Handel and Haydn Society and Period Instrument Orchestra Ratify New Contract thru June 2017
The Handel and Haydn Society and the American Federation of Musicians, Boston Local 9-535, announced Tuesday that they have ratified a new four-year contract for the musicians of the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra. The agreement, which runs through June 2017, extends beyond H&H's Bicentennial celebrations in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
"The Handel and Haydn Society and its musicians have worked together to show their joint commitment to ensuring a healthy and vibrant future for the orchestra and institution as the Bicentennial approaches," remarked Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard.
Pat Hollenbeck, president of Boston Local 9-535, commented, "The Boston Musicians' Association and our world class musicians are pleased to continue a long partnership with the magnificent Handel and Haydn Society as their 200th anniversary approaches."
The contract, which provides wage increases of two to three percent each year for a total 10.5% cumulative over four years, allows for players to participate in a 403(b) plan, and solidifies important artistic initiatives undertaken since the last contract in 2008. In conjunction with the institution's Strategic Plan, H&H is poised to move through the Bicentennial and beyond as an artistically, financially, and operationally stable and innovative organization.
ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: Handel and Haydn Society is a professional Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the composer's time. Founded in Boston in 1815, H&H is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handel's Messiah (1818), Haydn's The Creation (1819), Verdi's Requiem (1878), and Bach's St. Matthew Passion (1879).