Federation Music Groups

Chorale

The group, originally known as the Bloomfield Civic Chorus was organized in 1933 with an invitation extended by the Bloomfield Board of Recreation and printed in the Bloomfield Independent Press.  The fifty member chorus joined with the Bloomfield Symphonic Orchestra and gave their debut performance on May 6, 1934.  Under the leadership of Walter Kurkewicz the choir grew to a membership of one hundred and twenty five.

For over seven decades the group flourished  and presented many ambitious programs and was led by a series of very able conductors..  However, lifestyles changed and the membership dwindled, forcing the group to finally disband and it remained defunct for four years.

In 2008 the Bloomfield Federation of Music made a commitment to reorganize the group.  Under the leadership of Ruth Hsu the group, now known as the Bloomfield Chorale, has grown to 25 members and goes from strength to strength under Ruth's leadership. 

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Civic Band

The Bloomfield Civic Band was “born” on Friday, March 1, 1946, when more than 20 people brought music stands to the high school cafeteria. Directed by Walter Kurkewicz, the band made its debut July 4, 1946 in Bloomfield’s “Welcome Home Celebration,” playing for memorial services in the morning and a parade in the afternoon. Park concerts followed during the summer, and the first indoor performance was held Sunday, January 19, 1947.

Dominick Ferrara III was named as conductor in September, 1972. A devotee of band music, he has led the Civic Band through yet another metamorphosis. Today the band plays a wide variety of music, often utilizing vocal and instrumental soloists.

Please visit our dedicated site at: www.bloomfieldcivicband.org

Mandolin Orchestra

In 1941, a group of six musicians met in the backroom of a local barbershop to discuss their dream of forming a mandolin orchestra. However, their dreams were put aside as our nation prepared to fight in World War II. At the conclusion of the war in 1945, these music pioneers formed the Orange and Vicinities Mandolin Society, under the direction of Elia Ciricillo. In a few years, this group quickly expanded into a sixty-member orchestra.

The orchestra members truly view themselves as a family and that feeling of camaraderie beautifully flows through all of its performances and touches audience members' hearts. Under Gabriel L. Nevola's direction for thirty seven years, the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra amassed an extensive repertoire, which includes traditional Italian and American songs, opera and Broadway selections, classical and jazz pieces, and original compositions.

Please visit our dedicated site at: www.bloomfieldmandolinorchestra.org

Symhony Orchestra

The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest of New Jersey’s 25 community orchestras, having performed its 1st concert in 1932 with its founder, Walter Kurkewicz conducting. Maestro Kurkewicz was succeeded by Louis Sutera in 1961 and Edward J. Napiwocki in 1964. Israel G. Herman, is the present Musical Director and Conductor.

Please visit our dedicated site at: www.bloomfieldsymphony.org 

Youth Band

The Bloomfield Youth band was founded in 1986 by its present conductor, Patrick Burns. The band’s first public concert was held on May 8, 1987 at Bloomfield High School. By that time the youth band had become a member of the Bloomfield Federation of Music which provided benefits of the broader Federation umbrella. Today, the Bloomfield Youth Band has earned the reputation as an outstanding musical ensemble. Comprised of some sixty high school and collegiate musicians, the band performs three or four public concerts each year in Bloomfield. At its Tenth Anniversary Concert in June 1996, the band was recognized by the Township of Bloomfield, the New Jersey General Assembly, and the United States House of Representatives for its civic and cultural contribution to the town and to the State of New Jersey.

Please visit our dedicated site at www.bloomfieldyouthband.org

Youth Band Overview

 

Youth Band LogoThe Bloomfield Youth band was founded in 1986 by its present conductor, Patrick Burns. The Band held its first rehearsal on August first of that year at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The members of the group paid for the use of the facility and the music was borrowed from the Bloomfield High School Band Library.

The band’s first public concert was held on May 8, 1987 at Bloomfield High School. By that time the youth band had become a member of the Bloomfield Federation of Music. The Federation relieved the burden of paying for a rehearsal site by providing it with the use of Bloomfield’s Civic Center at no charge. The Federation also secured performing venues for the band and paid for the printing of programs

Today, the Bloomfield Youth Band has earned the reputation as an outstanding musical ensemble. Comprised of some sixty high school and collegiate musicians, the band performs three or four public concerts each year in Bloomfield. At its Tenth Anniversary Concert in June 1996, the band was recognized by the Township of Bloomfield, the New Jersey General Assembly, and the United States House of Representatives for its civic and cultural contribution to the town and to the State of New Jersey.

The band’s mission, like the four other ensembles which comprise the Bloomfield Federation of Music, is to provide musical enjoyment for the residents of Bloomfield and neighboring communities. This is a task which the band takes very seriously and one which it strives very hard to meet.

Mandolin Overview

Mandolin Overview

Symphony Overview

Symphony Orchestra

The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest of New Jersey’s 25 community orchestras, having performed its 1st concert in 1932 with its founder, Walter Kurkewicz conducting. Maestro Kurkewicz was succeeded by Louis Sutera in 1961 and Edward J. Napiwocki in 1964.Israel G. Herman, is in his 9th season as Musical Director and Conductor.

Community orchestras are amateur musical groups whose members come from the local community for the purpose of providing a high level of musical performance at a reasonable cost to the public. The BSO's personnel includes music teachers, college professors, doctors, engineers, scientists, social workers, psychologists, housewives/husbands, members of the corporate community, high school/college students, and a few professional musicians. In addition to providing local, affordable concerts of symphonic music for the community, our goal is to provide our members with an enriching and challenging musical activity.

Visit our dedicated site at: www.bloomfieldsymphony.org

Chorale Overview

The group, originally known as the Bloomfield Civic Chorus was organized in 1933 with an invitation extended by the Bloomfield Board of Recreation and printed in the Bloomfield Independent Press.  The fifty member chorus joined with the Bloomfield Symphonic Orchestra and gave their debut performance on May 6, 1934.  Under the leadership of Walter Kurkewicz the choir grew to a membership of one hundred and twenty five.

For over seven decades the group flourished  and presented many ambitious programs and was led by a series of very able conductors..  However, lifestyles changed and the membership dwindled, forcing the group to finally disband and it remained defunct for four years.

In 2008 the Bloomfield Federation of Music made a commitment to reorganize the group.  Under the leadership of Ruth Hsu the group, now known as the Bloomfield Chorale, has grown to 25 members.  A winter performance is given in conjunction with the Bloomfield Civic Band and a solo concert is given in the Spring.

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