ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (February 15, 2019)The Bay Atlantic Symphony is once again honored to be recognized by a committee of its peers, the New Jersey State Council on The Arts, with a Citation of Excellence and a generous grant for operations support for fiscal year 2019. The State Council’s Citation of Excellence denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment based on grant applications. The Citation recognizes arts organizations, programs, and projects that showcase the highest degree of artistic quality, programming, and public service in the arts.    


The New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects, and artists throughout the state in July of 2018. The awards were announced at the Arts Council's 52nd Annual Meeting held at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.  Bay Atlantic Symphony received a grant in the amount of $40,379 for general operations support. 


Of the 700 organizations, projects and individual artists receiving grant support, only 46 organizations or  projects received the highest evaluations and were honored with Citation of Excellence, with Bay Atlantic Symphony among them.  


“The arts challenge us to be creative and learn new skills, all of which help keep the mind astute and boost confidence. We congratulate and remain extremely grateful to today's award winners for their contribution and dedication to preserving a vital resource in their communities that directly improves the quality of life for everyone,” stated New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way.


Last year, Council grantees spent $275 million in New Jersey; employed an estimated 25,000 workers; and attracted nearly 7.5 million patrons who spent an additional $232 million in the state. New Jersey artists and arts organizations produced one dollar of local economic activity for every three cents in grant funding received from the State Arts Council.

About the Bay Atlantic Symphony

“Our 2019 Citation of Excellence Award marks the third time Bay Atlantic Symphony has been honored with this distinction,” stated Tom Giegerich, president of Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Board of Trustees.  “For more than 30 years the symphony has been dedicated to bringing the immense beauty and inspiration of classical music to South Jersey residents through concerts, music education, and life enrichment programs. It is gratifying to have this work recognized by a committee of our peers at the highest level,” he added. 


About the Bay Atlantic Symphony
The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music.


Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services. Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin, the Bay Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southern-most counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), the historic Landis Theater in Vineland, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, the Cape May Music Festival, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.


The Symphony’s value to the community goes far beyond performing great music. As a cultural centerpiece, the BAS is a treasured music education resource. By creating meaningful, interactive music experiences for children, adults, the visually-impaired, veterans, and seniors with limited mobility, the BAS strives to create vibrant communities rooted in the love of music.  The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has honored Bay Atlantic Symphony with a 2019 Citation of Excellence, which denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment. To learn more, visit, call (609) 449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.


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Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.