For over 60 years, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been regarded as one of the highest quality community orchestras in the Twin Cities.

The mission of the Bloomington Symphony is to bring music lovers and accomplished musicians together to experience inspirational performances of orchestral music, with community as our cornerstone.

The BSO is made up of 75 volunteer musicians who rehearse and perform under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Manny Laureano. Some BSO members are professional musicians and teachers, but most have other vocational callings. Many of our members have been part of the orchestra for 20+ years, testifying to the compelling mission and exceptional execution of the mission. All of our members are dedicated to the values of Excellence, Collaboration, and Dedication. 

This is a serious group that never forgets to have fun. The making of music is to be enjoyed, as well as studied. People at the BSO are not afraid to share their love for a given piece of repertoire.

~ Manny Laureano, Music Director & Conductor

The BSO rehearses on Sunday evenings (6:25-9 p.m.) at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington, from the last Sunday in August through the end of the season, usually in April or May. The BSO performs four ticketed season concerts from October to April or May, as well as one or two free outdoor summer concerts and an educational concert with the Bloomington Public School Orchestras.

If you are a musician who is interested in becoming a member or substitute player, please visit our auditions page.

The BSO is supported by member dues ($150/year; $130 if paid by the first concert), individual donors, foundations, and the City of Bloomington.

 Photo of the BSO at Orchestra Hall by Leslie Plesser/Shuttersmack

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