Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
The Bainbridge Orchestra was founded in 1972 by the late David Pence, when the Island’s population was less than 13,000. Adopted under the BPA umbrella in the spring of 1993, and changing its name to the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2006, the Symphony serves a musically rich role in our community uniting artists spanning generations and skill levels, and coming from all walks of life, to share their love of music and learn from each other. Performing throughout its history in such diverse venues as the Bainbridge High School LGI Theater, Saint Barnabas Church, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Alliance Church, and finally, BPA, the Symphony has consistently enjoyed superb leadership including Music Directors and/or Guest Conductors David Pence, Roger Nelson, Dr. Paul Mori, Kathleen Macferran, Sandi Schwarz, Alan Futterman, Elizabeth Stoyanovich, Zon Eastes, Pat Strange, and David Upham, many of whom returned for multiple engagements.
In 2010-2011, the BSO enjoyed a musically invigorating season as two exceptional finalists (Wesley Schulz and Julia Tai) vied for selection as the symphony’s new Music Director. The BSO announced the appointment of the symphony’s new Music Director in April 2011: Wesley Schulz has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership.
Bainbridge Performing Arts is enduringly grateful to the countless members of the community who have dedicated their time, energy, money, and audience support to this volunteer organization.
To view the symphony’s past programs please click on the links below.