Got a Musical Instrument Forgotten in the Attic? Let ChIRP Loan It to a Child

BY MOLLY BRUSH As a community orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn to play and appreciate music. But for some families, the cost of purchasing and maintaining an instrument can prevent their children from participating in music lessons and developing musical skills. To help, the BSO created the Children’s Instrument Recovery Program (ChIRP). “We want music to be accessible to those who, for various reasons, cannot get instruments on their own,” says bassist Audrey Williams, president of the BSO board of directors and director of ChIRP. Founded in 2001 by former BSO board member Frank Galiani, ChIRP loans instruments to children at no cost. The loan is for a period […]

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At Last…Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Has a Space to Call Home (Photo Gallery)

BY JULIE GRAY The theme of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) 2014–15 season is Home Sweet Home, and for good reason. The orchestra has partnered with the Buskirk-Chumley Theater to make the popular, 629-seat downtown venue its permanent performance space. The BSO inaugurated its new home and its new artistic director, Adam Bodony, last September at a well-received opening concert. Since its founding in 1969, the BSO has been a solid presence but an itinerant on the local musical scene. There were problems with the footloose lifestyle: For example, it’s hard to play a serious concert in a high school auditorium when a basketball game is in full swing across the hall. “I was finding it very frustrating that we […]

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