BLOOMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 1823 Bloomington IN 47402 USA

Mission: The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra promotes a lifelong appreciation of and enthusiasm for music through its performances of classical orchestral literature, as well as outreach and educational work throughout the community.
Results: Named the city’s Official Community Orchestra by Mayor Mark Kruzan in 2009 and awarded the “Be More Collaborative” Award by the City in 2011, the 75-member orchestra is the city’s only year-round, full-time volunteer symphony orchestra. For over forty years the BSO has been part of this community, and we take our responsibility to engage, enlighten, and entertain both our members and our audiences very seriously.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 6000
Geographic areas served: South Central Indiana
Programs: Each year, the BSO performs seven public concerts, including a classical series, side-by-side concerts with local high school orchestras, a children’s concert, and a free summer concert in the park. The BSO also engages in a wide range of community outreach activities, including innovative programs like Meet the Instruments (where children can experiment with musical instruments under the guidance of orchestra members), the Children’s Instrument Recovery Program (CHIRP) which provides reconditioned used instruments to children who would otherwise not be able to participate in their school’s music programs, and a Youth Concerto Competition.
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1 person found this review helpful

The BSO provides unparalleled entertainment as well as educational opportunities. From the musicians and director to the board members, talent and dedication abounds at the BSO. Few other cities can boast of such a well run, talented, and positive organization.

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The BSO is a premier example of the rich culture of the Arts in Bloomington, Indiana. From the orchestra's masterful performances to the educational programs for the community's youth, every city should be so lucky!

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The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra offers a rich and supportive outlet for amateur musicians to join together and share their talents, but it provides a much broader series of meaningful services for the local community. In my time with the orchestra, first as a volunteer musician and now as a board member, I've been able to take part in a series of remarkable musical musical events, from tackling monumental works in the standard classical repertoire--i.e., Mahler's first symphony--to introducing stringed instruments to children at an event designed to let kids "Meet the Instruments." Without deviating from its core mission of creating a space for musicians in the community to gather and perform, the BSO supports a series of educational and arts advocacy programs. For example, the orchestra maintains a collection of instruments that it repairs and loans to you musicians in Bloomington, it regularly collaborates with community artists and arts organizations, and it presents a free annual children's concert. Plus, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredibly dedicated, dynamic, and welcoming people who the make the orchestra special. The BSO is truly a gem.

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The BSO is a wonderful organization. It's dedicated to bring music to the world, and it is a huge benefit to the whole community. It's a place for people to play music with one another, and a way for those who don't play instruments to learn about music. I am very proud to be associated with the BSO.

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Having served both as a player and a member of the Board of Directors, I have been privileged to participate in different capacities with this outstanding community orchestra. Composed of professionals and accomplished amateur players, the BSO has consistently performed at a high level since I first joined the group in the late 1980s. Most recently, under the guidance of Charles Latshaw, this remarkable group has expanded its repertoire and provided thoroughly enjoyable concerts. Bloomington is fortunate to have such a dedicated and gifted group of people who enjoy sharing their talents with the community.

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Life-changing

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The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra has changed my life. I play with the orchestra, support it financially, serve on the board and promote it every chance I get, because I love this group and am incredibly grateful for the many gifts it gives me. Our Music Director is a constant source of inspiration - he brings a depth of understand and sheer joy for the music that I've never seen anywhere else. He loves Mahler, Tchiakovsky, Beethoven, Ravel...all the greats, and he makes us love them too. I've been involved in other non-profits before, but this is the first one that has reached me in such a profound way. Music has become the single biggest joy in my life, and it's thanks to this orchestra that I can finally acknowledge that.

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Find a way to pay the Music Director a living wage.

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