“The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.” - from The American Prize website at:

Here are links to the description and list of finalists for The American Prize: National Finalists: VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE (performing remotely), 2022:

“Music Outside the Box,” the brainchild of Music Director Evan Meccarello, was an event sponsored by the Binghamton Community Orchestra, in collaboration with Broome County Music Educators’ Association. The event took place in the height of the pandemic, when local student musicians lost so many opportunities to perform music together with their peers, either in school, in community groups, in county-wide festival bands, choruses and orchestras, or any other means of doing what musicians do, which is to play together.

In answer to this crisis, Maestro Meccarello came up with a way for high school music students to play together, virtually! Musicians from the Binghamton Community Orchestra and teachers from BCMEA worked together with Meccarello to help make this dream come true. In April 2021, students came together on a Friday and Saturday through the Zoom platform, to rehearse, and then to perform together. The performance was recorded and presented to the parents the next day. The recording was later released to the public on the Binghamton Community Orchestra website.

To read more about Music Outside the Box, and to watch the trailer and full performance video, click here!

This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Earlville Opera House.


Additional support for "Music Outside the Box" is provided by S.E.E.D. Planning Group, LLC.


BCO's Corporate Sponsor

The BCO would like to thank our corporate sponsor, IBM for their great support!

Please visit our Advertising Opportunities page for more information on opportunities to support the BCO.

The BCO is Looking For More!

The Binghamton Community Orchestra (BCO) is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Community members interested in joining the orchestra are invited to sit in on a rehearsal and discuss joining the ensemble with the music director afterward. The orchestra rehearses weekly throughout the concert season leading up to each performance.

The BCO has provided musicians from around the Southern Tier an opportunity to play quality symphonic music since 1984. The BCO performs at least three major concerts each season and feature a variety of outstanding composers.

Please feel free to visit our audition information page and fill out the form to tell us a little more about your interest in joining the BCO.

For more information, email:

Binghamton Community Orchestra
P.O. Box 1901 ▪ Binghamton, NY 13902