Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Musicians' Sacrifices

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Musicians' Sacrifices

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As a high school musician who has learned so much from the world-class artists of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, I fully support their strike, which is completely necessary. Not all share this viewpoint, however, and have claimed the musicians are greedy, that the proposed salary is plenty and that musicians should be happy to receive the proposed wages as they ensure quality of living. This viewpoint is degrading to artists of all kinds and ignores the sacrifices musicians have made to share their gift of music.

To these people, I would ask them how they would feel if their pay was cut 15 percent and their pension frozen. I would also ask them to consider the overall cost these musicians have paid for their craft. Apart from countless hours of practice, they have spent thousands on education, a fine instrument (easily twice the dollar value of any car you drive) and travel to auditions across the world until securing an orchestral position. …

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