Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra happenings

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra happenings


3rd annual Youth

Composition Competition

The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the third annual Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra Young Composers Competition. The competition is designed to encourage and enhance the creative talents of students in grades 6-12 and inspire other school-age children through the performance of the winning works by a professional, full symphony orchestra.

Robert Tomaro, music director and conductor of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, announced, “This will mark the third year that we have celebrated the talents of an extraordinary young group of composers. The competition began with a fortuitous opportunity to see a work composed by a then-12-year-old student from Oconomowoc, Wis., Liam O’Brian. The premiere performance was a thrill for the orchestra and drew national attention. It had to be one of the most rewarding moments this conductor has experienced and one that we decided we want to repeat annually.”

Last May, the BJSO played the world premiere of a work by 16-year-old Lucas Carey of Oregon, Wis. His work, “Festival of Trees,” also drew statewide attention.

BJSO Executive Director Nancy Sonntag notes that this is an excellent opportunity for teachers and students to work together. “There are many students with talent and creative drive. Somewhere in our community is another Mozart and, through this competition, we want to provide that young composer with the ultimate reward—performance of his or work by the symphony orchestra.”

Student works submitted for the competition must be written for the standard forces of a symphonic orchestra and should not be longer than five minutes. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2003, and the winning composition will be premiered at the annual concert for students on May 9, 2003.

“I have been extraordinaly pleased with the quality of submissions in the past,” says Maestro Tomaro. “This competition allows us an opportunity to provide guidance and support to someone with a serious commitment to composition.” For more information on the competition, please call (608) 363-2554.

Two orchestra guilds merge

into one organization of friends

After 31 years as two separate organizations, the Beloit Janesville Symphony Guild and the Janesville Symphony Guild have merged into one organization known as the Friends of Symphony. The merger was completed on May 31, 2002. According to Friends President Lynn Gustafson, “This merger has created a larger, stronger organization which will be able to support the orchestra and help fulfill its mission to serve as a major cultural resource that provides a rich variety of orchestral music and related cultural activities to our area.”

The specific goal of the Friends is to promote the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and provide financial support. Among the many activities that the Friends have sponsored are the annual Holiday House Walk; Beer, Brats and Brass; wine tasting events; July concert refreshments; and Winter Pops Concert refreshments.

Vera Duggan formed the Beloit Symphony Guild in 1954. Since that time, its membership has grown to more than 200 people, and the financial support for the orchestra has exceeded $100,000.

The Janesville Symphony Guild was formed in 1971, when the name of the orchestra changed to the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Virginia Turner served as that group’s first president.

Membership in the Friends of the Symphony is open to all men and women who wish to support the BJSO. Memberships are $15 for individuals and $20 for couples. For more information, contact Lynn Gustafson at (608) 757-2665.

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