About the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is to enrich and educate musicians and audiences of northern Minnesota through innovative orchestral experiences.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is a thriving community orchestra servicing the region of North Central Minnesota. We bring classical music to new audiences and provide performance experience for musicians. The BSO performs six subscription concerts each season and offers concerts for youth biennially. We also offer a Summer Pops concert.
Established in 1938 by Milton Dieterich under the auspices of Bemidji State University, the BSO separated from the University in 2000 and became an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. During the 2003-2004 season, the BSO held a national search for its first independent conductor, and hired Dr. Beverly Everett, who became the BSO's first resident conductor in 2005.
Musicians in the BSO are selected through an audition process. The roster comprises both professional and amateur musicians alike, and includes community members, university students, university faculty, and highly qualified high school students. The BSO collaborates with acclaimed guest artists, some of who have further enriched the community through special master classes and chamber recitals. Among the guest artists that the BSO has welcomed to the stage over the years are:
Chris Brubeck and Triple Play jazz trio
Doug Cameron, violin
Clay Jenkinson, scholar/narrator
André Watts, piano
Aaron Meyer, violin
Carol Wincenc, flute
Petar Jankovic, classical guitar
Korliss Uecker, soprano
Tammy Hensrud, mezzo soprano
Murry Sidlin, guest conductor
Wesley Baldwin, cello
David Heyde, horn
Nicholas Hardie, cello
Musicians who are interested in auditioning to play with the BSO are invited to contact the BSO’s Music Personnel Manager Gretchen Rusch for detailed information on dates, locations, and audition requirements.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.