Upcoming Season 2019/2020

Mandolin Orchestra To Open 2019-2020 Concert Season



The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, Enrico Granafei, conductor, will open its 2019-2020 Concert season on Saturday, September 21 at 3 P.M. The orchestra will perform for a ribbon cutting event at the New Milbank Park Community Garden on North 17th Street in Bloomfield.


The orchestra's remaining performances for the season will be:


BLOOMFIELD - Sunday, October 13 at 3 P.M. Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Avenue. Celebration of Italian Heritage.


NUTLEY - Saturday, November 23 at 2 P.M. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive. Celebration of Italian Heritage.



MONTCLAIR - Renaissance music performance. Details TBA. BLOOMFIELD - Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 P.M. Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street. Holiday Concert.



BLOOMFIELD - Sunday, March 15, 2020. A Celebration for St. Patrick's Day and the Feast of St. Joseph. Venue location/time TBA.



BLOOMFIELD - May 2020. Annual Spring Concert. Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road. Date/time, program TBA. For more information write to 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 79th 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.


Previous Concerts and Events

Saturday, June 9, 2018                Free Performance at Polaski Park, 24 Vernon Ave, Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Monday, July 9, 2018                 Free Performance at Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 North Broad Street,

                                                    Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018            Free Performance at Union Congregational Montclair Church, 176 Cooper Ave,

                                                    Montclair NJ, 07043

                                                    10:30 am

Saturday, October 27, 2018         Free Performance at Bloomfield Public Library (Little Theatre), 90 Broad Street,

                                                    Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    1 pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018     Free Performance at Bloomfield Public Library (Little Theatre), 90 Broad Street,

                                                    Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    1 pm

Sunday, May 5, 2019                  Annual Spring Concert: "Mandolin and the Movie". Further information to follow


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


Introduction to Mandolin - NEW!

Would you like to play the mandolin, but have little or no experience? Inquire about private or group instruction at all levels.

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra has collaborated with the Montclair Adult School to offer a beginning mandolin course.  Are you a beginner? Are you rusty in reading music, because you have not played in years? This course is for you!

Schedule: Weekly - Thursdays 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM;
5 sessions; Starting 10/24/2019 and ending 11/21/2019.
Cost: $89
Instructor: Enrico Granafei
Location: Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

Bring your own mandolin to class. Instrument rentals are available for approximately $25. Students should purchase their own music book. Title: The Hal Leonard Mandolin Method Author: Rich DelGrosso Order Number: ISBN-13:978-0793585861 The book costs approximately $8.00.

Call the Montclair Adult School at 973-744-0500 x2224 for more information or to register now!