New Haven Symphony Orchestra
105 Court Street, Suite 302
The James English Building
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 105 Court Street, Suite 302
The James English Building
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 865-0831 x12
Fax 203-865-0845
E-mail ECarroll@NewHavenSymphony.org
Web and Social Media
The New Haven Symphony conducted by William Boughton onstage at Woolsey Hall
Music Director William Boughton
Instrument Petting Zoo at a Family Concert
Mission

Our Mission is to increase the impact and value of orchestral music for our audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. Our musicians inspire, delight, challenge, and unite larger and more diverse communities.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1894
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elaine C. Carroll
Board Chair Mr. Robert Santy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $2,067,682.00
Projected Expenses $2,077,852.00
Statements
Mission

Our Mission is to increase the impact and value of orchestral music for our audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. Our musicians inspire, delight, challenge, and unite larger and more diverse communities.

Background

Artistically excellent concerts featuring a broad range of repertoire are a hallmark of the NHSO. We serve communities throughout the state of Connecticut- from New Canaan to Pomfret and from New Milford to Stonington as well as urban communities in Hartford, New Haven and New London. Our education programs, whether for children or adults, enhance the listening experience and deepen audiences appreciation for music. As a leader in Connecticut’s cultural life, the NHSO works in partnership with 42 school districts and various community organizations.

Formed in 1894 by local music merchant Morris Steinert, NHSO is the fourth-oldest, continuously operating symphony orchestra in America. Horatio William Parker, newly arrived at Yale, was recruited to conduct, and he gradually transformed this local band into an accomplished symphony. The repertoire was exclusively classical until the 1930s, but Harry Berman introduced programs of light classics that continue in popularity today. He also established Children’s Concerts in 1933.

Over the years, NHSO has continued these traditions of performance and education in New Haven. It has performed most of that time in Yale's historic Woolsey Hall and has also toured throughout Connecticut and beyond (including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall). NHSO has given numerous radio broadcasts and made the world-premiere recording of the complete five-movement version of Mahler's first symphony. 

In May 2010, the Orchestra released its first commercial CD in over thirty years featuring William Walton’s Symphony No.1 and Violin Concerto. It has garnered international critical acclaim and has sold copies on six continents. A second recording project commenced in February 2013 with a concert and recording that took place on November 7, 2014.  A recording celebrating the 50th birthday of August Read Thomas took place on February 28, 2014, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The world premiere performance of her Hemke Concerto: Prisms of Light was featured alongside other orchestral works and performances by the Elm City Girls' Choir. 

The 2013 education residency by Daniel Bernard Roumain has attracted national recognition with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. A subsequent education residency with Chris Brubeck will take place throughout the 2014-2015 concert season, with similar national support. The NHSO won ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming in both 2011 and 2014. 
Impact

Accomplishments during the 2014-15 season thus far include: 

1) NSHO continues to expand its reach beyond New Haven. We presented concerts in two performance centers: Greater New Haven & the Naugatuck Valley (Shelton) & have also performed in Fairfield County, Hartford, Norwalk, northeastern Connecticut, Madison, Clinton, & Hamden. We have featured three concerts in a new geographic region, Middletown, CT. 

2) NHSO continued recording the works of Sir William Walton in collaboration with the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The 2nd record featured our concert of Crown Imperial MarchSymphony No. 2 was released October 1, 2014. It recently received a rave review from Gramophone, a magazine published in London. 

3) NHSO is hosting acclaimed trombonist & composer Chris Brubeck as part of an educational artist residency. The residency follows our 2012-13 artist residency with Haitian-American violinist & composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. This spring, Chris will present engaging music education & community outreach programming to 10,000 students & several thousand adults. He will perform several works on the Classics Series. As the recipient of a Fromm Foundation commission award, he delivered the world premiere of a new work for young jazz quintet & orchestra. The residency is supported by national awards from New Music USA & the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our goals focus on reaching more listeners throughout Connecticut & providing excellent music education opportunities:

1) To foster creativity Connecticut youth & encourage their participation in and appreciation of the arts

2) To provide access to music education for children in under-served communities

3) To present programming at the highest levels of performance to best showcase the art form

4) To build a larger, more committed audience base through education & community engagement programs that use creative partnerships

5) To employ technology to communicate with our constituencies more effectively
Needs

In order to support our growth and strategy, the New Haven Symphony has the following needs:

1)  In an effort to increase earned income, NHSO is actively seeking strategic partners to present repeat performances of concerts that have been programmed and rehearsed for its core series. For instance, the 2014-2015 Classics Series concerts were ”run-out” to Clinton, Hartford, Middletown, and Norwalk. Additional partners are being sought to help bring more music to more communities in the 2015-16 season.

2) Bringing our professional orchestra to perform in Fairfield, Guilford, Hamden, Hartford, New London, Norwalk, Madison, Shelton and beyond makes it necessary to meet corporations and foundations in these areas who will financially support our programs. 

3) The NHSO is looking for qualified board members to represent our growing geographical area. We are actively seeking representatives of regional companies, diversity candidates, and experts in human resources and marketing.

4) We are seeking community partners in Fairfield, New Haven, and New London counties to help introduce us to varied constituencies who would benefit from top-quality performances of classical music.

5) Our education program is eager to expand its network of public and private school partners. 
CEO Statement
The NHSO is in a unique position to serve southern Connecticut through top quality performances of classical music and innovative education programs. The orchestra is comprised of 70 professional musicians who trained at top conservatories and serve as professors at institutions in the Northeast. 
 
We are eagerly seeking partners to help expand opportunities for symphonic performances and music education throughout Connecticut.

Our programs celebrate our classical music heritage, enriched through new American compositions. In the past year, NHSO received prestigious awards from the Fromm Foundation, New Music USA, and the National Endowment for the Arts to fund an educational artist residency, incorporating newly commissioned works and community outreach with Chris Brubeck. The residency follows the tradition of working in partnership with American composers Augusta Read Thomas, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Christopher Theofanidis. The tradition will continue when the NHSO hosts its newest composer in residence, Yale School of Music faculty member, Hannah Lash.

NHSO’s education programs reach 30,000 children in 42 Connecticut towns. A comprehensive curriculum guide offers activities and lesson plans that bring music into the classroom, and the "Alexion Toolkit for Interdisciplinary Learning" provides resources that explore our unique American cultural identity. This season, our flagship program, Young People’s Concerts, will feature artist in residence Chris Brubeck and will engage 10,000 students.

To better reflect the rich diversity of the southern Connecticut community, our Music Director seeks performers and works by composers well-versed in Asian, African and Latin traditions, placing them alongside masterpieces of the classical repertoire and gems of the American symphonic literature.

The NHSO is continues to explore new ways to use social networks and new media to enhance accessibility to classical music. Our music can be heard through radio broadcasts and podcasts. In the past four years, the NHSO has released three professional recordings. The first in 2011, featuring William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto, garnered international critical acclaim and has sold copies on six continents. A second  project recording the music of August Read Thomas began in February 2014 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and was released in the United States in October 2014. A second installment of the music of William Walton, featuring his Symphony No. 2 and Viola Concerto, was also released in October 2014. 
Board Chair Statement

This year has presented both successes and challenges for the NHSO. We've continued to foster our strong partnerships across the state and have worked diligently to build new relationships in new areas of Connecticut to further grow our presence. In addition to identifying new startegic partnerships, we also are working to identify new funding opportunities, including individual donors, foundations, and sponsors.

Each year, our programs reach 80,000 people in 42 towns throughout Connecticut, from New Haven's urban center to the Naugatuck Valley and to rural Woodstock. During the 2014-2015 season, the NHSO has expanded its concert programming by adding more concerts and venues and has continued to expand education and outreach programs to fill the gaps left by cuts in music education programs at schools. We continue to focus on our regionalization strategy by "running out" our concerts to communities throughout Connecticut. 

With a strategic focus on music education, our Board works hard to support programs designed for in-school presentation. This includes the NHSO's strong history of artist residents, most recently with acclaimed composer Chris Brubeck. These workshops, masterclasses, and residencies are geared toward music students and teachers at intermediate and high schools. 

The NHSO boasts its Young Composers Project, one of three in the United States, which brings student composers together with seasoned professionals to hone their skills. The project has most recently been led by local composer and Yale faculty member Christopher Theofanidis and will be led next season by another local composer and Yale faculty member, Hannah Lash. The experience culminates with recorded performances of student works by NHSO musicians.

We're proud to offer several programs that welcome the entire family to discover live music together at venues around Connecticut. This season, we have presented the Family Concert Series in New Haven and Shelton and Creating Musical Readers in communities throughout the Greater New Haven area. We also offer School Night at the Symphony, Showcases of Young Artists at our concerts, and Young People’s Concerts for 10,000 thousand students in Milford, New Haven, New London, Seymour/Shelton, and Woodstock.

Our 2014-2015 season has truly been one of traditional and innovation, and we look forward to our 2015-2016 season with great anticipation. Our board members remain steadfast in our commitment to providing excellent programming for the community and continuing music education for listeners of every age, ethnicity, and experience level.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Symphony Orchestras
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Other
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
Other
We serve communities throughout the state of Connecticut, from Norwalk to Pomfret, and from New Milford to Stonington, as well as urban communities in New Haven and Hartford. Our principal concert series is performed in Hamden, Hartford, New Haven, Shelton, and Middletown. Education programs take place in 42 towns, and radio broadcasts and recordings have a national and international impact.
 
Other geographic areas served include: Woodstock, Hartford, and New London.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is a regional organization that provides services throughout the State of Connecticut.
Programs
Description

The NHSO Classics Series has brought top-quality, professional performances of classical music to concert halls for 121 years. This season, we have expanded to nine concerts: three in the Shubert Theater, one in the St. Mary's Church, and five at Yale’s Woolsey Hall in New Haven. The 2014-2015 season, A Season of Tradition and Innovation, featured works by Beethoven, Copland, Puccini, Chistopher Theofanidis, Mozart, Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, and more. These stirring concerts received repeat performances in Norwalk, Hartford, Clinton, Fairfield, Madison, and Middletown. 

Each Classics Series concert is programmed and conducted by Music Director William Boughton. Each New Haven performance is preceded by a free, informative lecture to deepen the listener’s concert experience.

 

Population Served General/Unspecified / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

During the 2014 - 2015 season, the NHSO continued to expand its concert series by “running out” our Classics Series concerts to towns around the state. Special events with the NHSO take place in Norwalk, Hartford, Clinton, Fairfield, Madison, and Middletown. Middletown is a new partnership with the NHSO. 

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Our Mission is to increase the impact and value of orchestral music for our audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. Our musicians inspire, delight, challenge, and unite larger and more diverse communities.

The long-term goal of the NHSO Classics Series is to provide opportunities for audiences throughout Connecticut to celebrate our classical music heritage, enriched through new American compositions, by expanding opportunities for symphonic performances and music education. 

We will pursue this goal through:

1. Live concert performances by the professional symphony and guest artists;

2. Promotion of new works by American composers-in-residence and composers well-versed in Asian, African and Latin traditions, including performances of their works;

3. Social networks and other media that enhance accessibility to classical music and its interpretation.

 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The success of the program is measured both quantitatively and subjectively.  The NHSO box office tracks our success in reaching listeners through tickets sales software and analysis of audience behavior. Audience surveys are used to assess listener satisfaction and solicit input for future improvements. Members of the audience submit unsolicited feedback on how the Orchestra has affected them.  Members of the Board of Directors are identified to the audience with name tags, and they solicit informal feedback from our patrons.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
In the past, the work of the NHSO has been centered in New Haven. Our focus on regionalization has led to a rapid expansion of programs, most recently in Middletown. During the 2014-2015, Middletown hosted two concerts in the Classics Series. This expansion provided increased performance opportunities for our musicians and provides more professional music concerts in more towns in Connecticut.
Description

The NHSO Pops! Concerts are performed in Shelton and Hamden. The Pops! are dramatic and fun concerts featuring light classics, Broadway musicals, holiday favorites and more. The afternoon performance offerings are of special interest to senior citizens and to parents who attend the performances with their children.

This season, the NHSO welcomed Chelsea Tipton as the brand new Principal Pops Conductor. Programs featured Broadway hits such as tunes from My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music, holiday favorites, and big band classics including Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Macini's Moon River

 

Population Served General/Unspecified / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

The NHSO Pops series has expanded in recent years to include three performances in Hamden. This is in addition to the Orchestra's long-held tradition of performing these concerts in Shelton.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The NHSO's live pops performances of American music and light classics exceed expectations, unite communities, delight, challenge, and inspire. 

The long term goal of the NHSO is to celebrate our Pops music heritage, enriched through American compositions, by expanding opportunities for symphonic performances and music education. We will celebrate this Vision through:

1. Live performances centered on pops music, supplemented by chamber and ensemble performances by orchestra members and guest artists;

2. Performances for children and families that introduce the Pops music heritage and the major forms of its presentation; and

3. Social networks and other media that enhance accessibility to Pops music and its interpretation.

 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

 The success of the program is measured both quantitatively and subjectively. The NHSO box office tracks our success in reaching listeners through tickets sales software and analysis of audience behavior. Audience surveys are utilized to assess listener satisfaction and to solicit input for future improvements. The response of professional reviewers is collected from the local media. Members of the audience submit (unsolicited) feedback on how the Orchestra has affected them.  Members of the Board of Directors are identified to the audience with name tags and they solicit informal feedback from our patrons.


 

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

 In past years the work of the NHSO has been centered in New Haven.  Our focus on regionalization has led to a rapid expansion of programs, especially in Hamden and Shelton. In 2014-2015, both towns hosted four Pops! performances. NHSO education programs supplement this performance schedule in the high schools and middle schools. This expansion provides increased performances opportunities for our musicians and provides more professional Pops concerts in more towns in Connecticut.


 

Description

The NHSO Family Concert Series offers children and their families a lively introduction to the orchestra and its music through child-friendly performances of familiar repertoire. Musicians from the orchestra and guest performers bring music to life for young audiences in one-hour programs that include narration and visuals along with the music. A special focus on literacy has led to a partnership with New Haven Reads.  A popular children’s book is integrated into each Family Series program.  

With themes updated each season, this season has taken the Symphony to the zoo through the musical stories of Carnival of the Animals, Greta's Dream, and Babar the Little Elephant. Before the concert, children can visit our Instrument Discovery Zone where they can meet the musicians and play orchestral instruments. Assisted by NHSO staff and musicians, children engage with instruments through hands-on exploration. 



 

Population Served General/Unspecified / Families / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The NHSO is working with community partners to expand the reach of its family concerts. In 2014-2015, we presented all three Family Concerts at Shelton Intermediate School and Davis Street Arts & Academics School (New Haven).  
 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

 The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of family concerts exceed expectations, unite communities, delight, challenge, and inspire.

The long-term goal of the NHSO's family programs is to celebrate our classical music heritage, enriched through new American compositions, by expanding opportunities for symphonic performances and music education. We will celebrate this Vision through:

1. Live performances centered on symphony and pops concerts, supplemented by chamber and ensemble performances by orchestra members and guest artists;

2. Promotion of new works by American composers-in-residence and composers well-versed in Asian, African and Latin traditions, including performances of their works;

3. Support of youth and community orchestras and classical music education;

4. Performances for children and families that introduce the classical music heritage and the major forms of its presentation; and

5. Social networks and other media that enhance accessibility to classical music and its interpretation.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Audience surveys are collected after each concert and also at the end of the season. The NHSO is able to monitor results and attendance throughout the season and then analyze all of the information once the series closes. The NHSO can then begin making any necessary changes to the series during the planning phase for the next season's series. Because of the Family Concert Series' seasonal and evolving nature, the NHSO is able to glean insights from the past season, implement changes into the following season series, and test new ideas quite quickly. This allows the season to grow and develop to fit the needs of the communities, schools, and families. 

In addition to the objectives listed previously, monitoring attendance information is also key to the success of the program, any (potential) expansions, and the anticipated timetable for achieving results.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

 In past years the work of the NHSO has been centered in New Haven.  Our focus on regionalization has led to an expansion of programs, especially in Shelton.  

The NHSO Family Concert Series has been successful in introducing hundreds of children to classical music through hands-on exploration of orchestral instruments and interactive programming featuring storytelling and a variety of musical selections.
 
The Series has promoted literacy skills through music and storytelling. In addition, partnerships and additional funding have made it possible to distribute free books at our New Haven Family Concerts. This season, the Family Concert Series has been free-of-charge for all attendees.

The NHSO has successfully increased the attendance of these concerts each season.

 
Description

Education and Community Engagement Initiatives reach 30,000 students in 42 Connecticut towns. The programs includes orchestra concerts, workshops with professional musicians, and partnerships with arts institutions.

Outreach extends to programs celebrating our diverse community. In 2013, NHSO presented a composer residency with Haitian-American violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, anchored at the Fair Haven and Davis Street Schools. This year, NHSO hosts an artist residency with jazz composer and trombonist Chris Brubeck. 

Prior to each performance, a Showcase of Young Musicians is held. Student ensembles from local schools are invited to perform.

Adult education includes Preludes, Lecture Series, and program notes. Preludes are pre-concert lectures by a scholar. The Lecture Series is presented in communities throughout the state with Music Director Boughton. Program notes, containing information about composers and music, are available at concerts. Kids Program notes are also available. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

The Young People’s Concerts are the heart of the NHSO’s Comprehensive Music Education Initiative. Over 10,000 children heard the 2014 performances of The Remarkable Farkle & The Wolf in Milford, New Haven, New London, Seymour and Woodstock. The number of children attending increased due in part to special funding that underwrote the participation of new schools, including Amistad Academy, and additional performance in New London. 

 
We're also excited about the response we are receiving for our 2015 YPCs Red, White & Brubeck with artist in residence Chris Brubeck. The concerts will feature American music from classical to jazz,
 

 

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

 The long term goal of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is to celebrate our classical music heritage, enriched through new American compositions, by expanding opportunities for symphonic performances and music education. We will celebrate this Vision through:

1. Live performances centered on symphony and pops concerts and supported by education activities;

2. Promotion of new works by American composers-in-residence and composers well-versed in Asian, African and Latin traditions, including performances of their works;

3. Support of youth and community orchestras and classical music education;

4. Performances for children and families that introduce the classical music heritage and the major forms of its presentation; and

5. Social networks and other media that enhance accessibility to classical music and its interpretation.

 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

 The success of the program is measured both quantitatively and subjectively.  The NHSO education directors tracks the number of students participating each year and analyzes audience behavior.  Surveys of both teachers and students are utilized to assess listener satisfaction and to solicit input for future improvements.  Students write essays about their NHSO experience and send letters to our Music Director William Boughton.

 

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

The NHSO Comprehensive Education Program has seen dramatic success in reaching young audiences throughout Connecticut.  We present programs in 7 of 8 counties in Connecticut.  As the NHSO expands its concert offerings around the state, our education programs are expanded to supplement the performance schedule.  This extensive activity provides increased performances opportunities for our musicians and provides access to professional teaching artists to more towns in Connecticut.


 

Description

Partnerships with local community service organizations remain an integral part of the NHSO’s community engagement effort. Recent community partners include: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Co-op High School, Connecticut Children’s Museum, Connecticut Food Bank, Davis Street Inter-District Magnet School, Educational Center for the Arts, Evergreen Woods, Hamden Public Schools, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Public Schools, Shelton Public Schools, Tower One/Tower East, Veterans Administration, and Whitney Center.

Special concerts of note during the 2014-15 season included: a summer concert on the New Haven green in partnership with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and a benefit concert of Handel's Messiah for the Community Soup Kitchen.

NHSO broadcasts and records its concerts. The second William Walton disc was released in 2014 to international acclaim. A project recording the music of Augusta Read Thomas was also released in 2014.

Population Served US& International / General/Unspecified / K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

 The NHSO gives back to the New Haven community by assisting area not-for-profits in presenting simple and affordable fundraisers.  In December 2014, the NHSO partnered with Christ Church to present a benefit concert for the Community Soup Kitchen.  This was the fourth season in which the NHSO helped to raise funds for this vital community resource.  A reception was held before the concert that was attended be members of both the Symphony and the Soup Kitchen’s Board of Directors. 


Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The Vision of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is to celebrate our classical music heritage, enriched through new American compositions, by expanding opportunities for symphonic performances and music education. We will celebrate this Vision through:

1. Collaborations that result in live performances of symphony and pops music enhanced by other art forms or experiences outside of the concert hall;

2. Promotion of new works by American composers-in-residence and composers well-versed in Asian, African and Latin traditions, including performances of their works;

3. Social networks and other media that enhance accessibility to classical music and its interpretation. 


 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The success of each program is measured both quantitatively and subjectively.  The NHSO box office or Education department tracks our success in reaching listeners through tickets sales software, crowd counting and analysis of audience behavior.  Audience surveys are utilized to assess listener satisfaction and to solicit input for future improvements.  The response of professional reviewers is collected from the local media.  Members of the audience submit (unsolicited) feedback on how the Orchestra has affected them.   Members of the Board of Directors are identified to the audience with name tags and they solicit informal feedback from our patrons.  In education environments, the students write essays about their NHSO experience and encouraged to write letters to Music Director William Boughton.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

The success of the NHSO's second William Walton disc can be felt internationally, as evidenced by this quote from Gramophone Magazine in London.

Published March, 2015 by Edward Greenfield

"This latest Nimbus disc of Walton is a companion for the outstanding earlier issue of the First Symphony and Violin Concerto from the same forces (10/10). It came as rather a surprise to me in that earlier disc that an orchestra I had hardly heard of should play Walton’s difficult scores with such finesse and warmth, a lesson for some of our British orchestras and a fine tribute to American standards.

The Second Symphony is a wonderfully crafted work in which Waltonian electricity is not of such a high voltage as in the First. Nonetheless, William Boughton draws from the New Haven orchestra a comparably magnetic performance. The jazzy syncopations so typical of Walton need to have a degree of freedom, which is just what an English conductor and an American orchestra achieve."

 

Program Comments
CEO Comments

As the New Haven Symphony Orchestra expands to provide performances regionally, we are seeking community partnerships and funders in Fairfield, Hartford, New London, and New Haven counties.

Overall artistic direction is provided by Music Director William Boughton. He joined us in 2007 after leading the English Symphony Orchestra for more than 25 years. Mr. Boughton brings with him a reputation as one of the foremost English conductors of his generation. In 1980, he founded the English Symphony Orchestra, and as its Artistic and Music Director and Principal Conductor, he developed the orchestra’s repertoire with music ranging from baroque and classical works to contemporary music. To celebrate its silver anniversary, Mr. Boughton led the ESO in a season-long cycle of the nine Beethoven Symphonies. He has made more than 60 highly regarded recordings, most for Nimbus Records, several of which have reached the top ten in the U.S. charts. Mr. Boughton has guest-conducted the world’s leading orchestras from San Francisco to Helsinki and has worked with leading soloists on the international circuit, including such artists as Nigel Kennedy, Emmanuel Ax, and Radu Lupu.

From 1986—93, he served as Artistic and Music Director of the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia in Finland. During his tenure, audiences grew by over 60 percent. He led the orchestra on tour to Estonia and Sweden and recorded music by Sibelius. Mr. Boughton has been instrumental in founding and directing the Malvern Festival held in the autumn in Worcestershire as well as the Wyastone Summer Series, which has become one of the U.K.’s most significant annual music events, broadcast in part by the BBC. In 2004, he launched the first Elgar Festival in Malvern, whose sold-out performances were received with enormous enthusiasm. His first Stateside Elgar-Festival took place at Yale University in April/May, 2013.

As a champion of contemporary British music, Mr. Boughton commissioned works from composers including Peter Sculthorpe, John Joubert, and Anthony Powers. In his tenure with the NHSO, he has presented world premieres by Jin Hi Kim, David Stock, Augusta Read Thomas, Christopher Theofanidis, and Chris Brubeck. He is currently spearheading a commission for a new work by Yale’s Hannah Lash. Maestro Boughton was chosen to conduct commemorative celebrations of composers Sir Michael Tippett and Nicholas Maw. His close friendship with the late Yehudi Menuhin led to his leading the ESO at Menuhin’s Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey. In 1993, Mr. Boughton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Elaine C. Carroll
Term Start Dec 2011
Email ecarroll@newhavensymphony.org
Experience

The NHSO Board of Directors named Elaine C. Carroll Executive Director effective December 1, 2011. Ms. Carroll has nearly 20 years of management experience and a proven track record of increasing revenues and balancing budgets. She has secured grants from many major foundations and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Education. She was previously the General Manager of the Stamford Symphony and Executive Director of the Westchester Philharmonic. (Her complete bio is listed among our senior staff.)  

The Board appointed Ms. Carroll to this position based upon her proven track record as Development Director at the NHSO, where she spearheaded the Bold New Vision campaign raising $600,000. Under her leadership, the NHSO posted a substantial surplus for the 2011-2012 season. These earnings were earmarked to rebuild the NHSO’s strategic cash reserve, which grew by $200,000 during the first 15 months of her tenure.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 153
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate 67%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 22
Caucasian 122
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 4 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 59
Female 104
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Natalie Forbes Sept 2005 - May 2011
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography

Elaine C. Carroll has worked in not-for-profit management for 20 years. She brings to her role as Executive Director a proven track record of increasing revenues. She has secured grants from many major foundations and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Previously, Elaine served as the General Manager of the Stamford Symphony. Some of her successful fundraising projects include a Fairfield County Community Fund sponsored effort to upgrade technology and increase efficiency at the Symphony. She worked with the local congressman’s office to develop an education proposal that culminated in a $95,000 stimulus grant this past season. Elaine was a researcher and reporter for the statewide Values Study and she implemented one of five follow-up Innovation Grant programs statewide. In addition, her innovative marketing plan increased the Symphony’s public presence without increasing marketing expenses. In order to make strides in improving the Symphony’s use of new media to recruit a diverse audience, Elaine recruited information and innovation officers from local Fortune 500 companies to the Marketing Committee of the Board of Directors.

Elaine was previously the Executive Director of the Westchester Philharmonic where her fundraising led to a decrease in the annual deficit by 96% in her first season. She launched a successful opening night gala and increased both fundraising event income and total government support of the Philharmonic. She implemented a major program for high-risk children funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Prior to her service in Westchester, Elaine served as Festival and Business Manager of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music. Elaine led an extensive expansion of Norfolk’s outreach and education programs and significantly increased individual giving.

Before arriving in Norfolk, Elaine served as Director of Development for Friends of the Arts, presenters of classical, jazz and popular concerts as well as arts-in-education throughout Long Island, NY. Elaine was also Administrative Director of the Riverside Symphony in New York City, an orchestra dedicated to new and unusual music and emerging American soloists.

Elaine has served as a panelist for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and the Westchester Arts Council. She is a founding member of Connecticut’s Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society. She earned her Masters of Performing Arts Administration from New York University and holds a B.A. in flute performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Title General Manager
Experience/Biography


Title Education Director
Title Development Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Albertus Magnus, New Haven
Amistad Academy, New Haven
Anna LoPresti School, Shelton
Booth Hill School, Shelton
Bradley Elementary, Derby
Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford
Coleytown Elementary, Westport
Co-op High School, New Haven
Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Connecticut Children’s Museum, New Haven 
Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven  (ECA) 
Elim Park, Cheshire
Elizabeth Shelton School, Shelton
Evergreen Woods, North Branford
Ezra Academy, Woodbridge
Fairfield Public Schools
Fairfield University, Fairfield
Fair Haven School, New Haven
First Congregational Church of Madison
Foote School, New Haven
Greens Farm School, Westport
Hamden Middle School
Jennings Elementary School, New London
Junior League of Greater New Haven
Leila Day School, New Haven
Long Hill School, Shelton
Market New Haven
Mary Tisko Elementary, Branford
Mead School, Ansonia 
Milford Public Schools
Mill Road Elementary, North Haven
Mohegan Elementary, Shelton
Nathan Hale Elementary, New London
Nature Conservancy, Middletown
Neighborhood Music School
New Haven Public Schools
PANEC (Performings Arts of NorthEastern CT)
Pendergast School, Ansonia
Pumpkin Delight Elementary, Milford
Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Regina A. Quick Center, Fairfield 
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
Seymour Public Schools
Shelton Public Schools
Shoreline/Winthrop Elementary, New London
St. Martin de Porres School, New Haven
Sunnyside Elementary School, Shelton
Tower One/Tower East, New Haven 
University of New Haven
Whitney Center, Hamden
Wintergreen School, New Haven
WMNR
WSHU
Yale Camerata
Yale Center for British Art
Yale-Connecticut Mental Health Foundation
Yale School of Music
Young Audiences
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2010
United Way of Greater New Haven2010
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Grant awardsNational Endowment of the Arts2012
Grant awardsConnecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism2011
Music Alive GrantMeet the Composer/League of American Orchestras2010
Insititutional Vision ProgramLeague of American Orchestras2010
Contemporary Music AwardASCAP2011
Educational Residency with Christopher BrubeckNew Music USA2013
World Premiere CommissionFromm Foundation2013
Adventurous Programming Award for Contemporary MusicASCAP2014
Educational Residency with Christopher BrubeckNational Endowment for the Arts2014
Augusta Read Thomas 50th Birthday Tribute ConcertAaron Copland Fund for Music2014
Comments
CEO Comments

The NHSO has taken a pro-active and flexible approach to providing quality programming in a difficult economic climate. Our stated goal is to invest in programs onstage and in schools; 80% of our budget is expended in program services. 

Our administrative structure was realigned to support this goal,  and the NHSO is one beneficiary of a landmark gift from the Estate of Richard English. Interest from this donor directed fund is already benefiting the NHSO and, when fully capitalized, the earned income from the Trust will underwrite 20% of the NHSO’s projected $2 million budget.

To maintain our historic levels of programming while balancing our budget before the English capitalized took sacrifices. The administrative budget was cut by 20%; staffing was reduced with increased responsibilities assigned to existing staff. The staff has become increasingly professional, and the NHSO is investing in their professional development.

All box office functions are in-house, allowing for superior customer service and 24 hour ticketing capacity. This change generates earned income in the form of service fees charged on a per transaction basis.

The NHSO follows a regionalization strategy that “runs out” our concerts for additional performance opportunities. This season both Woolsey Hall and Shubert Theater concerts have been repeated in Clinton, Hartford, Middletown, Norwalk, and Shelton. In addition to reaching new audiences, these performances allow us to expand our sponsorship and donor bases, and thus create additional income.

Our Pops series is performed in Shelton and Hamden, with audiences growing steadily. Focusing in these venues allows us to offer additional work to our musicians while building new audiences, attracting new sponsors, and taking advantage of significantly reduced operations costs.

In addition, we continued to develop audiences on the Shoreline, in Madison and Fairfield through performances of special holiday programming.

The NHSO has earned significant international recognition by releasing our recording projects and earning several nationally competitive awards including the ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, Fromm Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts grants. These awards shine a light on the cultural achievements of the New Haven region and celebrate the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s achievements. The financial changes implemented guarantee the NHSO’s financial stability and success for the long-term.
Board Chair
Mr. Robert Santy
Company Affiliation Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Term Feb 2014 to May 2017
Email rsanty@cerc.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. James (Jim) Alfieri People's United Bank
Mr. Burton Alter Retired
Dean Lourdes Maria Alvarez University of New Haven - College of Arts & Sciences
Mr. Gordon M. Ambach Retired
Mrs. Linda Astmann Retired
Dean Robert Blocker Yale University - School of Music
Mr. Richard P. Cella Bank of America
Mr. Bruce Ditman Marcum LLP
Mr. Patrick Dunleavey BlumShapiro
Mr. Christopher H. Getman Soundview Capital Management
Mr. Paul Hermes Covidien
Ms. Christine Jean-Louis Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Dr. John P. Kelly Hospital of St. Raphael
Dr. John P. Kelly Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus
Mr. Richard LoPresti United Illuminating
Mr. Logan Ludwig Knights of Columbus
Mr. James (Jim) T. Morley Jr.Retired, Broadcasting
Mrs. Gloria Schaffer Retired
Mr. David E. Schancupp Attorney At Law
Dr. Stephen Squinto PH.D.Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Kendrick Strauch Yale School of Management
Ms. Serena Su Yale School of Management
Dr. Charles E. Warner Retired, New Haven Public Schools
Mr. Mario Zangari Esq.Attorney, Zangari, Cohn, Cuthbertson, PC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage
Special Event Liability
Youth Board Members
Additional Boards: Youth Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Standing Committees
Executive
Audit
Finance
Nominating
Education
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Human Resources / Personnel
CEO Comments

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Nominations Committee is actively seeking new members. We are particularly eager to meet representatives from Fairfield County, the Naugatuck Valley, and diverse ethnic communities. We welcome the interest of women and those under 50 years of age. 

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start June 01 2014
Fiscal Year End May 31 2015
Projected Revenue $2,067,682.00
Projected Expenses $2,077,852.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
NHSO Annual Report 2011-122012View
2012-13 Information Packet2012View
Reviews of NHSO Programs2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,183,822$1,065,150$925,607
Government Contributions$40,583$59,868$21,602
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$40,583$59,868$21,602
Individual Contributions------
------
$512,575$451,392$499,812
Investment Income, Net of Losses$905$638--
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$38,785
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$83,657$86,232$42,705
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,497,869$1,382,542$1,079,608
Administration Expense$128,171$138,038$181,665
Fundraising Expense$171,750$116,251$144,111
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.021.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%10%15%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$807,599$743,056$720,946
Current Assets$785,429$725,147$693,072
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$235,691$194,900$234,726
Total Net Assets$571,908$548,156$486,220
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNHSO Foundation $46,770CT Office of the Arts $57,215CT Office of the Arts $43,130
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $39,331Alice F. Cochran Fund $26,966First Niagara Bank $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBeinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library $30,000National Endowment for the Arts $25,000The Helen Roberts Trust $23,357
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.333.722.95
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

The NHSO has taken a pro-active and flexible approach to providing quality programming in a difficult economic climate. Our stated goal is to invest in programs onstage and in schools; 80% of our budget is expended in program services. 

As our administrative structure was realigned to support this goal, the NHSO learned it was one beneficiary of a landmark gift from the Estate of Richard English. Interest from this donor directed fund is already benefitting the NHSO and, when fully capitalized, the earned income from the Trust will underwrite 20% of the NHSO’s projected $2 million budget.

To maintain our historic levels of programming while balancing our budget before the English capitalized took sacrifices. The administrative budget was cut by 20%; staffing was reduced with increased responsibilities assigned to existing staff. The staff has become increasingly professional and the NHSO is investing in their professional development.

All box office functions were brought in-house, allowing for superior customer service and 24 hour ticketing capacity. This change generates earned income in the form of service fees charged on a per transaction basis.

The NHSO musicians voted to support a regionalization strategy that “runs out” our fourth rehearsal for each Symphony Series concert as an additional performance opportunity. This season our Woolsey Hall concerts will be repeated in Guilford, Norwalk, Shelton, and Stamford. In addition to reaching new audiences, these performances allow us to expand our sponsorship and donor bases, and thus create additional income.

Our Pops series is performing to sold-out audiences in Shelton and Hamden audiences are growing steadily. Focusing in these venues allows us to offer additional work to our musicians while building new audiences, attracting new sponsors, and taking advantage of significantly reduced operations costs.

In addition, we continued to develop audiences on the Shoreline, in Hartford and Fairfield through performances of Handel's Messiah.

The NHSO has earned significant international recognition by releasing our Nimbus CD and earning several nationally competitive awards including the ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming, Meet the Composer and National Endowment for the Arts grants. These awards shine a light on the cultural achievements of the New Haven region and celebrate the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s achievements. The financial changes implemented in the past two season guarantee the NHSO’s financial stability and success for the long-term.

Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 105 Court Street, Suite 302
The James English Building
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 865-0831 12
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elaine C. Carroll
Board Chair Mr. Robert Santy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)

 

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