Who We Are


Sage City Symphony was started in 1972 as a community/college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. Since then it has become primarily a community orchestra which draws players from three states, as well as providing academic credit to Bennington College students who choose to participate. The Symphony endeavors to present programs that are beyond the usual ambition of community orchestras and that offer a challenging playing opportunity to local musicians. We attract a high caliber of amateur as well as professional musicians without the requirement of auditions.

The Symphony plays the traditional repertoire and contemporary music, commissioning and premiering new pieces each season. The Symphony rents and borrows music as needed, but also owns a library of scores and music parts for traditional overtures, symphonies and our own commissioned works.

Sage City Symphony is a registered federal non-profit organization in the State of Vermont. We are entirely supported by donations and grants. There is no admission for our performances other than good will donations. We are grateful to Bennington College in North Bennington, Vermont for space for our rehearsals, concerts and annual dinner. The Symphony is managed by a volunteer Board made up of long time community supporters and players.

Contact Us


Mailing Address: Sage City Symphony, Box 547, Shaftsbury VT 05262
Manager Gail Smith: Phone 802-447-2149 or by Email.



Music Director
Louis Calabro (1926-1991),
Founding Music Director
Michael Finckel, Music Director

Executive Board
Karl Brosch, President
Jack Leonard, Treasurer
Janet Betlejeski, Secretary

Board Members

Claude DeLucia
Steve Ellis
Michael Gallagher
Catherine Hall-Schor
Celia Murray
Stacy New
Charles Olegar
Marianne Peters
François Sécordel
Ralph Thomas
Suzy Yucht
Ralph Thomas, Librarian
Gail Smith, Manager
Peter Lawrence Esq., Emerita
Christine Graham, Emerita