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International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians

The International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians (known as “IGSOBM” or “The Guild”) was formed in Seattle as an independent union in 1985. The Guild won its first National Labor Relations Board-supervised elections in 1988, becoming the union representing the musician employees of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra.

The Guild was founded in direct response to frustration among Seattle Symphony musicians with their previous union's dues structure, and lack of responsiveness and service. Unlike other musicians' unions, the Guild restricts membership to "orchestral musicians and librarians who are employed by not-for-profit organizations," and is completely voluntary. Chapters (locals) keep nearly all of their dues income and make all decisions about their expenditures.


The Guild has an annual membership fee of $50. For chapter members, the fee is drawn from the first $50 of work dues. A minimum of 50% of the bargaining unit must be members for the Guild to be the bargaining agent.

Work dues % amounts are decided by vote by the membership in the chapters and the funds stay within the chapters. Currently, work dues are 2% for the SSOPO (the maximum allowed in its bylaws) and 1.5% for the PNBOPO.

Guild members must be active professional musicians.


IGSOBM Officers 2017

Paul Rafanelli, President
Roberta Downey, Vice President
Betty Agent, Treasurer
Tom Dziekonski, Secretary

IGSOBM Board Members 2017

Mona Butler, PNBOPO
David Sabee, SSOPO

Pacific Northwest Ballet Officers 2017

Richard Werner, President
Dana Jackson, Treasurer
Jennifer Nelson, Secretary
Steve Schermer
Ingrid Fredrickson

Attorney/Legal Counsel

The International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians' attorney/legal counsel is Ronald J. Knox of Garvey Schubert Barer.

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1191 Second Avenue
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Seattle WA 98101-2939



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