About the Bryn Athyn Orchestra

In its 2015-2016 season, the Bryn Athyn Orchestra marked its 89th year of performing classical and popular music for the community in and around Bryn Athyn. From its beginning in 1926, and for its first ten years, the orchestra was just a loose coalition of musicians who performed under the direction of Frank Bostock. In 1936, the orchestra was integrated into a non-profit association. Through the years, nearly 250 musicians have played in the orchestra; one of the original members was Raymond Pitcairn.
 
The orchestra represents a meeting of the generations; for example, at its May 2002 mother's day concert, the oldest member was 86 years old, and the youngest 12. One member, Peter Gyllenhaal, began playing for the orchestra when he was in high school. Now in his 80's, Gyllenhaal has been with the orchestra more than 56 years.
 
In its early years, almost all of the orchestra members lived in Bryn Athyn. This is no longer the case. Today, more than half its members come from other areas; some are professionals enlisted to fill in needed positions. One such professional, Daniel Kujala, was hired to play the cello more than eight years ago. Kujala now conducts the orchestra. Prior to coming to Bryn Athyn, Kujala, a native of Chicago, served as principal cellist for the Cedar Rapids Symphony. Locally, Kujala performed as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. His first appearance as conductor for the orchestra was on Mothers Day 2002. "He's a strong conductor," says Bob Zecher, former president of the Bryn Athyn Orchestra association. "He knows what he wants and can communicate it to the musicians."
 
Today, the orchestra boasts of over 50 regular members, including students, and performs at the beautiful Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn.
 
Adapted from Joe Harrington's article in the May 6, 2002 issue of "The Globe".
Bryn Athyn Orchestra Repertoire since 1998
Albinoni
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Concerto for Flute, Strings and Continuo in E minor
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor
Bartok
Two Romanian Folk Dances
Beethoven
Symphony No. 3, No 6, No. 7, and No. 8; Coriolan Overture
Romanze in F. Major for Violin and Orchestra
Violin Concerto
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Berlioz
Les Francs-Juges Overture
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14
Rakokoczy March from the Damnation of Faust
Bernstein
Symphonic Suite from ÔOn the WaterfrontÕ
Bizet Symphony No. 1 in C
Brahms
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102
Symphony No. 1 and No 4
Tragic Overture
Violin Concerto in D
Academic Festival Overture
Cherubini
Symphony in D major
Copland
Quiet City
Fanfare for the Common Man
Debussy
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn
La Mer
Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Brass Fanfare from La Peri
Dvorak
Czech Suite, Op. 39
Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8
Symphony No. 8
Faure
Elegie for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 24
Finzi
Introit for Small Orchestra & Violin
Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmila Overture
Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from 'Orpheus')
Gounod
Petite Symphony for Winds
Gordeli
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Haydn
Symphony No. 103 (Drumroll)
"London Symphony" (#4)
Cello Concerto in D
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon
Hovhannes
Prayer of Saint Gregory
Hummel
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Koussevitzky
Concerto for Contrabass in E minor, Op. 3
 
 
Mahler
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (songs)
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 1 (Titan)
Massenet
Le Roman D'Arlequin
Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)
Violin Concerto
Moussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel Orchestration)
Mozart
Overtures to Don Giovanni
The Marriage of Figaro
The Magic Flute
Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner")
Oboe Concerto in C Major, .314
Rachmaninoff
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (violin)
Ravel
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Oiseaux Triste (from Miroirs)
Respighi
Ancient Airs and Dances
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
Rosauro
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra
Rossini
Overtures to Semiramide and William Tell
Saint-Saens
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 22
Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ)
Scarlatti-Tommasini Suite du Ballet
Schubert
Rosamunde Overture
Unfinished Symphony (#8)
Schumann
Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, Op. 97 (Rhenish)
Piano Concerto in A minor
Sir Arthur Sullivan
Overture to Iolanthe (Orchestra members also accompanied the Performance)
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op 47
Strauss, J.
Tales From the Vienna Woods
Strauss, R.
Vier Letzte Lieder
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Capriccio Italien
Wagner
Prelude and Liebestold from Tristan Und Isode
Vaughan Williams
Overture to "The Wasps"
Concerto in F Minor for Bass Tuba and Orchestra
Suite - "English Folk Songs"
Vivaldi
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C Major, RV 537
Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in D minor
von Weber
Overture to Oberon
Yardumian
Armenian Suite
Professional Soloists
  • Paul Roby, violin (2 appearances), of the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Lloyd Smith, cello and Nancy Bean, violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin
  • Sean Kennedy, marimba
  • Jacqueline Smith, soprano
  • Jay Krush, tuba, Temple Music Faculty
  • Rita Smith, oboe, Settlement Music School Faculty
  • Ruth Ideen, soprano
  • Diane Sarkisian, piano
Musical Productions
Rodgers and Hammerstein II
The King and I (Omni Productions)
Gilbert and Sullivan
Iolanthe (with B-Act Community Theater)
Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf (with Dance Theater of Pennsylvania)
Tschaikowsky
The Nutcracker Suite Ballet (with Jessica Bostock Ballet)