Musicians of San Antonio Philharmonic. Photo by Nick Wagner/San Antonio Report.

“San Antonio Philharmonic has agreed to pay its members at or above the minimum wage standard set by the American Foundation of Musicians union for rehearsals and performances,” reports Nicholas Frank in Tuesday’s (3/21) San Antonio Report (TX). “The musicians’ ratification was confirmed by Brian Petkovich, bassoonist and president of the Philharmonic. The agreement continues the relationship between AFM and many of the musicians who formerly belonged to the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony and who now constitute the 60-member Philharmonic in the midst of its first formal season at First Baptist Church. The agreement differs from the previous arrangement with the union in that it provides greater flexibility for the fledgling orchestra as it establishes itself and looks to grow as an organization, Petkovich said…. So far, 10 concerts are planned for next season, he said, and how many pops concerts, movie concerts, education concerts, and other activities will depend on how much support the Philharmonic sees.” The San Antonio Philharmonic is the successor orchestra to the 80-year-old San Antonio Symphony, which ceased operations in 2022.