The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra was established in 1980 by Julia Kurtyka, a professional violinist and string teacher in the Frankfort Public Schools. BASO offers local community musicians an chance to rehearse, learn and perform and foster a love of music in Northwest Michigan. The orchestra is most active in the summer and early fall.
Since its founding, the orchestra has been graced by the batons of three prominent musicians and educators: Don Smith (1985-1999), Dorothy Kunkel (1999-2007), and John Beery (2008-2014).
The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donations and grants to serve the community. For more information about supporting our musical mission, please contact us.
Tom Riccobono - Conductor and Musical Advisor
Autumn Kirby - Music Librarian
Theresa Kelley - Operations Manager and Web Site Coordinator
Jim Bekkering - President and Chair
John Oliver - Vice President
Marcia Korwin - Co-Secretary, Adjunct Member
Kristin Pensyl-Grabowski - Co-Secretary
Alex Flannery - Treasurer
Candace Wiebener - Concertmaster, Adjunct Member
Nancy Williamson - Adjunct Member
Dorothy Kunkel, Emeritus Member