About the BSO

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Maybe you’ve never seen a live orchestra perform — or experienced the rush of great music all around you. Or, maybe you attend every concert, every season…and can even hum the opening bars of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

We’ve been bringing the joy of live music to people throughout Maine since 1896, with concerts for many tastes and all ages. Whatever your experience, you’ll love what you hear at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra was a 2007 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award for Artistic Excellence and named Non Profit of the Year in 2011 by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

Mission: The Bangor Symphony Orchestra provides powerful, enriching and diverse musical experiences through live concert performances and education programs of the highest quality.

Vision: The Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s vision is to…

  • be a leadership organization for the community and region. Be essential to audiences beyond the concert hall. Play a role in addressing community and regional issues. Collaborate.
  • be innovative and take risks. Leave room for experimentation. Explore new technologies and bold ideas to draw new audiences.
  • be enticing, accessible, and educational in its engagement with music. Ensure that performances, education programs, and marketing foster a love of classical music for all.
  • maintain and enhance a culture of enthusiasm, rigor, and quality. Be fiscally responsible, practice smart governance, and prioritize organizational and artistic quality while nurturing aspects that make the BSO unique.

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