Bremerton Symphony Orchestra
Under the musical direction of Maestro Alan Futterman, Bremerton Symphony Orchestra strives to challenge its musicians and continue to improve while providing the community with thoughtful and moving renditions of live orchestral music. Typically, the orchestra contains sixty members comprised of doctors, firemen, accountants, government employees, and many teachers who perform at a professional level; not one member is a “professional” musician. In concert history the orchestra has seen more than 120 members on stage.
The Orchestra meets several times a week and performs for over 300 season ticket holders, and more than 5,000 West Sound community members each season. In the span of more than 70 years Bremerton Symphony Orchestra commissioned new works and received the ASCAP Community Orchestra Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1977. Rehearsals are open to the public, the members of the orchestra enjoy it when community members attend rehearsals to get a preview of what is coming up for the next concert. Local musicians interested in getting involved are encouraged to audition.
Current musicians can find rehearsal and concert information here.
About the Music Director
Alan Futterman is the Music Director of Bremerton Symphony and the Academy Chamber Orchestra. He has served on the Music Faculty of Central Washington University, as Music Director of the Dover Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor for the Weierstrass Society Concerts (New York, N.Y.), and Conductor in Residence for Jeunesse Musicale of Europe. Mr. Futterman holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music with two years of Doctoral studies in Musicology. As a Doctoral candidate, he served as Assistant Conductor to Maestro Vladimir Kin of St. Petersburg and participated in master classes with Sir George Solti and Leonard Bernstein. In the 1990’s, Mr. Futterman devoted more of his time to the training of young musicians as Music Director of the Bellevue Youth Symphony, then as founder of the Academy Chamber Orchestra. He served on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and his students have gone on to attend Harvard, Yale, and the Curtis Institute.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Futterman performed with NY City Ballet Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the New Jersey State Opera, and the Seattle Symphony under various Music Directors including; Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Aaron Copland, and Gerard Schwarz. For nearly ten years Mr. Futterman had a parallel career in foreign languages and cultures at the American Cultural Exchange. This, in turn, led to three years of work with the television series “Northern Exposure” as a technical advisor, scriptwriter and multiple language coach. Mr. Futterman has consistently received standing ovations as a composer. His orchestral works include, the World Beat Dance Suite #1 (2000), World Beat Dance Suite #2 (2002), Fiesta Mexicana (2005), and Japanese Vignettes (2006).