The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is a thriving community/college orchestra servicing the region of North Central Minnesota.
Its mission is to bring classical music to new audiences, while at the same time providing performance experience for both novice and accomplished musicians. The orchestra performs four subscription concerts each season and youth concerts biannually. In addition, in 2005, the ensemble added a summer pops concert by the lake, a Messiah Sing-A-Long, and in 2006 a Valentines Concert with the Bemidji Youth Symphony.
Established in 1938 by Milton Dieterich, under the auspices of Bemidji State University, the BSO separated from the University in 1999 to become an independent 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 orchestra’s first resident conductor in 2005.
Membership in the orchestra is by audition only and currently includes both professional and amateur musicians from the region, university students, university faculty and highly qualified high-school students. The orchestra collaborates with talented guest artists who further enrich the community through special masterclasses and chamber recitals. For information on auditions and the upcoming season, visit their website.