Minnesota Orchestra eliminates 16 staff positions

The Minnesota Orchestra is laying off 13-percent of its permanent staff.

The orchestra announced today it’s eliminating nine full time and seven part time positions which touch virtually every department, from finance and development to marketing and public relations.

The move is aimed at reducing a two-point-nine-million dollar deficit the orchestra announced last November. It will save the orchestra 450-thousand dollars a year.

No musicians were affected by the layoffs.

Orchestra officials say audience members won’t notice the staff reductions. Job duties will be re-assigned to other staff members.

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