• WQED-FM Interview With Conductor Matthew Kraemer

    The Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents a semi-staged production of “Guys & Dolls” on April 10th. WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham spoke with the Orchestra’s conductor Matthew Kraemer about the production in this Carnegie Museum of Art “Voice of the Arts” podcast.

    Click here to listen now!

  • Butler Buzz Interview With John Furman

    A big thank you to the Butler Buzz for hosting our Executive Director, John Furman, to share how the Butler County Symphony Orchestra continues to play a critical role in the promotion of musical arts in the community. Click here to watch the interview now.

  • Young Artists Competition Winner Announced!

    Our Young Artists Competition winner is Emma Kim, a pianist. She will play the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Piano concerto No. 3, Op. 26 in C Major on March 5, 2022, at 7:30 pm.

    Emma is 17, has played piano since age 5, and has studied with Dr. Marina Lupinacci since age 9. She is currently a senior at North Hills High School. Emma has been a Steinway Society Young Artist for the past eight years, was selected as Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist, was awarded Penn State Marian García Competition second prize, and is this year’s PYSO Concerto Competition winner, amongst others. She plays piano for the North Hills Jazz Band and is also captain of the NH Girls Varsity Tennis Team.

  • Matthew Kraemer WQED Interview: Listen Now!

    The Butler County Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthew Kraemer presents Mozart’s 40th Symphony, with music by Ginastera and Gabriela Lena Frank – Saturday night at the Butler Intermediate High School at 7:30 pm. Executive Director John Furman joins Jim Cunningham and Matthew to talk about the special features of the concert, the great strides the orchestra has made in the past ten years, and where to get a good meal in Butler. Original airdate: Nov 4, 2021

    Click here to listen now.

  • Butler County Symphony Orchestra Scottish Rite Virtual Concert

    Please enjoy our previous virtual concert performed in the beautiful, historic Scottish Rites Cathedral in New Castle. This is a sample of what will be featured during our Scottish Reverie on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. We hope you will join us! Click here to get tickets now! You can view the full program here.

  • “All Baroque” Premiere – Nov. 21st

    Be sure to join us on Nov. 21st at 7pm via Facebook, YouTube or our website for the premiere of “All Baroque.”

    This virtual program is being presented for free and features a chamber version of your Butler County Symphony Orchestra performing works by Bach, Corelli, Handel and Pachelbel.
    This performance will also be aired on Armstrong Neighborhood Channel 10 on Nov 23, 25, 27 and 29 at 1am, Noon and 9pm.

    Even in the midst of a pandemic, it is our mission to continue to safely provide music and music education to the Butler County Community and beyond, whatever the format may be.

  • Symphonic Contrasts Compliment

    Concert Features New, Known Works

    BRAVO! Read all that Leanne Heaton, Butler Eagle Correspondent, had to say about our Saturday concert! Did you join us for our evening of Wolfgang Mozart, Gabriela Frank, and Alberto Ginastera? If so, please add your own voice to an encore of applause by sharing your review and positive notes about the Butler County Symphony Orchestra.

    Click here for the article link.

  • 2021 Collegiate Concerto Competition

    Kyle Chastulik (IUP)

  • 2021 Collegiate Concerto Competition Overall Winner

    Kalista Heidkamp (SRU)

  • ShuBrew joins BCSO for Zelienople Community Concert

    Join your Butler County Symphony Orchestra and Shubrew at the Zelienople Community Park Amphitheatre on May 29th at 2pm for a Memorial Day Weekend Concert and your favorite brews!

    Schubrew will be selling various IPAs, a Lager, Sour and Hard Lemonade! All beverages will be between $5 – $7. (Cash & CC accepted)

    Be sure to grab a blanket or chair and come out to Zelienople Community Park to enjoy this special event!

    Stay tuned for more information regarding the performance at Butlers Alameda Park on May 29th at 11am!

  • Butler Symphony Hosts Free Memorial Day Weekend Park Concerts

    The Butler County Symphony Orchestra will host two FREE concerts in Butler County on May 29th to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the community.

    These concerts will feature a chamber ensemble of 14 Butler Symphony musicians performing a variety of Americana, Patriotic and Classical music including works such as Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa, God Bless America by Irving Berlin, and “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar.

    The concerts will be held on Saturday, May 29th at Butler’s Alameda Park at 11:00AM and the Zelienople Community Park at 2:00PM.

    Members of the surrounding communities are invited to come enjoy these free concerts and are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, picnics and social distance in the park.

    Be sure to join your Butler County Symphony Orchestra for these incredible concerts!

  • Virtual Auction - Weeklong Stay on Lake Chautauqua

    The Butler County Symphony Association will host a virtual auction from April 6, 2021 through April 13, 2021 for a week-long stay in Lakewood, NY. Bidding will take place at https://tinyurl.com/BCSOLakesideAuction.

    Bidding will start at $650 ($108 per night) for the weeklong stay at the Lake Chautauqua property in Lakewood, NY, located 2 hours from Butler, Pennsylvania.The stay offers flexible dates between mid-June and mid-October this summer and fall. Location is 2 minutes from the quaint Lakewood Beach and the local Hartley park. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, etc. on Lake Chautauqua or a picnic and sports at Hartley park. Similar properties valued at approximately $1800 per week ($300 per night).

    – Situated lakeside with a beach – Full Kitchen (fridge/freezer, stove, pots/pans, cutlery)
    – Wi-Fi Included – Powder Room – Dining Room – Living Room – Sun Room – Back Porch
    – Linens Provided/Washer Dryer – (3) Bedrooms – Sleeps up to 10
    – Kayaks, Canoe, Paddle Boat, Paddles, Life Jackets provided
    Many other attractions around the area, all within 20 miles of Lakewood. Chautauqua Institution, Midway Amusement Park (NY State Park), National Comedy Center, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, Dunkirk Lighthouse/Veterans Museum, Panama Rocks, Lake Erie Wine Trail: 13 Wineries along US Rt. 20, Southern Tier Brewery, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Audubon Community Nature Center, Fenton History Center, Robert H. Jackson Center, plus many more.
    The auction will benefit the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, who presented their first virtual “All Baroque” concert in November and will host additional virtual performances this spring. Appropriate safety procedures, including social distancing, sanitizing, and masking will be observed.
    Additional donations may be made at butlersymphony.org by clicking the “Donate” button. For more information or questions on making donations, please contact David Cosgrove at (724)-283-1402 or butlersymphony@zoominternet.net.
  • 2021 Collegiate Concerto Competition

    The College Division Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association, will be held digitally this year due to an abundance of caution surrounding Covid-19. Musicians will submit a video audition for our judges, and there will be winners from three categories (vocal, instrumental, and piano) who will each receive the opportunity to have their concerto recorded by a professional videographer and featured on the Butler County Symphony Orchestra website and social media pages. One overall winner will be selected to receive an additional monetary award of $400.

    Competition Timeline:
    -Application deadline: Saturday, March 27, 2021
    -Winners Announced: Monday, April 12, 2021
    -Arrangements for recording will need to be made with the videographer and selected winners
    -Overall Winner will receive $400 prize at their recording session

    For more information, or to fill an application, go to https://www.butlersymphony.org/concerto-competitions

  • Paint with the Symphony Fundraiser!

    Paint with the Symphony! Purchase your music-themed painting kit from Butler’s Brushes & Barstools from February 15th-March 6th. A portion of the sales will go to support your Butler County Symphony Orchestra.

    Purchase your kit here: https://www.brushesandbarstools.com/product/paint-with-the-symphony-take-and-makes/

  • 2020-2021 Season Changes

    Dear Patrons, Donors, Sponsors and Affiliates,

    Due to the continued issues surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic the live concert performances scheduled for February, March, April and May have been canceled.

    We are pleased that through the generous support of our people like you the music will continue virtually in the spring featuring an education program, strings program, a woodwind quintet, and a brass quintet.
    It has been a part of our mission for 73 years to provide music to the community and in light of the trials many are facing during this time, we will be offering the spring virtual programs free of charge.
    We are extremely grateful for your support and we ask that you please consider donating the cost of your tickets. Your donation will offset the cost of these programs and will help to ensure that when we return we will be stronger than ever.

  • Holiday Traditions Virtual Concert

    A Brass Quintet from your Butler County Symphony Orchestra performs various holiday classics in this virtual performance.

  • Thank You to All of Our Sponsors

    Thank you to all of our sponsors of the 2020-2021 concert season for keeping the music playing in Butler County Symphony Orchestra!

  • BCSO 72nd Season Announcement

    Maestro Matthew Kraemer is coming to you straight from his home to announce the 2020-2021 Butler County Symphony Orchestra Concert Season! This season is structured differently due to these uncertain times and will start in November of 2020. We will be doing all that we can to make the concert experience safe and enjoyable for all of our patrons, musicians, and volunteers. Brochures will be sent out next week (June 1 – 5) and season subscription renewals will begin the following week.

    Current subscriber renewals: June 8th – June 26th
    New subscriber period: June 29th – July 17th
    All tickets on sale: July 20th

  • BCSA Annual Association Meeting

    Butler, Pa. (June 17, 2020) – The Butler County Symphony Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 30th at 6:30 pm via a Zoom meeting. The annual meeting will include a recap of the 2019-2020 fiscal year and the election of new board members and officers.

    The annual meeting will include a recap of the 2019-2020 fiscal year and the election of new board members and officers.

    The meeting is open to all Butler County Symphony Association members. Any 2019-2020 Butler County Symphony season ticket holder who made a contribution of $10 or more above the season ticket price is considered a member of the Butler County Symphony Association.

    For information on how to participate in the annual meeting, please contact the Butler County Symphony office at 724-283-1402 or butlersymphony@zoominternet.net.

  • 2020 Summer Concert Series Schedule