New York City-based chamber ensemble iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra (“iconiQuestra” or “iTSO”) is, quite simply, a musical nerdfest. Founded in 2011 by Conductor & Artistic Director Bobbie Lee Crow III, the quirky “group of talented musicians, arrangers, and composers” (The Escapist) pays tribute to music from Japanese animated series [“anime”], cartoons, and video games with a super-special-button-smashing combo of music video medleys, “emotional performances” (ny&about), and interactive social events. It’s coupling of classical virtuosity and geek fandom has caught the ears of fans and industry professionals alike.

It’s amazing how 20 years goes by and you not know it until you see all new renditions coming out … It’s like watching it for the first time all over again …
Dustin Summers

Mission

iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, appreciating, disseminating, and promoting the performance and study of music written for animated films and programs, cartoons, Japanese anime, and video games in New York and surrounding communities. Contributions for the charitable purposes of iTSO are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

History

iTSO was first developed as a string ensemble performing non-classical music. The ensemble expanded into a chamber orchestra with a unique repertoire of musical theatre tunes, newly-arranged jazz standards, and originals by its various members. In 2013, it ensemble changed its mission, transforming into nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, performance, and analysis of music for animated universes. Initial success came with its first tribute – SERASYMPHONY: Sailor Moon Symphony – which has earned over 300,000 views on Youtube. It was soon followed by tributes to Ubisoft’s Child of Light, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cardcaptor Sakura, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the Emmy Award-winning DC Comics Animated series Batman and Superman.

On October 10, 2014, iTSO began its inaugural performing season with a sold-out live concert of SERASYMPHONY at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Over 200 Sailor “Moonies” and anime fans from around the globe attended the debut concert which starred award-winning composer and pianist Yasuhiko Fukuoka and New York Times-praised violinist Christina Bouey. The concert tribute continues to be performed throughout the United States and Canada.

iTSO frequently collaborates with industry composers and musicians including rapper Lotus Juice (Persona 3, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), composer Taku Iwasaki (Katanagatari, Soul Eater), vocalist Jennifer Cihi (Sailor Moon), and vocalist Sandy Howell (Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon).

The Board

Bobbie Lee Crow III

Artistic Director
bobbie@iconiquestra.org
  • Arranger, orchestra, composer, conductor, and cellist.
  • Played for Tony Award-winner Patina Miller, Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper, and Grammy Award-nominee David Tolley.
  • His essay on Sailor Mercury got him in to college. Eventually.
Featured in:

The Little Mermaid
Studio Ghibli

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Bobbie Lee Crow III

Bobbie Lee Crow III

Artistic Director

Erin Whelan

Director of Community Outreach
erin@iconiquestra.org
  • Rutgers Music Education and Performance major.
  • Mage of the prestigious Mad Science Arts
  • Don't make her choose between her horn or her puppy. You won't be happy.
Featured in:

Batman vs. Superman: The Animated Medley
DIGIMON Adventure

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Erin Whelan

Erin Whelan

Director of Community Outreach

Kiho Yutaka

Director of International Relations
kiho@iconiquestra.org
  • 'Hama girl from Yokohama, Japan.
  • Arranged and performed works of Latin Grammy award-winner Ivan Lins for the man himself.
  • Plays violin, piano, trumpet, tuba, AND bass guitar. Wow.
Featured in:

Child of Light
Nisemonogatari

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Kiho Yutaka

Kiho Yutaka

Director of International Relations