Who We Are 

Sage City Symphony was started in 1972 as a community / college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College in southern Vermont. Since then it has become primarily a community orchestra that draws players from 3+ states, as well as providing academic credit to Bennington College students who choose to participate. The Symphony endeavors to present programs that are beyond the usual ambition of community orchestras and that offer a challenging playing opportunity to local musicians. We attract a high caliber of amateur as well as professional musicians without the requirement of auditions. 

The Symphony plays the traditional repertoire and contemporary music, commissioning and premiering new pieces each season. The Symphony rents and borrows music as needed, but also owns a library of scores and music parts for traditional overtures, symphonies, and our own commissioned works. 

Sage City Symphony is a registered federal non-profit organization in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, gifts in kind, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all. The Symphony is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of longtime community supporters and musicians. 

We are grateful to Bennington College in North Bennington, Vermont, for space for our rehearsals, concerts, and annual dinner.

 

Mission Statement 

The mission of Sage City Symphony is to offer high-quality orchestral music to the residents of Bennington County and its surrounding areas, to provide an opportunity for musicians of various skill levels to play orchestral music, and to commission new orchestral works to be performed by Sage City Symphony.

Key Players

Music Directors 
Louis Calabro (1926-1991), Founding Music Director 
Michael Finckel, Music Director 
 

Executive Board 
Karl Brosch, President 
Suzy Yucht, Vice President 
Jack Leonard, Treasurer 
Janet Betlejeski, Secretary

Board of Directors 

Susan Abrams 
Michelle M. Alexander 
Lucy Gardner Carson 
Steve Ellis 
Michael Gallagher 
Catherine Hall-Schor 
Celia Murray 
Stacey New 
François Sécordel 
Ralph Thomas, Librarian 
Gail Smith, Manager 
Peter Lawrence Esq., Emeritus 
Christine Graham, Emerita

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