BLOOM with the BSO - 2018/2019

$1,465 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 4 months
Eighty-Five-Year-Old New Jersey Treasure

Founded in 1932 as a haven for local musicians during the height of the Great Depression, the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra  is one of the oldest such organizations in the state of New Jersey.  During that time, it has afforded hundreds of amateur and semi-professional musicians the opportunity to perform symphonic music as well as providing the local classical music loving public with high quality symphonic concerts at low cost.  The BSO  presents three concerts per season:  fall, winter and late spring, usually with a concerto soloist at each performance.

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The BSO  is part of the Bloomfield Federation of Music , serving the musical culture of Bloomfield, NJ

·      The Bloomfield Chorale was founded in 1934, the Bloomfield Civic Band in 1946 and the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra in the early 1960’s, and in 1986, Patrick Burns, an alumnus of these organizations, formed the Bloomfield Youth Band.  These groups are all part of the Bloomfield Federation of Music,  a 501(c)(3) (EIN: 31-1593041), tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides administrative support to its member organizations.  

Many are surprised to find that Bloomfield is one of the very few communities in NJ to have its own symphony orchestra, yet we are beginning our 86th season.  We offer the following to the community:

·      High quality/low cost symphonic concerts three times per season, usually with a distinguished guest artist
·      Encouragement and reward to young classical artists  (some still in their teens) by providing an opportunity for performing concertos with orchestral accompaniment.  Many of our former guest artists are now pursuing, or have already received, advanced degrees in music and are firmly established in professional music careers. 
·      The opportunity for all local classical musicians to practice and perform high quality symphonic literature 

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Symphony orchestras are expensive to operate

According to the American Symphony Orchestra League’s listing of seventy-three North American orchestras, annual budgets range from Eighty-Five-Year-Old New Jersey Treasure

Founded in 1932 as a haven for local musicians during the height of the Great Depression, the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra  is one of the oldest such organizations in the state of New Jersey.  During that time, it has afforded hundreds of amateur and semi-professional musicians the opportunity to perform symphonic music as well as providing the local classical music loving public with high quality symphonic concerts at low cost.  The BSO  presents three concerts per season:  fall, winter and late spring, usually with a concerto soloist at each performance.

The BSO  is part of the Bloomfield Federation of Music , serving the musical culture of Bloomfield, NJ

·      The Bloomfield Chorale was founded in 1934, the Bloomfield Civic Band in 1946 and the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra in the early 1960’s, and in 1986, Patrick Burns, an alumnus of these organizations, formed the Bloomfield Youth Band.  These groups are all part of the Bloomfield Federation of Music,  a 501(c)(3) (EIN: 31-1593041), a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides administrative support to its member organizations.  

Many are surprised to find that Bloomfield is one of the very few communities in NJ to have its own symphony orchestra, yet we are beginning our 86th season.  We offer the following to the community:

·      High quality/low cost symphonic concerts three times per season, usually with a distinguished guest artist
·      Encouragement and reward to young classical artists  (some still in their teens) by providing an opportunity for performing concertos with orchestral accompaniment.  Many of our former guest artists are now pursuing, or have already received, advanced degrees in music and are firmly established in professional music careers. 
·      The opportunity for all local classical musicians to practice and perform high quality symphonic literature 

Symphony orchestras are expensive to operate

According to the American Symphony Orchestra League’s listing of seventy-three North American orchestras, annual budgets range from 120 Million (LA Philharmonic) to 2 Million (South Dakota Symphony), but the BSO requires only about $10,000 per season.  This includes hall rental, music purchase/rental, program printing and advertising and, payments to auxiliary musicians, our largest expense.  These musicians fill gaps in our instrumentation when the score calls for instruments that we do not have, and provide supporting strength where needed.  The regular members of the symphony, including the conductor, receive no compensation for their efforts, other than the joy of preparing and performing great symphonic music.

Our Current Needs

When Israel Herman, the BSO’s current conductor, picked up the baton in 2000, the orchestra had a roster of 23 members and under his leadership, it grew to 65 players over the next 2½ years.  It leveled off to about 50 players until the 2011 – 2012 season, when an email server glitch prevented nearly 90 email requests for membership from reaching us, over a three-year period!  Once corrected, the orchestra began to add new members, returning to the concert stage in the winter of 2016.  We continue to grow, and have mounted eight excellent public concerts since our rebirth.  Unfortunately, as with most artistic organizations, costs continue to outrun income. 

We need your help

Though we bring in small sums from ticket sales, contributions from audience members and supporters, advertisements in its concert programs and membership dues ($50 per season) from its performing members, our primary means of raising funds is through this GoFundMe Campaign. 

In order to continue offering this artistic resource to the greater Essex County NJ community, we need to augment our income.  We are setting a goal of $5,500 for our 2018 – 2019 Season and are calling on all of you to help us reach this goal.  Contributions can be made in any amount, at any time, as often as you wish and are fully tax-deductible*.  If each person receiving this appeal could give as little as $10 or more and pass this opportunity to just one other person, we could make our goal.  

Our mission is to make great music, for that is what we love, and to present it at low cost to audiences that share that love.  With your help, we can continue to do that well.

Thanks for your consideration.

Visit our website at:   http://www.bloomfieldsymphony.org 

Visit our Facebook Page at:       https://www.facebook.com/bloomfieldsymphony/ 

* The BSO is a member of the Bloomfield Federation of Music , a 
501(c)(3)  tax-exempt, nonprofit organization providing administrative support to its member organizations,  EIN is 31-1593041
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