Columbus Orchestra’s Resurgence Strikes Right Note

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP): A southern Indiana orchestra plans to give its musicians their first raise in five years after experiencing a six-figure financial turnaround that its director calls “unbelievable.”

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic saw a $62,000 profit last season after experiencing a $47,000 shortfall in 2010.

Music Director David Bowden says that the improved revenue picture stems largely from a $20,000 increase in ticket sales the past season, stronger fundraising and continuing efforts to trim expenses. The orchestra's education programs also have seen higher enrollment.

Philharmonic Executive Director Margaret Powers says she doesn't expect another $62,000 profit for the season that begins Sept. 21. But Bowden says he's optimistic about the future.