The Garden Symphony Book


You can now take The Garden Symphony home with you! Our first Teddy Bear Series picture book, written by our own ISO violinist, Victoria Kintner Griswold, and illustrated by Sharon Vargo is now available for purchase!



The Garden Symphony

Book: $18

The ISO Teddy Bear Series has turned one of their live performances into a picture book! You can now experience the magic of this original story whenever and wherever you like!


This book has special music that you can listen and move along to as you read the story!



Meet the artists behind the garden symphony





Victoria is a violinist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and
has written programs for the ISO Teddy Bear Series since its start in
2014. She has received the Alice D. Akins award for excellence in
Music Education and is a 2017 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship
recipient. She lives in Indianapolis withher husband, her son,
and one lazy orange cat.

Jennifer Christen

Jennifer, a Buffalo, NY native is the Principal Oboist of the Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra. She has performed as Guest Principal Oboe with the Pittsburgh,
Detroit, Baltimore and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras and as Guest
English Horn with the Atlanta Symphony. Ms. Christen studied at the
Juilliard School with John Mack, Nathan Hughes and Elaine Douvas. 
Jennifer loves butterflies, ladybugs and fireflies!

Samuel Rothstein

Samuel Rothstein was appointed as the assistant principal and
bass clarinetist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra beginning
at the start of the 2015-16 season.  He received his bachelor’s degree
in music performance from Northwestern University where he studied
with J. Lawrie Bloom and Steve Cohen. His favorite bug is the bumblebee!


Sarah Boyer

Sarah grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where her mother was a violinist
in the Richmond Symphony and Sinfonia. She started Sarah and her two
sisters, Rebecca and Miriam, on violin when they were very young, but
Sarah found the cello more interesting. Sarah’s favorite bugs are fireflies,
of course! But I also love seeing a Walking Stick move, a Praying Mantis
turn to look at me, a Bumblebee on a flower, a Cicadas red eyes, a Butterfly's
beautiful wings, a Spider spinning an amazing web....... I really love all bugs!


Diane Evans

Born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio, Diane began her musical journey
with the piano at the age of three. When Diane attended the National Music
Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, to study piano and art, she also signed up
for a beginning harp class, having been fascinated by a harpist she’d seen
on television. She fell in love with the instrument and began working with
the Cleveland Orchestra's renowned harpist, Alice Chalifoux.
Diane loves ladybugs and is so happy that she gets to be the ladybug in The Garden Symphony!


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