Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Wesley Schulz was selected as the BSO’s new Music Director and Conductor in April 2011 after a nationwide search and over 100 applications. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. Since his appointment, he has taken the orchestra and audience members on a dynamic musical journey encompassing the inaugural Young Artist Concerto Competition, the premiere of a work specifically commissioned for the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season, and integrating an exciting array of talented guest artists, including The EDGE Improv, pianist Christopher Guzman and violinist Emma McGrath. His vision for the upcoming season features an historic collaboration with the Bainbridge Chorale, a BSO commission by American composer Erich Stem, a side-by-side with the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra, and an exciting range of prominent guest artists.
View the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra membership roster HERE.
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 Wesley Schulz and Julia Tai vied for selection as the symphony’s new Music Director.
Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Bainbridge Performing Arts are 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.