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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Save the next concert date!


A quintet from the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will perform on July 9th for the Dedication Ceremony at Bloomfield Civic Center in honor of Dominick Ferrara. Dominick was the conductor of the Bloomfield Civic Band for 40+ years, was an Army Band Director, and served the community in various ways, including being President of the Bloomfield Chapter of UNICO. The performance from the orchestra will be Kristine Massari, mandolin I, Barbara Bivin and Sharman Nittoli, mandolin II, Annamaria Menconi, mandola, and Ed Hanrahan, guitar. Conductor Enrico Granafei will sing. The performance will include Sogno d'una Vergine and 'O Mari at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street (in between Sacred Heart Church and Bloomfield Public Library). The ceremony will start at 6:00 pm, last half an hour, and will be followed by refreshments inside the Civic Center, and a free concert by the Civic Band across the street on the green. 


Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra Quintet

Monday, July 9th, 2018, 6:00 pm 


Bloomfield Civic Center

84 North Broad Street

Bloomfield, NJ 07003 




For information call 973-444-0357, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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

Music Lessons

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra

Invites you to learn how to


Play the Mandolin or Improve your Playing





Introduction to Mandolin-Beginning


4 Wednesday evenings: July 20th,

July 27th, August 3rd, August 24th

7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. 

$50.00 includes all 4 sessions

Location of class: Bloomfield area

Basics of reading music

Holding the instrument and the pick

Basic right and left-hand technique & tremolo

Playing simple melodies

Instructor: accomplished mandolinist/violinist

Barbara Bivin

Reserve today by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send all checks payable to BMO to

Carol Franz

20 Burnett Street

Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

For additional information, call 973-444-0357

Several of our members also provide private lessons in develop skills in reading, technique and interpretation on the mandolin, guitar and other instruments.