The Board of Directors has lost sight of the mission stated on their Form 990 non-profit tax report: Present a world-class professional chamber orchestra in the Twin Cities, dedicated to superior performance, artistic innovation, and education, for the enrichment of community and world audiences. With such ineffective and inappropriate management, lack of board oversight and fiduciary failings, should the SPCO Society even be able to retain their non-profit status? The Board of Directors of the SPCO should be ashamed of locking out the musicians and risking total collapse of the orchestra. I hope the “off the record” discussions tomorrow with the federal mediator, musicians, and West and his gang are not just another stalling ploy on the part of management. Management understands that time works against the musicians who are living without pay or benefits. When are board members who have a shred of integrity going to speak out against West and his henchmen, unlock the musicians, and begin negotiations in good faith?

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  6. Mary Hill January 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Shame on the board that would let this musical gem slip away. That would be a blow to the entire city economy and it’s cultural reputation, in addition to the travesty of destroying a world class orchestra. Who would want that on their conscience? Musicians have made concessions for years. Yes there are financial challenges to be met. But It is time for the negotiations to find a compromise that preserves the talent, quality and dignity of the SPCO musicians and the SPCO’s legacy in the arts.

  7. Management Supporter January 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    I strongly support the management in this situation. Running an orchestra or a non-profit is not just about the music. It is first and foremost a business! I think a majority of the audience and the musicians forget about this point and get too caught up in the emotions of the musicians being locked out. I praise the staff, the full-time (and part-time) employees that have not seen a raise or retirement contribution in years, for their commitment to the organization even during these difficult times. Additionally, they deal with unnecessarily rude and inconsiderate callers, e-mailers and commentators on the labor situation. We are both agreed that the SPCO need to perform again very soon, but I support the management for their hard work, dedication and strength in a time when it seems that everyone is against them. Bravo SPCO staff and management!

    • Jim Million January 9, 2013 at 8:26 am #

      The significant issue here is quality of Board leadership, not staff or musician performance. Dedicated staff employees should also question the leadership of an organization that cannot properly support their needs, as well.

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