Music - Nonprofit
123 West Broad Street, Suite 4, Cookeville, TN 38501
Begun in 1963-64, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra has brought both classical and pops music to its audience, thanks to the concerted efforts of both the community and university. Its annual programming also provides a unique opportunity for a select group of outstanding music students to play alongside their teachers and mentors.
BSO concerts are a collaborative effort of the community-based non-profit Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association and the Tennessee Tech Department of Music and Art. Performances are in the Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus. The building — and orchestra — were named for teacher and composer Charles Faulkner Bryan, a native son of the Upper Cumberland, the first Tennessee musician to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a former chairman of the music program at Tech. The orchestra’s subscription concerts are regularly sold out and draw audiences from every county surrounding its home in Putnam: Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Smith, Warren, and White.
A member of the League of American Orchestras, the BSO is managed by the independent Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association Board, which consists of both community and university representatives. Its advisory members are its music director, who is a member of the TTU faculty; its executive director, who reports directly to the board and is responsible for the BSO’s daily operations; the president of TTU; the director of Putnam County Schools; and an orchestra representative from the TTU faculty. TTU is an important partner of the BSOA, providing in-kind support, including rehearsal and performance space, as well as the participation of the music director and faculty and student orchestra members.