The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which claims to be the only full-time chamber ensemble in the country, might go part-time amid a budget squeeze, according to the Star Tribune.
Seeking $1.5-million a year in savings in ongoing labor negotiations, the Grammy Award-winning group is considering cutting back musicians’ hours to 15 to 20 weeks a year. The players’ union rejected an initial offer, and a new proposal is likely to on the table when talks resume in July.
Officials with the 53-year-old orchestra expect it will run a deficit of $750,000 to $1-million this year on an operating budget of $10.9 million. The organization has cut costs by $1.5-million since 2008.