BONJ offers many services which can be tailored to your needs and desires from hiring the full orchestra of 30-40 musicians, a smaller orchestra of 12-20 musicians, or a chamber ensemble of 2-5 musicians - playing the music of Bach, Mozart, Handel, Verdi, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Puccini as well as selections from Broadway and the Beatles.
Maestro Butts, one of New Jersey's leading speakers on music, can bring his popular talks to your group or community. He is an adjunct professor at The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and The Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He has lectured for The New Jeresy Council for the Humanities, The New Jersey Symphony, New Jersey State Opera, Brandeis University Women, The JCC, and The National Park Service. Audiences have enjoyed his talks on opera and Broadway, Mozart,Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven, film composers and his recently developed series on music of every decade of the 20th century. Talks are accompanied by audio and video excerpts.
For information on how you can enjoy these unforgettable musical experiences at your place, please email us by clicking on Contact above. We look forward to bringing our music to you.
BONJ has brought exciting and unforgettable programs to Heath Village in Hackettstown, Winchester Gardens in Maplewood, Franciscan Oaks in Denville, Cedar Crest in Pomptom Plains, Overlook Hospital in Summit, Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJIT in Newark, Centenary College in Hackettstown, MACA Holiday Festival in Madison, Summit Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Morristown National Historical Park, Ramsaysburg Homestead, and at private homes for parties, salons and receptions.
Maestro Butts has been named American Prize Honored Artist of 2015 and The 2011 Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award. He was named Arts Professional of the Year in 2004 by The Arts Council of the Morris Area (now Morris Arts). He and the orchestra have been multiple finalists and winners of The American Prize. In 2014, he was awaded a Masterwork Foundation Fellowship. His conducting and composing have been recognized in Italy, Romania, England, Poland, China and Korea. His operas have been performed at The National Opera Center in New York. His media work has included interviews with Jesse Frees on Ask the Expert and with Jill Horner as a 2015 Comcast Newsmaker as well as a guest commentator on shows in Cremona and Castlefranco in Italy and in London, England. He and the orchestra were featured in the November 2015 Issue of New Jersey Monthly. With musicians of BONJ, Maestro Butts performed three recitals featuring his compositions in Venice and Padua, Italy. He is the composer of songs for Vincenzo Faggiano's theater work La Serva di Padova. The orchestra was featured in a August 2020 cover story in Madison Living Magazine. We were also featured in a story on "On The Scene with John Bathke - News 12 New Jersey" .
In the December 2018 issue of New Jersey Monthly, the orchestra was named one of the "Forty Reasons to Love New Jersey."
Maestro Robert W. Butts lectures throughout New Jersey on a wide range of music topics. He has taught and lectured for The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, Montclair State University, St Elizabeth University, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, The American Musicological Society, New Jersey State Opera, Morristown National Historical Park, NJPAC, The New Jersey Symphony, and many adult education programs. He welcomes the opportunity to share his experience and study of music from the Baroque to the Modern periods and from orchestra to opera.
If you are interested in Group Sales or onsite programs, please contact us via email, or call 973-538-7562.