About the BSO

 We go to your concerts for more than the great music.
We go because of the human touch and artistry that takes us in more mature, more profound directions.


 

Introduction

We all know that Bloomington is an amazing place to live and work. We’ve got great weather, a fine University, a vibrant community, and access to all sorts of leisure activities, but did you know that we’re also home to one of the best community orchestras in the Midwest? Now in our 48th season, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is one of Bloomington’s most enduring arts organizations.

Keep reading to learn more about who we are, what we do, and what are plans are for the future!

Our Musicians

The eighty-five musicians currently on the BSO’s roster range in age from 15 to nearly 90. One of our string bass players (Ed) has been with the Orchestra since its first rehearsal, in 1969! Nearly every type of profession is represented, too – school teachers, physicians, small business owners, professors, sales clerks, bakers, and students, just to name a few. We are, in a very real sense, a community orchestra.

Our Values

For the past 48 years, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra has been a musical home for local residents who want to keep their love of music alive. We provide performance opportunities and a real sense of community for musicians from several counties across South Central Indiana. We also provide ongoing educational opportunities for audiences, local students, and the community at large, because we truly feel that music is a gift that’s meant to be shared.

Performances

Praised for its innovative programming, the all-volunteer Bloomington Symphony Orchestra performs eight concerts per season. From light-hearted holiday pops shows and children’s concerts to the great masterpieces of orchestral music, our programs educate, enlighten, and entertain audiences of every age and background.

Peter Jacobi of the Herald-Times calls the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra “a gift to the community.”

What’s Next for your Bloomington Symphony Orchestra?

Our 48th Season, entitled Verve, is a tribute to the orchestra’s spirit and enthusiasm. We will be featuring some of the greatest, most challenging music in our repertoire – Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Ravel’s La Valse, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Pathétique, and more. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, both as a supporter and as a member.

And of course, our 50th anniversary season is just around the corner. We’re already working hard to make it a year-long celebration of the amazing musical traditions this community orchestra has established. Noted guest soloists, new commissioned works, special one-of-a-kind events, and special appearances by some of the BSO’s most popular former musicians will make our Golden Anniversary Season absolutely unforgettable.