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This position may interest bassists living in western Illinois or eastern Iowa. I have met several Chicagoans who have played in this orchestra, but it is an extremely long commute for a fairly modest per-service rate ($58.22/reh and $82.65/perf), so I would be sure to do the math on a position like this before accepting it.
The ad states that “generous mileage, meal, and housing reimbursement allowances are also available,” which sweetens the pot, but remember that such compensation is reimbursement and not profit, so at the end of the day the most a player would be going home with would be $58.22 for a rehearsal and $82.65 for a performance. Also, the Federal Mileage Rate for 2007 is 48.5 cents for mile, so be sure to compare any mileage reimbursement against this figure. If compensation does not match this figure, you’re losing money on the commute and therefore not walking away with $58.22 a rehearsal. Even a mileage compensation rate of 38.5 cents per mile (a figure much higher than what most orchestras offer), when distributed over a commute from metro Chicago (a 174 mile commute each way), means that you’re losing $34.80 on a round-trip commute, with a resultant compensation figure of $23.42 for a rehearsal and $47.85 for a performance.
Quad City Symphony
Section Double Bass (one-year position)
The Quad City Symphony is a regional orchestra located on the Mississippi River, just 2 1/2 hours west of O’Hare Airport, with annual performances in Rock Island, IL, Moline, IL, and Davenport, IA. Section players are compensated at per-service rates: $58.22/rehearsal; $82.65/performance. Generous mileage, meal, and housing reimbursement allowances are also available. There are fifty services for the 2007-2008 season. Auditions will be Saturday, September 1, 2007.
Please contact Rich Stodd, Director of Orchestra Operations, to receive further information or to reserve an audition time and receive repertoire materials.
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
327 Brady Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801