The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir performs Handel’s “Messiah” with the Philadelphia Orchestra

In Tuesday’s (4/30) Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin writes, “The newly organized singers of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir have landed their first labor contract with their employer, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. The deal was approved Monday by the singers’ union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the groups said in a joint announcement. A ‘strong majority’ of 160 or so members of the choir voted in favor of the deal last week, said Joshua Hong, an AGMA senior negotiator. It covers this season and runs through the end of summer 2026…. Hong declined to discuss financial details of the pact, but said it includes increases in rehearsal and performance fees, and covers work rules on issues like breaks, understudy, and solo work…. The contract also includes language that Hong said could ‘potentially’ help to make the choir more diverse and inclusive…. The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir formed in 2016, and appears solely with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Its roster has about 200 singers … Singers in the group signed union cards in December 2022, petitioning for AGMA representation, and, after receiving voluntary recognition from POKC, gained union representation last August. The two sides have been negotiating a contract since then, as the group has continued to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra.”