Bronx Arts Ensemble brings music and related arts to Bronx schools and neighborhoods. We contribute to the cultures of our Bronx communities through live performances and innovative arts education that stimulate creativity, imagination, and aspirations.

Our Vision

BAE Contributes to the arts and culture of the Bronx communities, uplifting them worldwide, through performances and innovative arts aducation, both in-person and online.

Hear more about how BAE is impacting the Bronx Community from Executive Director, Judith Insell.

Our Story

William J. Scribner founded the Bronx Arts Ensemble in 1972 Since then our artists have embraced dozens of Bronx neighborhoods, performing a broad spectrum of styles for diverse instruments. In 1993 BAE launched our Arts-in-Education programs, helping to fill an educational void in Bronx public schools. These programs have expanded beyond music into movement, theater and art, delivered during and after school in over 40 public schools. BAE continues to develop and integrate our core programs, impacting new audiences and building Bronx family.

  1. 1972BAE First Concert
  2. 1973First Orchestral Concert
  3. 1975First Children’s Concert
  4. 1978First Public Parks Concert
  5. 1980Young Artist Award Established. Now William J. Scribner Young Bronx Artist Competition
  6. 1993First music class taught in NYC public school
  7. 2001Master Services Agreement established with NYC Department of Education to provide in-school arts classes
  8. 2003Establishment of partnership with Lehman College Children’s Musical Theater
  9. 2014NY Community Trust award
  10. 2017Columbia Teachers College educational framework partnership


Celebrating 50 Years of Bronx Arts Ensemble

Celebrating 50 Years of Bronx Arts Ensemble

Bronx Arts Ensemble is proud to be going into its 50th year. In 1972, William J. Scribner founded the Bronx Arts Ensemble with the vision of bringing classical, orchestral, and chamber music to the Bronx. Since then, Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) has provided a variety of...

Return to Live Events: Incidental Music for Strings

Return to Live Events: Incidental Music for Strings

On Sunday, August 29th Bronx Arts Ensemble presented Incidental Music for Strings on the Van Cortlandt House Museum lawn. The BAE String Quartet performed both classical and contemporary favorites. The performance included Mozart’s masterful string quartet number 17,...

BAE at WQXR’s Classical Kids Fair

BAE at WQXR’s Classical Kids Fair

On Sunday, August 17 2021 BAE partnered with our friends WQXR at their Classical Kids Fair: Bronx Edition. This free community event in the Pelham Parkway area of the Bronx exposed the community to classical music. BAE and our friends from other Bronx music...


BAE brings live performances and arts education throughout the Bronx.

BAE teaching artists teach 14,000 arts classes in 40 Bronx public schools.

BAE presents more than 50 free and low-cost live concerts and family musical theater performances in neighborhoods from Belmont to Fordham to Westchester Square.






Jockey Hollow Foundation

The Baisley Powell Elebash Fund

Michael Tuch Foundation

The Smart Family Foundation

Bronx Arts Ensemble

80 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, NY 10463

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Thanks to Bronx Arts Ensemble, I won a full scholarship to Alvin Ailey, a full scholarship to the Ailey Summer Intensive and a full year grant at Perri Dance. I graduated high school with honors and am now fulfilling my dream of becoming a doctor and helping people.
Reynaldo M

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