Founded in 1951 as the Hamilton Symphony by Drs. Fred Baumgartner, Kurt Lande, and Joseph Bein, as well as Frances Tidings, Harry Carroll, and Al Sutphin, the Butler Philharmonic has remained dedicated to outstanding and uncommon programming. For more than 60 years, our community has thrilled to the sounds of international guest artists, the finest musical talent in the region, and renowned conductors.

The 75 member professional orchestra presents 10 to 12 concerts annually to packed houses. The Butler Philharmonic Chorus, formed in 1997, made its debut at the first Ohio Mozart Festival in 1997. In 2005, the Chorus performed under the baton of noted English composer John Rutter in Carnegie Hall, and has been invited again in 2018. BPO music director Paul J. Stanbery will lead a performance of his own Music for Mass.

“The Butler Philharmonic (and Chorale) is one of the finest regional orchestras in the Cincinnati area, not just for the quality of its performances but for the creativity of its programming. Under music director Paul John Stanbery,… the achievement of the performers was inspiring, the content of the program inspired. Led by Stanbery, the combined forces of the orchestra and massed choirs made a splendid impression, one that begs for an encore…. In short, it was a concert to shed luster on the Greater Cincinnati community (and beyond), and … to foster appreciation of the finest in American music here and now.’
—Mary Ellyn Hutton