Symphony Overview

Symphony Orchestra

The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest of New Jersey’s 25 community orchestras, having performed its 1st concert in 1932 with its founder, Walter Kurkewicz conducting. Maestro Kurkewicz was succeeded by Louis Sutera in 1961 and Edward J. Napiwocki in 1964.Israel G. Herman, is in his 9th season as Musical Director and Conductor.

Community orchestras are amateur musical groups whose members come from the local community for the purpose of providing a high level of musical performance at a reasonable cost to the public. The BSO's personnel includes music teachers, college professors, doctors, engineers, scientists, social workers, psychologists, housewives/husbands, members of the corporate community, high school/college students, and a few professional musicians. In addition to providing local, affordable concerts of symphonic music for the community, our goal is to provide our members with an enriching and challenging musical activity.

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Youth Band Overview


Youth Band LogoThe Bloomfield Youth band was founded in 1986 by its present conductor, Patrick Burns. The Band held its first rehearsal on August first of that year at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The members of the group paid for the use of the facility and the music was borrowed from the Bloomfield High School Band Library.

The band’s first public concert was held on May 8, 1987 at Bloomfield High School. By that time the youth band had become a member of the Bloomfield Federation of Music. The Federation relieved the burden of paying for a rehearsal site by providing it with the use of Bloomfield’s Civic Center at no charge. The Federation also secured performing venues for the band and paid for the printing of programs

Today, the Bloomfield Youth Band has earned the reputation as an outstanding musical ensemble. Comprised of some sixty high school and collegiate musicians, the band performs three or four public concerts each year in Bloomfield. At its Tenth Anniversary Concert in June 1996, the band was recognized by the Township of Bloomfield, the New Jersey General Assembly, and the United States House of Representatives for its civic and cultural contribution to the town and to the State of New Jersey.

The band’s mission, like the four other ensembles which comprise the Bloomfield Federation of Music, is to provide musical enjoyment for the residents of Bloomfield and neighboring communities. This is a task which the band takes very seriously and one which it strives very hard to meet.