Posted on June 3, 2020

Austin Symphony Trombonist Fired Over Racist Comments

The Violin Channel, June 1, 2020

The Austin Symphony Orchestra, in Austin, Texas, has today announced that Principal Trombonist Brenda Sansig Salas has been terminated from the orchestra. {snip}

“Trump isn’t rioting. The blacks are. … the blacks are looting and destroying their environment – they deserve what they get,” the 51-year-old musician yesterday wrote on a facebook page. {snip}

“We have been made aware that a musician of the Austin Symphony Orchestra has made an offensive post on their social media account regarding the protests across our country. This language is not reflective of who we are as an organization … ” Austin Symphony Executive Director Anthony Corroa has today said in a statement.


Salas, an army veteran, has also today been dismissed from her position with the Austin Opera over the incident.