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Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Names Linda Binder New Director

By Mandolin Cafe
December 4, 2007 - 10:20 am

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Linda Binder

Linda Binder

Milwaukee, Wisc. — Linda Binder has been named new director of the 35-piece Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, the oldest continuous active mandolin orchestra in the United States. The group's first mandolinist, she now assumes the position of Paul Ruppa, director since 1992, who will remain in the orchestra.

In 1900, eight men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin decided to incorporate their music club and selected as their name, the Bonne Amie Musical Circle. An amendment to the orchestra's By-Laws in 1982 declared that the performance branch of the Bonne Amie Musical Circle would be known as the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra.

The activities of the orchestra are related to music and specifically with two points of focus. Firstly, education for members of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and the public, and secondly as advocates for the advancement and preservation of the American mandolin orchestra tradition.

Past directors (click image for larger version):

Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Directors

Additional information:
Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

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