Singers of Philadelphia Symphonic Choir Take Steps to Unionize

Published December 5, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

12/5/2022 – Union organizing among artists continues into the month of December, as the singers of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

“It is becoming more and more apparent to performing artists that standing together and speaking with one voice is the way to ensure safe, equitable, and viable careers in their industries,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. “AGMA supports the singers of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir as they seek to unionize. We applaud their display of solidarity with one another and the larger labor movement.”

Since its formation six years ago as the resident choral ensemble of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir has rapidly established itself as the premier chorus for symphonic works, drawing some of the best choral singers from the region and the country.

The singers have also sent their own letter to the Philadelphia Orchestra management and Board of Directors. A part of the letter reads, “Recognizing our mutual commitment to the Orchestra's ongoing artistic and fiscal success, we hope to establish a constructive partnership between the singers and the leadership of the Orchestra.”

“Forming our union with AGMA will, we believe, enhance our working relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and demonstrate our loyalty and commitment to its continued success,” the letter continues.

AGMA has officially notified the Orchestra management with the hope that they will respect their choral artists’ wishes and voluntarily recognize the Union. The Company has until 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, December 12 to respond.

AGMA will release more information as it becomes available.