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The Faces of the Allentown Symphony

We would like to introduce you to the musicians of the Allentown Symphony.  We are residents of the Lehigh Valley, New York, Philadelphia, and many other  surrounding communities.  While you most often hear us in concerts as a group, please let us introduce ourselves to you as individual musicians.

Meet our Concertmaster

We make our livings playing music, and most often also teach music in a public school, university, music conservatory, or private studio.

Meet a member of the cello section.

The Allentown Symphony is a “regional orchestra.” That is, while it employs professional musicians on a regular basis, it does not provide full time work like the major orchestras of Philadelphia, New York or Chicago.  In order to make a living wage these musicians must perform in multiple orchestras or teach as well.

Meet our Principal Flute

Meet our Principal Trumpet

The musicians of the Allentown Symphony, represented by Local 45 of the American Federation of Musicians, have been in contract negotiations with the management of the Allentown Symphony since July of 2011 and have performed without a new contract since that time.

Meet a member of the percussion section.

The musicians of the Allentown Symphony are the lowest paid “per service” musicians in the region which includes the Reading Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Delaware Symphony.  These orchestras are all significant regional organizations with which many or our musicians also perform.

Meet our Principal Clarinet

The musicians of the ASO have negotiated in good faith for nearly two years and feel that it is past time for the ASO management to do the same.

Meet our Principal Timpani

It is only a matter of time before some of the fine musicians to whom we are introducing you may have to stop playing for the Allentown Symphony in order to seek employment with orchestras who value their participation in a manner commensurate with their training, skills and loyalty to the organization. As much as we love to play and participate with the Allentown Symphony, many of our finest musicians cannot afford to turn down more lucrative employment to continue to perform in Miller Symphony Hall.

Meet our assistant concertmaster.

Meet our Principal Bassoon

ASO management has told us that patrons, contributors and supporters would rather donate to “bricks and mortar” than to the musicians who make the music that they come to hear. Over the last few years the ASO has spent millions on improving the hall, with almost $800,000 on the lobby, concession stand and ladies room but not one dime on increasing salaries.

 Miller Symphony HallThe Beauty of Orchestral Sound

The Sound of Bricks and Mortar

We want our concert goers to attend ASO events in a comfortable facility that is conducive to the musical experience we hope they enjoy, but we do not believe that they would prefer to do so at the expense of the music they come to hear, or the musicians who make that music.


New Tentative Agreement

AFM Local 45 and the Allentown Symphony Association have come to a tentative agreement regarding the expired contract for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra musicians.  An informational  meeting for musicians will be held in the fall, followed by a ratification vote.

Who We Are

The Musicians of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra are free lance musicians living in the greater Lehigh Valley, New York, and Philadelphia areas.  These highly skilled players hail from many of the world’s finest music schools, including The Juilliard  School and The Moscow Conservatory.  Many of the musicians perform in multiple regional orchestras and teach music privately, in the public schools and at the university level.