Schulze's contract renewed with MSO

December 05, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizebeth Schulze.
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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizabeth Schulze's contract was renewed with another four-year commitment earlier this year, the symphony's board president said recently.

"It was an easy decision," Board President Doris "Dori" J. Nipps said. "She's done an excellent job for us."

Nipps said she believed the few musician openings the symphony has had this year say something about the quality of Schulze and what she's tried to build here since arriving in 1999.

"Musicians want to play for her and they want to play for the Maryland Symphony. So getting musicians, excellent musicians, is not a problem for us," Nipps said.

"I'm thrilled to be continuing my association with the Maryland Symphony. I'm proud of what we've accomplished artistically so far and look forward to serving the community with great music and entertainment for years to come," Schulze said in an email to The Herald-Mail. Schulze, who lives in Williamsport, also is artistic director and conductor for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in Arizona.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra renewed Schulze's contract this past spring, Nipps said. The new contract is for July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2016.

The contract calls for Schulze to receive a base salary of $74,500 in the first year of her new contract, Nipps said. That base salary would increase 2 percent the second year and by less than 2 percent each of the following two years, she said.

Schulze's current contract also called for annual increases, but she turned down increases during two recent years to help with the symphony's operations budget, Nipps said. Schulze also has personally donated money to the symphony, Nipps said.

Under the new contract, Schulze would be paid more if the MSO added concerts or moved a concert outside of Hagerstown, Nipps said.

The contract includes not only the symphony's major performances, but educational programs such as the youth concerts for fourth-graders and Kinder Konzerts, Nipps said. Kinder Konzerts introduce preschoolers to the live concert experience, according to the symphony's website.

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