In Syracuse, orchestras retain vital community ties

Posted on: December 4, 2017

“After the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt in 2011 … Jon Garland and fellow musicians banded together to form Symphoria,” writes Myelle Lansat in Sunday’s (12/3) Daily Orange, Syracuse University’s student newspaper. “With help, Garland created a new and sustainable orchestra in 2012. With multiple orchestras in the area, symphony music has remained part of central New York’s music scene.” Other orchestras discussed include Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra, a nonprofit in existence since 1963; and ensembles of Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. “Garland, previous Syracuse Symphony Orchestra member [is] current director of Symphoria … [a] musician-led cooperative orchestra…. Symphoria has a range of musicians from their young 20s to late 70s with a mix of musical backgrounds…. ‘We really look for ways to make ourselves flexible in how we operate artistically and the underlying structure of the organization,’ Garland said…. ‘The orchestras that are in the area have been around for many years, so they have a legacy of how they’ve interacted with the community…. But we have a different opportunity because we get to build those relationships.’ ”

Posted December 4, 2017