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Utterly astounding:"Symphony Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse says the symphony isn´t able to schedule enough performances and events to use up that maximum — 180 times a year for the orchestra´s most essential musicians — so it´s paying for more time than musicians are actually playing. ´What we´re offering is the same per-service amount,´ Nienhouse says. ´We happily pay for services we can use.´"Two thoughts: 1) Our orchestra is being punished because of unused services. Just who schedules those services? Am I missing something? Are we allowed to schedule our own services? 2) The Spokane Symphony management say that they cannot schedule enough services that have a tangible financial benefit for the orchestra. At no point since the old contract was implemented have the core musicians come all that close to using up their services. Therefore it is difficult to see how management can possibly know that they can´t gain any financial benefit from these services when they have never tried.
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