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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra eliminates 6 administrative jobs

The BSO cuts six administrative jobs.

* This post has been updated to reflect a sixth employee who lost his job, plus other details.

Six administrative employees of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra lost their jobs this week when their positions were eliminated as part of an organizational restructuring.

Four of the jobs were in the marketing department, symphony spokeswoman Julia Kirchhausen confirmed in an email. She said that the symphony recently hired a marketing firm to help with ticket sales, and four of the jobs duplicated functions that the outside contractor would perform.

The remaining positions were in the education department. Those duties will be filled by other employees and by outside contractors.

"The organization does not anticipate any additional staff reduction, and in fact, is in the process of filling several key positions," Kirchhausen wrote, noting that the cuts amounted to less than 10 percent of the administrative staff.

The employees who lost their jobs are being provided compensation packages and outplacement services.

Contrary to an online report, Kirchhausen wrote, funds have not been drawn from the Symphony's endowment to pay for salaries for either administrative staff or musicians.

mary.mccauley@baltsun.com

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