Support the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Frequently asked questions . . .
How long has Bemidji had an orchestra?
The BSO will perform in its 86th season during the 2024-2025 season—we are considered a civic treasure! We are an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Are musicians volunteers?
The 2022-2023 season was the first season we were able to pay a stipend to help offset musician costs. Otherwise, our musicians have been passionate volunteers.
Who conducts the orchestra?
Our conductor, Dr. Beverly Everett, is widely respected in her field, having received awards and requests to participate in prestigious events throughout the country. Her professional connections bring world caliber guest artists such as André Watts, Murry Sidlin, and Carol Wincenc to Bemidji. The 2024-2025 season will be her 20th conducting the BSO!
How many concerts are performed each season?
We perform seven concerts each season starting with a summer pops concert.
What else does the BSO offer?
We have started an education initiative coined 'YEP' (Youth Enrichment Program) through which we provide free concerts just for youth, side-by-side performance opportunities for student musicians, and exclusive workshops with guest artists. We collaborate with other area organizations to do out-of-the-ordinary programming.
When I donate, where does my donation go?
It costs an average of $20,000 to put on just one concert. The largest portion of our annual revenue comes from tax-deductible donations from individuals and
businesses like yours.
Thank you for your consideration and for all YOU do to make our community a better place to live!