We love what we do

Since 1973, Westwater Arts has been the standard for visuals with orchestras. We’re passionate about combining breathtaking imagery with classical music in ways that connect and inspire audiences. We’re continually creating new concert pieces set to music that moves us, and we love collaborating with people who are equally excited about the expressive possibilities of classical music.

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About Westwater Arts

People

Nicholas Bardonnay | Multimedia Artist & Creative Director

Nicholas Bardonnay is a photographer, multimedia artist, and the Creative Director & CEO at Westwater Arts. He creates new concert pieces and performs our current repertoire with a variety of orchestras and music festivals each concert season. Leading up to these collaborations, Nicholas works closely with orchestra executives, artistic planning staff and music directors to finalize concert details and offer advice on our visual repertoire.

After the green light, Nicholas is the lead contact for concert marketing material, press interviews, pre-concert talks and tech discussions. He also oversees the load-in and takedown of the screen and projection equipment at concert venues. The rest of the time, you’ll usually find him on his bike or planning his next adventure. To learn more about Nicholas and his creative projects, read his artist bio.

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Erin Bardonnay | Operations Manager

Erin manages the production and pre-engagement facets of Westwater Arts, including contract preparation, accounting, travel logistics, and both domestic and international equipment shipping. Her focus is providing an outstanding experience for orchestras from start to finish. She’s also the go-to person for the administrative and production staff at the orchestras, festivals and universities who are programming photochoreography.

Her other responsibilities include website management, creative feedback, growth and development projects, marketing, and of course supporting Nicholas.

Since an early age, Erin has been passionate about blending photography with classical music—her father James Westwater pioneered photochoreography in 1973.

Erin evolved into her role as Operations Manager in 2014 following a successful 12-year career in various communications roles for the Montana State University Leadership Institute, eCivis grant search engine, and most recently American Funds investment management.

A sixth generation Ohioan, Erin broke with tradition when she moved west to Bozeman, Montana, with her dog and all her belongings. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in English Literature from Montana State University–Bozeman. She spent one year at New Mexico State University as a national exchange student. She holds a graduate certificate in editing from UC Berkeley, and she recently finished a trimestral Spanish program in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Company history

What started as an artistic experiment 44 years ago has become the standard for visuals with orchestras today. While our technology, scope and style have greatly evolved over the years, Westwater Arts continues to push the boundaries, inspiring today’s audiences with immersive concert experiences.

In 1973, our company’s now-retired founder, James Westwater, pioneered the first performance of symphonic photochoreography in his hometown, with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. In the orchestra world, photochoreography was unlike anything else at the time.

Shortly thereafter, photochoreography made its way onto concert programs across the central and eastern U.S., in cities like Cleveland, Tulsa and Washington, D.C., where the National Symphony Orchestra presented photochoreography at the Kennedy Center in March 1975. A career and an original art form were born, and as the excitement and momentum kept going, James continued developing new multimedia pieces and innovative orchestral collaborations for the next 39 years.

Fast forward to 2009. As James began preparing for retirement, his son-in-law Nicholas Bardonnay joined Westwater Arts. Nicholas brought fresh ideas, energy and creativity to the organization and the art form, leading to technological advancements and new artistic heights. Nicholas expanded the diversity and scope of the repertoire offerings as well as our connections within the orchestral field. Together, James and Nicholas undertook two major joint commissions for the principal orchestras in Tucson and Phoenix in 2012 and Scotland and Toronto in 2013. Coinciding with James’ retirement in 2014, Erin Bardonnay (daughter and wife to the duo) became the company’s full-time Operations Manager. Having grown up hearing and seeing classical concerts alongside her dad, Erin provides a unique insight into the process and contributes a complementary set of skills from her 10+ years working in the private sector.

To date, we’ve created new symphonic experiences for more than half a million classical music lovers, and our art form has been performed with over 180 orchestras of all sizes in almost every U.S. state, and with orchestras in Europe, Canada, Mexico and Asia. Some of our recent projects have taken us to Iceland, Mexico and the digital archives of over a dozen countries.

Our ties within the orchestra field run deep, and many of our collaborations on both concerts and new commissions have been repeat engagements with music directors and orchestra staff who enthusiastically promote our work. As Westwater Arts continues to evolve, our longstanding family business still wholeheartedly embraces that same pioneering spirit from our early days, combined with a freshness and modern sensibility that orchestras and audiences will continue to enjoy for decades to come.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you at the next concert!

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Who we’ve worked with

Over 180 symphony and chamber orchestras & music festivals

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra

Akron Symphony Orchestra

Akron Symphony Orchestra

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Amarillo Symphony

Amarillo Symphony

Amazing Earthfest

Amazing Earthfest

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Anderson Symphony Orchestra

Anderson Symphony Orchestra

Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra

Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra

Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Billings Symphony Orchestra

Billings Symphony Orchestra

Binghamton Philharmonic

Binghamton Philharmonic

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Boston University Symphony Orchestra

Boston University Symphony Orchestra

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra

Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra

Bozeman Symphony Orchestra

Bozeman Symphony Orchestra

Brevard Symphony Orchestra

Brevard Symphony Orchestra

Britt Music and Arts Festival

Britt Music and Arts Festival

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

California Symphony Orchestra

California Symphony Orchestra

Canton Symphony Orchestra

Canton Symphony Orchestra

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

Cascade Festival of Music (OR)

Cascade Festival of Music (OR)

Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra

Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Charlotte Symphony

Charlotte Symphony

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra

Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra

Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Columbus Symphony (OH)

Columbus Symphony (OH)

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

East Texas Symphony Orchestra

East Texas Symphony Orchestra

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Erie Philharmonic Orchestra

Erie Philharmonic Orchestra

Eugene Symphony

Eugene Symphony

Florida Orchestra

Florida Orchestra

Florida Philharmonic

Florida Philharmonic

Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra

Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra

Fort Smith Symphony

Fort Smith Symphony

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (WI)

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (WI)

Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra

Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra

Glacier Symphony and Chorale

Glacier Symphony and Chorale

Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra

Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra

Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

Great Falls Symphony Orchestra

Great Falls Symphony Orchestra

Green Bay Symphony Orchestra

Green Bay Symphony Orchestra

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Honolulu Symphony Orchestra

Honolulu Symphony Orchestra

Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL)

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL)

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Kingsport Symphony Orchestra

Kingsport Symphony Orchestra

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Lake Charles Symphony

Lake Charles Symphony

Lake Forest Symphony

Lake Forest Symphony

Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra

Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra

Lexington Philharmonic

Lexington Philharmonic

Lima Symphony Orchestra

Lima Symphony Orchestra

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Macomb Symphony Orchestra

Macomb Symphony Orchestra

Macon Symphony Orchestra

Macon Symphony Orchestra

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Middletown Symphony Orchestra

Middletown Symphony Orchestra

Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale

Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Muncie Symphony Orchestra

Muncie Symphony Orchestra

Naples Philharmonic

Naples Philharmonic

Nashville Chamber Orchestra

Nashville Chamber Orchestra

Nashville Symphony

Nashville Symphony

National Symphony Orchestra

National Symphony Orchestra

Neue Philharmonie Westfalen

Neue Philharmonie Westfalen

Nevada Symphony Orchestra

Nevada Symphony Orchestra

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra

New Orleans Symphony Orchestra

New Orleans Symphony Orchestra

New West Symphony Orchestra

New West Symphony Orchestra

Newport Symphony Orchestra

Newport Symphony Orchestra

North Carolina Symphony Orchestra

North Carolina Symphony Orchestra

Northeastern Pennysylvania Philharmonic

Northeastern Pennysylvania Philharmonic

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

Northwood Orchestra (MI)

Northwood Orchestra (MI)

Oakland Symphony

Oakland Symphony

Ocean City Pops

Ocean City Pops

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Omaha Symphony

Omaha Symphony

Orchestra Nashville

Orchestra Nashville

Oregon Mozart Players

Oregon Mozart Players

Oregon Symphony

Oregon Symphony

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Orquesta de Cámara del Nuevo Mundo

Orquesta de Cámara del Nuevo Mundo

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra

Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Philly Pops

Philly Pops

Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME)

Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME)

ProMusica Orchestra of Columbus (OH)

ProMusica Orchestra of Columbus (OH)

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Rapides Symphony Orchestra

Rapides Symphony Orchestra

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Sacramento Symphony Orchestra

Sacramento Symphony Orchestra

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Salina Symphony

Salina Symphony

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

San Diego Symphony Orchestra

San Diego Symphony Orchestra

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra

San Jose Symphony Orchestra

San Jose Symphony Orchestra

Santa Barbara Symphony

Santa Barbara Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony

Savannah Symphony Orchestra

Savannah Symphony Orchestra

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Singapore Chinese Orchestra

South Arkansas Symphony

South Arkansas Symphony

South Bend Symphony Orchestra

South Bend Symphony Orchestra

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Spartanberg Philharmonic Orchestra

Spartanberg Philharmonic Orchestra

Spokane Symphony Orchestra

Spokane Symphony Orchestra

Springfield Symphony (OH)

Springfield Symphony (OH)

Sunriver Music Festival

Sunriver Music Festival

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

Symphony of Southeast Texas

Symphony of Southeast Texas

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Topeka Symphony Orchestra

Topeka Symphony Orchestra

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra

Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra

Tuscarawas Philharmonic

Tuscarawas Philharmonic

Utah Symphony

Utah Symphony

Utica Symphony Orchestra

Utica Symphony Orchestra

Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (CAN)

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (CAN)

Ventura County Symphony

Ventura County Symphony

Victoria Symphony (TX)

Victoria Symphony (TX)

Walla Walla Symphony

Walla Walla Symphony

Wheeling Symphony

Wheeling Symphony

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Yakima Symphony Orchestra

Yakima Symphony Orchestra

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

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  • Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Akron Symphony Orchestra
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  • Allentown Symphony Orchestra
  • Amarillo Symphony
  • Amazing Earthfest
  • American Festival Chorus and Orchestra
  • Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
  • Anderson Symphony Orchestra
  • Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Asheville Symphony Orchestra
B
  • Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra
  • Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
  • Billings Symphony Orchestra
  • Binghamton Philharmonic
  • Black Hills Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Landmarks Orchestra
  • Boston University Symphony Orchestra
  • Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra
  • Bozeman Symphony Orchestra
  • Brevard Symphony Orchestra
  • Britt Music and Arts Festival
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
C
  • California Symphony Orchestra
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra
  • Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra
  • Cascade Festival of Music (OR)
  • Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra
  • Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra
  • Charlotte Symphony
  • Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
  • Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra
  • Columbus Indiana Philharmonic
  • Columbus Symphony (OH)
  • Concert Artists of Baltimore
D
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra
  • Des Moines Symphony Orchestra
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
E
  • East Texas Symphony Orchestra
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra
  • Erie Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Eugene Symphony
F
  • Florida Orchestra
  • Florida Philharmonic
  • Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra
  • Fort Smith Symphony
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (WI)
  • Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra
G
  • Glacier Symphony and Chorale
  • Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra
  • Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
  • Great Falls Symphony Orchestra
  • Green Bay Symphony Orchestra
  • Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra
H
  • Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Honolulu Symphony Orchestra
  • Houston Symphony
  • Hudson Valley Philharmonic
  • Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
I
  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
J
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra
  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL)
K
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
  • Kingsport Symphony Orchestra
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
L
  • La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
  • Lake Charles Symphony
  • Lake Forest Symphony
  • Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Lexington Philharmonic
  • Lima Symphony Orchestra
  • Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra
  • Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
  • Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
M
  • Macomb Symphony Orchestra
  • Macon Symphony Orchestra
  • Mansfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Memphis Symphony Orchestra
  • Middletown Symphony Orchestra
  • Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
  • Muncie Symphony Orchestra
N
  • Naples Philharmonic
  • Nashville Chamber Orchestra
  • Nashville Symphony
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
  • Nevada Symphony Orchestra
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
  • New Orleans Symphony Orchestra
  • New West Symphony Orchestra
  • Newport Symphony Orchestra
  • North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
  • Northeastern Pennysylvania Philharmonic
  • Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
  • Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Northwood Orchestra (MI)
O
  • Oakland Symphony
  • Ocean City Pops
  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic
  • Omaha Symphony
  • Orchestra Nashville
  • Oregon Mozart Players
  • Oregon Symphony
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orquesta de Cámara del Nuevo Mundo
  • Owensboro Symphony Orchestra
P
  • Pacific Symphony Orchestra
  • Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
  • Peoria Symphony Orchestra
  • Philly Pops
  • Phoenix Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME)
  • ProMusica Orchestra of Columbus (OH)
Q
  • Quad City Symphony Orchestra
R
  • Rapides Symphony Orchestra
  • Reading Symphony Orchestra
  • Reno Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Rockford Symphony Orchestra
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
S
  • Sacramento Symphony Orchestra
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Salina Symphony
  • Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
  • San Antonio Symphony
  • San Diego Symphony Orchestra
  • San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra
  • San Jose Symphony Orchestra
  • Santa Barbara Symphony
  • Santa Rosa Symphony
  • Savannah Symphony Orchestra
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
  • Seattle Symphony
  • Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
  • Singapore Chinese Orchestra
  • South Arkansas Symphony
  • South Bend Symphony Orchestra
  • South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
  • Spartanberg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Spokane Symphony Orchestra
  • Springfield Symphony (OH)
  • Sunriver Music Festival
  • Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
  • Symphony of Southeast Texas
  • Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
T
  • Toledo Symphony Orchestra
  • Topeka Symphony Orchestra
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra
  • Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tuscarawas Philharmonic
U
  • Utah Symphony
  • Utica Symphony Orchestra
V
  • Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (CAN)
  • Ventura County Symphony
  • Victoria Symphony (TX)
W
  • Walla Walla Symphony
  • Wheeling Symphony
  • Wyoming Symphony Orchestra
Y
  • Yakima Symphony Orchestra
  • Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

How it works

  • PERUSE

    PERUSE

    Explore our repertoire of concert pieces online. Many have multiple music options and all have hundreds of images.

  • PLAN

    PLAN

    Contact us to talk about programming ideas, answer questions, get a quote and reserve concert dates.

  • PROGRAM

    PROGRAM

    Once we’re ready to collaborate, we’ll send over plenty of marketing materials and go over all the production details.

  • PERFORM

    PERFORM

    We travel to your city, set up our equipment with your stage crew, and cue our concert pieces live to your orchestra's performance.

FAQs

  • What is symphonic photochoreography?

    A multimedia art form that combines stunning panoramic imagery with classical music live in concert. The result is a seamlessly choreographed visual and sound experience.

  • What concert formats work with this art form?

    The music repertoire and visual themes of symphonic photochoreography are suitable for masterworks or pops concerts, and also gala or educational concerts. We often get requests for programming recommendations, so don’t be shy.

  • How many visual pieces do orchestras normally program?

    Orchestras program anywhere between one and four pieces, with two being most common. We’re happy to make pairing recommendations from our repertoire.

  • What venues do you perform in?

    Indoor and outdoor venues of all sizes. Typically the proscenium needs to be at least 44′ wide from curtain to curtain and at least 20′ high from the deck to the bottom of the valance or teaser curtain. If your venue has smaller dimensions than these, there are several alternatives. Contact us to talk about the options.

  • Do you bring your own equipment?

    Most definitely. Our concert fee includes our equipment (multiple digital projectors, panoramic screen, laptops, etc.) as well as our artist’s time for rehearsals, performances and supervising the load-in and takedown.

  • What sizes of orchestras do you work with?

    All sizes. Over the years we’ve come up with lots of ways to accommodate the various needs of different orchestras.

  • Sounds great! How much does it cost?

    Our performance fees depend on the number of concerts, how many concert pieces you program and the combined length of the pieces. Most often, orchestras approach us before they know how many and which piece(s) would be the best fit, so please email us for a quote. Orchestras work directly with our artist, Nicholas Bardonnay, to book engagements. Our concert fee includes our equipment (multiple digital projectors, panoramic screen, laptops, etc.) as well as the artist’s time for rehearsals, performances and supervising the load-in and takedown.

  • Do you participate in preconcert events?

    Absolutely! We enjoy supporting orchestras’ community outreach efforts. Nicholas is happy to give media interviews to help promote upcoming concerts, and he frequently participates in preconcert talks. Some orchestras also like to organize school visits, masterclasses, luncheons with symphony supporters, and special events for donors while we’re in town.

  • Do you do educational concerts?

    Yes we do. They’re usually programmed alongside masterworks or pops concerts at a discounted rate. Recently we performed Rodeo! to Copland’s Rodeo suite for all the elementary and middle school children in Lima, Ohio. Fourth-grade teacher Nicole Rohrbaugh told us enthusiastically, “The kids absolutely loved it. They will be talking about it for weeks!”

  • What if the music I’m looking for isn’t in your repertoire?

    There is plenty of music we haven’t worked with yet that would fit beautifully with symphonic photochoreography. We invite you to call or email us with the piece you have in mind. Some arrangements are more suited to choreography than others, so the possibilities depend as much on the music as our upcoming performance and production schedules.

  • Do you perform with chamber orchestras or music festivals?

    Yes on both counts. See above under “Who We’ve Worked With” for a complete list of our engagements.

  • Do you perform outside the U.S.?

    Yes. To date we’ve performed with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico in addition to more than 180 across the United States.

  • Is there an important question missing from this list?

    Please send us an email! If there’s a pressing question you think should be addressed in this section, we want to know.