The Burlington Civic Symphony (BCSO) is Burlington, Vermont's premier auditioned community orchestra. Founded in 2011 by conductor Daniel Bruce and horn players Helen Read and Martha Walker, the orchestra's membership has grown to more than 60 talented musicians from Burlington and surrounding areas.
The BCSO's mission is to present high quality performances of great orchestral masterworks and newer works by living composers, and to bring symphonic music to diverse audiences through special programs such as pops and children's concerts.
Musicians interested in auditioning to join the orchestra should contact us and tell us about your musical background and experience. The BCSO has openings in percussion and would welcome additional strings. The orchestra's woodwind and brass sections are currently filled, but we are happy to add qualified players to our alternate/sub list.
The Burlington Civic Symphony is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions are gratefully accepted.
BCSO Music Director Daniel Bruce is a professional pianist and conductor who holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and Northwestern University. Widely sought after as a performer and teacher, Mr. Bruce is Director of Music at Peoples Academy in Morrisville, and has been on the faculties of Hobart and William Smith Colleges as well as in the Northfield and Barre (Vermont) school systems.
Helen Read, Co-President & Orchestra Manager
Martha Walker, Co-President & Treasurer
Bill Karstens, Secretary
Daniel Bruce, ex officio