Bremerton Symphony Association

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Mission
We unite and enrich West Sound communities by sharing a passion for live music, preserving artistic tradition, and fostering opportunities for music education.

Vision
The West Sound will be an inspired community of supported and connected local arts and artists with opportunities for citizens of all ages to explore creativity and develop talent, and a dedicated home for music within a thriving local economy.

Values

We are committed to

  • Community
  • Accessible education, creativity, and transformational music experiences
  • Respectful, fair, and open communication and interaction
  • Stewardship of resources and relationships

Bremerton Symphony Association is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit umbrella organization, which includes Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony Chorale, Bremerton Youth Symphony, Symphony League of Volunteers, and Bremerton Symphony Endowment Fund.

Bremerton Symphony Association was born at a time when history was being made. It was during the bleak years of World War II that President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a call to all Americans to make music a part of the campaign to support the war effort. Seven citizens of our community responded to this call and created the Bremerton Symphony Association under the auspices of the Bremerton Recreation Commission. Since 1942 Bremerton Symphony Association has been a vital part of the West Sound. In 2002, Bremerton Symphony Association’s 50th anniversary, September and October were proclaimed “Bremerton Symphony Orchestra Months” by Former Mayor Cary Bozeman.

Bremerton Symphony Association presents a broad spectrum of repertoire offered in four different series: main stage, chamber, family, and youth. Between all programs, Bremerton Symphony Association presents between 10-12 concerts each season, and provides many opportunities to engage and educate the community through concerts such as the orKIDstra series for schools and homeschool groups, and the instrument petting zoo. Bremerton Symphony Association has over 200 musicians – some are young students while others have been part of the West Sound community for decades.

At its inception, Bremerton Symphony Association had an annual operating budget of $700. In 2017, Bremerton Symphony Association’s annual budget is now around $350,000, supported through ticket and tuition revenue, individual contributions, foundation support, and federal funds such as City of Bremerton and Kitsap County lodging tax, Washington State Arts Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about how you can support the music you love!

 

About the Executive Director

Anna James Miller, Executive Director
Photo: Andrew Sprint for Miller Design Studio

Anna James Miller is a former ballet dancer, educator, and choreographer with over a decade of performing arts non-profit leadership experience. With a Bachelor of Arts in arts administration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University with a concentration in servant leadership, Ms. Miller holds certificates in advanced professional fundraising and grant proposal writing. Originally from Kent, CT, she moved to the Seattle area in 2000, working with Seattle Opera, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, American Friends Service Committee, Spectrum Dance Theater, Icicle Arts, Icicle Creek Theater Festival, Federal Way Symphony, and Auburn Symphony, before joining Bremerton Symphony Association as Executive Director in July 2015.

Recognized by Wenatchee Business World in their 30 Under 35 Best and Brightest of 2012 awards and by South Puget Sound Business Examiner as a40 under 40 Business and Community Leader of 2015, Ms. Miller is the author of Leaders Among Us. In her free time, Ms. Miller volunteers with Innocence Project Northwest and Gonzaga University as an advisory committee member for the School of Leadership Studies’ servant-leadership program and a teaching assistant for foresight and strategy courses in the masters and doctoral programs.

Although not a trained musician herself, Ms. Miller enjoys solo and ensemble singing and is the daughter of four-time Grammy Award winning cellist/composer Eugene Friesen. Ms. Miller lives in Tacoma with her spouse, a professional visual artist and art faculty member at Olympic College.