BYO Brookhaven Youth Orchestra founded, Mr. Phil Gelfer founder and conductor. BYO began with 1 string orchestra. 9 students attended the first rehearsal February 2nd 1995.
Brookhaven Youth Orchestra grows to 22 student members. First annual concert at Bellport Community Center. BYO competes at Music in the Parks and receives 1st place with superior rating as well as judges choice award. Fees per session were $8.00.
BYO Orchestra expands to a full symphony orchestra with a total of 85 student
musicians. BYO performs at the historic Patchogue Theatre.
BYO officially becomes BYO and Arts Academy and BYO Grand Opening is
celebrated. BYO goes online. BYO adds several ensembles including: Junior Strings, Wind
Ensemble, Junior Band, Intermediate Band, Blue Grass university, Classical Figure Drawing,
Guitar Lessons and Chamber Orchestra
5 Year Anniversary - BYO grew to 8 performing ensembles including 3 instructional
groups, 4 fine arts classes, 2 musical organizations and an art gallery. BYO opens for NY
pops, Conductor Skitch Henderson, at the Brookhaven Amphitheater. BYO performs at
SUNY Stony Brook, Staller Center for the Arts. BYO performs at Bellport Day and the Papier Art Gallery has their fist exhibit. BYO leases
new space in the Bellport Outlet Center II in Bellport NY with a Grand re-opening.
Symphonic band begins as well as the BYO Philharmonic.
BYO performs with the New York Philharmonic and Skitch Henderson at
Lincoln Center NYC. Phil Gelfer leaves BYO to begin Brookhaven Art & Music
Brookhaven Art & Music (BAM) becomes a Not for Profit organization. BAM begins
offering summer music at Three Village Schools in Setauket NY
The Young People's Orchestra begins in Bellport NY. YPO merges with Bellport
Youth Ensemble. BAM offers the Young People's Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and the BYE
July -- Premiere concert of the Young People's Orchestra at the Bellport Community
Center. 1st annual cocktail party fundraiser in Bellport NY
YPO participates in the Music in the Parks festival in NJ. BAM beings annual
Mother's Day Plant Sale Fundraiser