The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra (SMO) is a non-profit musical organization established in 2013
The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra (SMO) is a non-profit musical organization established in 2013 by Adam Sweet, in an effort to revive the beauty and popularity of the traditional mandolin orchestra, which was mainstream in the United States around the turn of the 20th Century. The Orchestra will consist of volunteer musicians, and will feature composers from around New England and beyond.
To get the orchestra off to a good solid start, it needs to purchase instruments for use by the orchestra, to purchase sheet music for the orchestra library, purchase or lease recording and amplification equipment for the publishing of videos, CDs and other promotional material, pay for the design and publishing of a website, to purchase advertising and marketing for concerts and open rehearsals, and to pay the Director and Manager reasonable salaries.
Although the SMO is not currently a registered non-profit organization, we are working towards that goal so that we may accept donations from the community.
Qualifications and Role of Personally Directly Involved With The Project
Adam Sweet, Music Director
Adam Sweet has certifications in violin and performance from the New England Conservatory of Music at Rivers, and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He has a BA in Ethnomusicology from Hampshire College. He opened his studio in 1985 and has been providing music lessons, sales and service to the community since. Mr Sweet is a mandolin teacher, plays mandolin in several ensembles and leads a Group Classes. Sweet is a volunteer member of the Granby Cultural Council and volunteers in development for the Granby Preservation society. He lives in Granby with his wife Emily and sons.
Qualifications, Certificates and Associations:
Certification: Violin; New England Conservatory of Music
Certification: Ensembles; Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
BA, Ethnomusicology, Hampshire College
Music Teacher Certification: American Federation of Music Teachers
Music Teacher Certification: American String Teacher Association
Member: American Federation of Musicians
Member: Boston Bluegrass Union
The SMO will hold open rehearsals in Granby the last Tuesday of every month, and concerts each year at the same location. The concerts will be open to the community for a reasonable fee.
The SMO currently consists of Eight Orchestra Members: four mandolinists, one mandola, one mandocello and one page-turner/assistant (Cynthia’s Mom). We are actively recruiting new members. We have received confirmation of interest from an additional mandolon (mando bass) player, and two additional mandolin players that were not able to attend the first rehearsal in February.
The members who currently do not have instruments (mando cello, mandola, mandolin) will be able to use an orchestra instrument while an active member of the orchestra. Members will benefit from playing and learning from published copies of sheet music instead of copies downloaded from the internet as part of an Orchestra Library that will be housed at the Sweet Music Studio. Members will benefit from the production of high quality video and recordings of concerts and rehearsals that they can share with family and friends and online through social media.
The SMO currently consists of two administrators: the Director and the Manager who will benefit from a small salary stipend for a specific number of hours worked during each month including rehearsals, concerts, and travel.
The SMO will need capital funding to get the project started. Maintenance funding will be needed to keep it running. See spreadsheet for needs.
Other organizations collaborating directly with this project
- Town of South Hadley has volunteered use of the Town Hall Auditorium for rehearsals and concerts
- The Providence Mandolin Orchestra has consulted with the Director and provided access to sheet music and other helpful online resources
- The Red Barn Music in Amherst has been helpful consulting about community engagement
Names of other organizations carrying out similar projects.
Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra
Austin Mandolin Orchestra
Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra
Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra
Dayton Mandolin Orchestra
Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra
Louisville Mandolin Orchestra
Mandolin Society of Peterborough
Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra
Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra
New Expressions Mandolin Orchestra
New York Mandolin Orchestra
Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
Pittsburg Mandolin Orchestra
Providence Mandolin Orchestra
Seattle Mandolin Orchestra
Here is a full list: http://www.mandoisland.com/?page_id=3515