Musicians’ Presentation to Pasadena Symphony Association Board Nov. 30, 2017

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Musicians addressed the Board of the Pasadena Symphony Association Nov. 30, 2017. 


For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Marissa Benedict and I am the principal trumpet of your orchestra and have been for nearly 15 years.

I am now the chair of the Orchestra Committee since the passing of Maurice Grants.

We know that this is a first, having musicians speak at a board meeting during collective bargaining and we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity.

We are at an extremely important moment for the future of our orchestra. The Pasadena board has always been an ally to musicians, so it’s natural that we should reach out to you to help us find a way forward. We want to make sure you have a full picture of the pressures that my colleagues and I face.

We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think it was important for you to hear from us, both in thanking you for all you’ve done in the recovery of the orchestra, and to share our frustrations and concerns regarding the integrity of the orchestra. Continue reading


Pasadena Symphony Musicians Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike


Press release from the American Federation of Musicians Local 47:

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2017): Musicians of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS orchestras voted today by an overwhelming majority to authorize a strike, potentially halting concerts during the popular holiday season and into the New Year.

Musicians have been without a contract since September of 2015, when their last agreement expired. Ten years ago, when the orchestra faced financial uncertainty, the musicians did everything possible to ensure the orchestra’s survival: absorbing cost-saving cuts, forgoing raises for years, even playing without compensation. At the time, the Pasadena Symphony Association promised musicians that these cuts would be temporary. Current management has disavowed those commitments. Now, a decade after the crisis, Pasadena Symphony musicians have yet to reach an agreement that restores their generous concessions. Continue reading

Visit with Councilmember Tyron Hampton


On Monday, Dec. 19, musicians Elizabeth Headman, Andrew Picken, and Ron Clark met with Pasadena Councilmember Tyron Hampton.

The meeting was very positive. Hampton shared he is a great fan of the orchestra and has been to several performances, and spoke about how important the arts are to the community in Pasadena. We gave him one of our blue ribbons which he happily accepted and wore during our visit.

Thank you, Councilmember Hampton, for supporting Musicians of the PSO!

Thank you, Congressman Adam Schiff

AFM Local 47 reported on our visit this morning to Congressman Adam Schiff’s office:

Today a group of musicians from the Pasadena Symphony visited the office of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff.

“The musicians of the Pasadena Symphony have made a new friend with Congressman Adam Schiff,” said Phil O’Connor, clarinetist and member of the orchestra committee. “We believe this will help improve our community’s support for our orchestra and other American Federation of Musicians Local 47 members.”

The Congressman has pledged his support to musicians during their current negotiations on reaching a fair employment contract and keeping this important orchestra a part of our community.

During the orchestra’s most recent performance on Nov. 5, musicians on stage and members of the audience wore blue ribbons in a show of support and unity.

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