CAROL FRANZ (1938 - 2019)

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is greatly saddened by the loss of its beloved and longtime member Carol Franz.  Carol suddenly passed away at her home in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on Saturday, March 2.  Carol was 80 years old.  Carol Franz was a player in the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra's Mandolin II section, served as Orchestra President, and currently served as Treasurer.  Also, Carol was inducted into the Bloomfield Federation of Music Hall of Fame during the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra's Annual Spring Concert at Bloomfield Middle School, on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  In addition, Carol and her husband Jack represented the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra at several national Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) Conventions. 

May God Bless Carol, her husband Jack, and their family

Upcoming Season


The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is looking for New Members!

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We play Classical, Folk, Italian, popular, show tunes and contemporary music!

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road, Bloomfield, NJ  07009.  Call Mark for more information: 973-493-2473



All ages & levels are welcome! IT’S FUN!

 Perform with us during our 77th season!


Loaner instruments available from the orchestra for a modest fee.

  Some knowledge of reading music required

Rusty with your reading?

Don't worry, we often hold workshops and pre-rehearsal classes to help members improve their reading and technique.


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Mandolin Orchesra To Open 2018-2019 Concert Season


BLOOMFIELD - The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Enrico Granafei, will officially open its new season in the Little Theater of the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, on Saturday, October 27 at 1 PM. The program will pay tribute to the celebration of Italian and Hispanic Cultural Month. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please contact Library Program Coordinator Lisa Cohn at (973) 566-6200 or Orchestra President Kirstine Massari at 973-444-0357, or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  







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History of the Orchestra



The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is currently celebrating its 75th season, having originated in 1941 when a group of six musicians met in the backroom of a local barbershop to discuss their dream of forming a mandolin orchestra. In 1945 these music pioneers formed the Orange and Vicinities Mandolin Society, under the direction of Elia Ciricillo.  The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra was under the direction of Conductor David Vallillo in December of 1949, but the orchestras often performed together.   In the 1960s the members of four different mandolin orchestras decided to merge as the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra.


 The orchestra operates under the auspices of the Bloomfield Federation of Music and is comprised of volunteer musicians from northern and central New Jersey.  Mandola player Peter Longo of West Orange has been a member of the orchestra since its founding in 1941. The current members of the orchestra represent a vast cross section of backgrounds and careers.   The orchestra has an extensive repertoire, which includes Italian favorites, traditional and popular American songs, Broadway selections, and operatic and classical orchestral music. Enrico Granafei became conductor of the orchestra five years ago, following a tenure of thirty-seven years by former conductor and arranger, Gabriele Nevola. An accomplished musician, composer and arranger, Maestro Granafei has enhanced the repertoire of the orchestra by including the arrangements and original compositions of musicians from many ethnic backgrounds and musical styles.


Sample Workshop

Sample Workshop