With the lockout over, it was fantastic to see the musicians performing again! However, there is an ill wind in the air. A large number of musicians who are age 55+ took the Supplemental Retirement Package (SRP) and left the orchestra (you can see the orchestra roster, including open positions and retirements on this page of our website: Roster). The orchestra remains in more than a bit of disarray with six principal positions vacant. There are residual hard feelings in many directions due to the lockout. There is a high level of concern about management changes.
In light of this, and with our fundraising effort underway (details here: Grassroots Campaign), the questions may and should be asked: What does SOSPCO want? What is our “platform”? What use would we make of seats on the Board? What is the change we seek?
We drafted some Guiding Principles in mid-May and posted them here and on our Facebook page for audience members’ feedback. Our thanks to those of you who gave us your thoughts and insights. We subsequently clarified some points and reorganized the list; you will find the revised list below.
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