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I am saddened by the lack of faith the board has placed in the musicians´ contribution to the current state and popularity of the orchestra. These musicians have dedicated their careers to serving our community through their art form and are extremely passionate about what they do. This isn´t about the lack of work dedicated by the musicians, it´s about the board´s reluctance to pay them what they are worth.While some might think the drop of 2.5k is an absorbable loss. At an income level below 20,000, it may make a significant change in lifestyle. It may mean they can no longer afford their mortgage or make rent. And that is a quick recipe for sending our most accomplished artists out the door to another community that values them more.
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