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.

This is perfection! Want to see this live!!!! Im so sad im not in the US! Keep Doing it! Upload the tracks so we can hear it! As i said! PERFECT! FLAWLESS! THANK U!
Juan Pablo Molina Escobar

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 700,000 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.

In 2014, iTSO began its inaugural performing season with a sold-out live concert of SERASYMPHONY at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Over 200 “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).

Board of Directors

Chairperson § Artistic Director
Bobbie Lee Crow III
Vice-Chairperson § Outreach Director
Erin Whelan
Treasurer § International Relations Director
Kiho Yutaka

Organization

Approved By-Laws
2018 Form 990-EZ (Final Public Disclosure)
2017 Form 990-EZ (Final Public Disclosure)