The Bay Atlantic Symphony is known as an outstanding per-service orchestra that presents concerts charged with emotion and nuance. The Symphony is also considered to be a model of what a 21st-century arts organization can mean to a region. We perform 12 symphonic programs annually, drawing musicians from throughout the Philadelphia region, as well as New York and Baltimore. The Bay Atlantic Symphony also presents chamber-music programs throughout the southern New Jersey region.
Audiences and supporters attend Bay Atlantic Symphony concerts at a variety of venues throughout the southern New Jersey area. Our subscription series is enjoyed at three venues where the Symphony is in residence: Stockton University, Landis Theater, and Rowan University. The summer home of the Bay Atlantic Symphony is the Jersey Shore town of Avalon, New Jersey, while late spring brings the Bay Atlantic Symphony to the Cape May Music Festival. We begin each year with an exciting pops gala at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
Education and strong partnerships in our communities are central to the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s purpose. We perform fully symphonic educational concerts—free of charge—at all three of our collegiate venues, reaching more than 2,000 students annually. Our online study guides, written by our music director, are a hit with both teachers and students. The Bay Atlantic Symphony is unique in its extensive adult education program, which brings music scholar, composer and lecturer Paul Somers to cultural centers throughout our region to speak.
We at the Bay Atlantic Symphony believe great music is for everyone. We are delighted to have forged creative bonds within our communities that break down barriers to accessing our innovative programming and spontaneous, transformative performances. Partnerships include working with community organizations such as Rotary Clubs, libraries, schools, houses of worship, in addition to unique populations such as the visually impaired and veterans.
Music Director Jed Gaylin is in his 17th season with the Bay Atlantic Symphony. During his tenure, the Bay Atlantic Symphony has grown in size, scope, and artistry. Concerts are fabled in the region for their vitality, subtlety, and vision. Performances are also informal and engaging for audience members. Post-concert dinners, open to all audience members, are just part of the shared celebration. Reveling in a wide variety of repertoire, the Symphony’s concerts juxtapose a core of classics with premieres, and explore unusually formatted concerts. In 2012, Gaylin was named Artist in Residence at The Richard Stockton University of New Jersey. This position is part of an innovative model in which the Bay Atlantic Symphony is integrated into the school’s music curriculum. Symphonic rehearsals and presentations have become focal points for coursework and seminars.