A site visit at Boston Symphony orchestra


For our site visit project, I happened to visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the actual visit, I researched extensively on the organization to understand its history and reputation. I found out that BSO is the world’s largest orchestral organization in regards to its scope of offering and fine art. The organization has led the way in programming that makes classical and popular music accessible and relevant to people (Audissino, 2013). It reaches the audience not only through its concert performances but also through radio, television, recordings, and the internet, among others. My visit to the Boston Symphony Orchestra was fascinating, and I happened to observe and learn different aspects related to music.

It was my first time to visit the world’s largest orchestra organizations. The home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is the symphony hall. The Symphony halls stand at the corner of the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Hartington Avenue. The hall is a steel-framed building that rests on a wooden piling. In the inside of the hall, is made on a different design because of its fascinating look. First, it has a centrally placed auditorium with diverse musical instruments. The audience can enter the auditorium through three sides at the orchestra. I used the first balcony level through the seven double doors to enter the auditorium.

In the BSO, the arrangements of the seats are among its unique features. The seats are arranged in 23 rows grouped in four sections. The organization has a total seating capacity of 2,625, which consists of about 1486 in the orchestra, 598 in the first balcony, and 541 in the second balcony. The seats in the side balcony are arranged in three rows that are parallel to the sidewall at the first level, and its two parallel rows at the second level separated into sections extending from the door. The design and arrangement of the seats are unique since it shows a great extent of skills.

Boston Symphony Orchestra has a fascinating team who works to make sure that it attends to needs of the audience and meets its goals. The organization has a good number of employees working in different departments and performs different functions. The administration that is headed by chief executive officer and managers performing assigned roles for the organization. During the visit, I was able to interact with some of the employees. The employees I interacted with were very friendly and supportive.

During the visit, I noticed some features in the organization. The hall has 16 Greek God statues. In the hall, the statues are set in specific locations to keep the sound flowing throughout the hall. I learned that the role of the statues is to ensure that sounds are not trapped. Everything within the hall is designed to make sure that a perfect sound comes to the audience. Besides, I managed to see a clarinet as part of musical instruments. The figures represent different images of clarinet, orchestra hall with podium, seats, and statues.

Figure 1; clarinet

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Figure 2; orchestra hall

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Figure 3; events

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The site visit at Boston Symphony Orchestra was important. I was able to relate to what I have been reading about the organization. The exterior of the organization is simple and elegant. It appears that much of the work done inside the hall with acoustic features designed for quality sounds. The organization has a friendly employee attributed to the ones I managed to interact with.


Audissino, E. (2013). Archival research and film music: the case of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Journal of Film Music, 6(2), 147-163.

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