Musicians at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have dialed back their objections to a proposal that was seen as a settlement.

In a letter to interim president Dobson West, the musicians' negotiating committee indicated it could reach a tentative agreement with some adjustments.

The committee has asked management to remove "all material that the American Federation of Musicians has already informed you that we cannot vote on." In general, this has to do with electronic media distribution rights.

The only other request that could kick up some dust is the musicians' demand that any votes of the Artistic Review Committee be secret and be the "absolute and the unqualified obligation of the Society." This has to do with liability for the actions of the committee -- which is largely made up on musicians and makes decisions on discipline.

A management spokesperson said the letter is being reviewed. The board has a 4 p.m. meeting today to discuss the future of the organization in light of the players' rejection on Monday of terms that had been negotiated by Mayor Chris Coleman.



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