Season 2019/2020




The Bloomfield Mandolin orchestra's performances

for the remaining season 2019/2020 will be:


 MONTCLAIR -  Sunday, December 15 at 5:00 P.M.  Christmas in Italy.  Montclair Early Music Singers & Recorder Consort, Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, Italian Folk Dancers and more will celebrate Carnival in Venice, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, creches from Naples, and the Good Witch Befana from Rome.  Featuring classical guitarist Enrico Granafei (Conductor of the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra) and Soprano Joann Dadd.  St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair.  Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors, $15 Students, and Free for Children ages 10 and under. 


BLOOMFIELD -  Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 P.M.  Holiday Concert.  Bloomfield Public Library Little Theater, 90 Boad Street, Bloomfield.  Free Concert.  Limited Seating.  To RSVP, call 973-566-6200. 


 BLOOMFIELD - Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 P.M.  Annual Spring Concert. A program of Spanish music. Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road.

History of the Orchestra

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is one of five performing groups comprised of volunteer musicians under the aegis of the Bloomfield Federation of Music, sponsored by the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department. In the Fall of 1943, the orchestra started its association with the Federation. Prior to that time, members of the orchestra rehearsed independently or were participating in various northern and central NJ mandolin orchestras. In the early 1960s, the Orange and Vicinities Mandolin Society (West Orange), officially merged with the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra.  Peter Longo, originally from the OVMS, is a founding member of the orchestra.  In 2016, Peter received a Proclamation from the Township of Bloomfield in recognition for his seventy five years of dedicated membership and service to the orchestra. 

Throughout the decades, the orchestra has been led by renown conductors.  Notably, Gabriel L. Nevola conducted the orchestra for the longest time period (37 years), before retiring in 2007.  Current orchestra conductor Enrico Granafei, has led the orchestra for the past twelve years and is credited with expanding the orchestra's repertoire and its variety of performance venues and programs.  The orchestra performs Italian favorites, popular American songs, Broadway selections, classical music, and traditional ethnic and folk music.  
The orchestra rehearses every Tuesday from September through May at the Bloomfield Middle School (60 Huck Road) from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. and performs year round.
New members are welcomed to join the orchestra.  The orchestra requires all  members to have a knowledge of reading music.  The orchestra is currently offering a mandolin class in collaboration with the Montclair Adult School.  For more information about the orchestra, please write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sample Workshop

Sample Workshop

Music Lessons



Instructor: Enrico Granafei, Conductor of the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra

8 Thursday Evening Sessions, January 30 through March 19, 2020.
Class time: 7:00 - 8:15 P.M.

Class Location:
Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Tuition = $145

DESCRIPTION: The instructor will provide a foundation in the basic reading of musical notes and rhythms, picking, playing tremolo and a few basic chords. Students will be able to play basic pieces as they apply what they learn. This course is for those who have never studied music, as well as those with a musical background who need to refresh or transfer their knowledge of reading and technical skills.

Bring your own mandolin to class. Instrument Rentals are also available.

The class textbook costs approximately $8.00. Students should purchase their own copy. ISBN-13: 978-0793585861 Title: The Hal Leonard Mandolin Method
Author: Rich DelGrosso.

To register, call 973-744-0500 X2224.

* This course is offered through a collaboration of the Montclair Adult School and the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra. For more information on both groups,