DCINY & Orchestra Announce Resolution for Five-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement

By David Salazar

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) has reached a resolution with Distinguished Concerts Orchestra Musicians.

Per an official press statement, the organizations agreed on a five-year collective bargaining agreement through Local 802. This represents the first union contract for the organization, which was founded in 2008. The agreement includes annual increases in wages with contributions to health care and pensions for musicians.

“DCINY and Distinguished Concerts Orchestra is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and an unwavering commitment to bring forth an unforgettable musical experience for performer and public alike,” said DCINY Co-Founder and General Director Iris Derke, in an official press statement. “We recognize and celebrate the incredible musical gifts of the DCO and are thrilled to begin a new chapter together as our Fall 2023 season opens next month at Carnegie Hall.”

Next, the orchestra must ratify the agreement with the result expected on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023.

The organization’s first performances this season include Gjeilo’s “Twilight Mass,” which was commissioned by the DCINY Premiere Project. That showcase is set for Nov. 13, 2023.

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article, published on Oct. 19, 2023 was based on a press released submitted by the organizations that stated that the agreement had been ratified. However, on that same day, the sent out a correction noting that there was no ratification. The article reflects that correction.