Bay-Atlantic Symphony


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


Mr. Paul D. Herron

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For general operating support of Bay-Atlantic's season of symphonic music performances and educational programs in southern New Jersey.

Organization Background

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony (BAS) is a professional, union orchestra that performs symphonic and chamber 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. The mission is to share and develop a love for transcendent, live concert music in the southern New Jersey community through performance and education.

Four of the five counties (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Ocean and Salem) 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 tickets prices. The Symphony is the Orchestra in residence for the 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 performing pops and classical music concerts at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City, as well as the Atlantic City Airport and the Farley Service Plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway. Educational projects include fully-symphonic Young People's Concerts in Atlantic and Cumberland Counties which are free for students to attend with transportation subsidized by a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grant, strings and woodwinds teaching at Sovereign Middle School in Atlantic City, pre-concerts lectures and adult education lectures offered monthly at libraries in Little Egg Harbor, Ocean City, Margate, and Vineland. Outreach includes classes for visually-impaired urban students in the Diller Camp in Avalon and Master classes for students at Stockton College. As Artist-in-Residence at Stockton College, Music Director Jed Gaylin has created dynamic education relationships among Symphony performers, visiting artists, college students and community stakeholders making educational experiences though open rehearsals, pre-concert lectures and conversations with visiting artists.

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