Bay-Atlantic Symphony

Address

59 E. Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
County: Cumberland
www.bayatlanticsymphony.org

Contact

Mr. Paul D. Herron

Grant Amount

$50,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To perform symphonic music and sponsor educational programs in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Ocean counties. Concerts will include full-orchestra/chamber music of the classical canon plus new and premiere works as well as educational concerts for school-aged children and expansion of performances in the Arts District in Atlantic City. BAS will continue hands-on instrument training classes education projects for school-aged students, college students, adults and special populations, especially the vision-impaired.

Organization Background

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony (BAS) is a professional, union orchestra that performs symphonic and chamber music concerts, and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Incorporated in the state of New Jersey in 1983 as the Bridgeton Symphony, BAS is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization and adopted its current name in 1997.

Three of the four counties in which BAS performs and presents educational events are the poorest in the State of New Jersey which presents a unique challenge in developing concerts, programs and audiences. The Symphony has responded by developing a performance schedule throughout the region with all of its performances either free of charge to attend or at reduced ticket prizes. The Symphony is the Orchestra in Residence for Borough of Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, Cape May Music Festival, Cumberland County College, and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. BAS has expanded into new performance areas, particularly by performing classical music at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, as well as a performing a large-scale Pops concert at the Borgata. Created in 2011, the Atlantic City Music Festival has created unique programming for downtown Atlantic City, such as a bilingual 'Peter and the Wolf.' Educational pursuits include fully-symphonic educational concerts in Atlantic and Cumberland counties which are free for students to attend with transportation subsidized by a Dodge Foundation grant. Free adult education lectures are offered monthly at the libraries in Little Egg Harbor, Ocean City, Margate, and Vineland. Outreach includes presentations at an Avalon summer camp for visually-impaired children, and master classes for skilled music students. As Artist in Residence at Richard Stockton College Music Director Maestro Gaylin has created dynamic educational relationships among Symphony performers, visiting artists, college students and community stakeholders by making educational experiences out of rehearsals, performances and conversations with the visiting artists.

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony's mission is to share and develop a love for transcendent, live, concert music in the southern New Jersey community through performance and education.

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