Arts and CultureBig Bend Community Orchestra
"The Big Bend Community Orchestra (BBCO) provides opportunities for community musicians to learn and play together, encourages school age children to become interested in music through educational programs, and performs orchestral music for the public."
The Big Bend Community Orchestra was formed in 1994 by Waldie Anderson and Ginny Densmore to provide a venue for community musicians in the area to play symphonic music in an enjoyable atmosphere, and to promote music education and participation. The Orchestra consists of community members including qualified students. To date, the BBCO has presented 85 concerts and over 350 different compositions by a wide variety of composers spanning four centuries.
Each year, the Big Bend Community Orchestra showcases student musicians from age 7 - 18 in a competition called "The Young Artist Competition." In this competition, students prepare a selection to be played for three experienced orchestral conductors. The first place winners from three age categories are invited to play their solos with the orchestra in their Spring concert.
Under the Direction of Dr. Shelby Chipman and Assistant Director Lisa Foltz, the Big Bend Community Orchestra practices on Thursday evenings during the concert season from 7:15 - 9:30 p.m. in the TCC Rehearsal Room - CH 165. If you are interested in playing with the orchestra, please send your name, email address, instrument, and phone number to info@BBCOrch.org. For more information, please visit our Facebook page: Big Bend Community Orchestra and website: www.bbchorch.org.