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Question for symphony choruses affiliated with an orchestra

I am taking an informal survey of what types of ticket incentives are offered to the members of symphony choruses who sing with professional orchestras. Does your orchestra give you a discount, or even comp tickets, for performances you perform in? My experience has varied from location to location, and I am trying to ascertain if there is an industry standard. 
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on March 27, 2014 2:53am
I think we get a 25% discount for concerts we're involved in, or 50% if ordering on the day of concert after 1pm. Occasionally we get offers of a limited number of free or discounted tickets for concerts that are not selling well - which is greatly appreciated!
on March 27, 2014 4:24am
Our singers are given one comp ticket for all classical series performances, regardless if we are part of the concert.
Gregory Pysh
Conductor, Midland-Odessa(TX) Symphony Chorale
on March 27, 2014 6:21am
Hi Tom. John Warren here - I do the Syracuse University Oratorio Society which sings regularly with Symphoria, our pro orchestra in town. Usually they give each singer 1 comp and then maybe discounts on additional tickets.
Best wishes,
John Warren
on March 28, 2014 7:29am
I sing with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and we are under contract with the Florida Orchestra as their symphonic choir.  Over the 7 years I have been in the ensemble, we have had several different incentives, such as pricing discounts offered to members who purchase tickets using a specific discount code.  Currently, we get a "buy tickets for three concerts and get one concert free" arrangement (essentially a 25% discount) and the pricing scheme is for all Florida Orchestra concerts with just a few exceptions.  I believe there is also an arrangement where the Master Chorale gets a portion of the ticket revenue for any tickets purchased using the discount code.  We are not limited as to quantities of tickets purchased under the discounted pricing.
These arrangements are a part of our annual contract negotiations and as I mentioned, may change over time.
Brian Hathaway
Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
on March 28, 2014 8:04am
Hi Thomas! I sing with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Chorus members are eligible for ticket prices at 50% off the cost of regularly priced tickets for most subscription concerts whether or not the chorus is singing. This benefit does not apply to special event concerts, where the discount is only 25%. The St. Louis Symphony offers group tickets to most subscription concerts where the St. Louis Symphony Chorus is performing for $22-$25, depending on the concert. Occasionally, the St. Louis Symphony offers comp tickets (up to 2 per person) to Chorus members  for certain subscription and special event concerts.
on March 29, 2014 3:25am
I should have mentioned re my above post that I sing with a symphony chorus based in Birmingham, UK.  I think we had to press the management quite hard a few years ago for these concessions:  my memory is that we used to get only about 10% off ticket prices.
As a rider to this, I wonder whether symphony chorus members involved in recording sessions ever get free or discounted CDs? I think we get a small discount when the recordings come out.  I can remember only one occasion in the dim and distant past when I received a free recording.  Many, many years ago, when I was in the London Symphony Chorus, we recorded Verdi's Requiem with Leonard Bernstein and a team of megastar soloists.  We had several consecutive nights of performances and recording sessions, including a tv broadcast from St Paul's Cathedral, and when the recording came out we were all given a free copy (a vinyl LP, of course!)
on March 30, 2014 2:50pm
A couple of years ago the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Florida Orchestra directed by Stefan Sanderling recorded a CD for Naxos.  We performed "Sea Drift" and "Appalachia" by Frederick Delius.  The CD hit #2 on the itunes Classical Chart, #2 on the Amazon Classical Chart and #1 on the Amazon Classical Choral Chart.  That got us on the Grammy nomination list.  We ended up #15 but only the top 5 get a nomination.  We were able to buy CD's at a discounted rate and each singer received a free CD as a gift from the Florida Orchestra.
We are also going to be a part of the Florida Orchestra's Holiday Pops CD.  We perform the Holiday Pops concerts with the Florida Orchestra each year and the 2013 concert series with Jeff Tyzik directing was recorded live during 2 of the 4 concerts.  The CD will be released in November.  I don't know what the arrangements might be about a free CD, but we were given the opportunity to perform Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" for the recording.....acapella.  I feel that is a huge statement of support for the MCTB by the Orchestra's President and Board.
Brian Hathaway
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
on March 30, 2014 7:19pm
The Erie Philharmonic Chorus members receive free tickets to all the Symphonic Series concerts and any Pops concert in which we sing, as long as they are not sold out, i.e. don't even thing about getting tickets for the Christmas show.  The chorus is under the same 501(c)3 as the orchestra but is expected to completely support itself financially.

Patrick Rose
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