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.
Artistically excellent concerts featuring a broad range of repertoire are a hallmark of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (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 audience’s appreciation for music. As a leader in Connecticut’s cultural life, the Symphony works in partnership with 42 school districts and scores of community organizations.
The NHSO was formed in 1894 by local music merchant Morris Steinert, making NHSO 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. Until the 1930s, the repertoire was exclusively classical, but Harry Berman introduced programs of light classics that continue in popularity today. Berman also established Children’s Concerts in 1933.
Throughout the years, the 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 performances at 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 2009, the orchestra was featured in the film Everybody’s Fine starring Robert DeNiro.
In May 2010 the Orchestra released its first commercial CD in over thirty years on the Nimbus (London) label - a recording which features William Walton’s Symphony No.1 and Violin Concerto which has garnered international critical acclaim and has sold copies on six continents. A second recording project commenced in February 2013 and is ongoing, with a concert and recording having taken 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. Photographer Cheever Tyler profiled the NHSO musicians in his book Portrait of an Orchestra in 2010.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.
The orchestra of over 70 professionals musicians is led by Music Director William Boughton, and Concertmaster Ani Kavafian. Under Maestro Boughton’s leadership NHSO's programs have expanded both geographically and musically, sharing the NHSO’s high musical standards with audiences throughout Connecticut.
The orchestra’s 70 professional musicians are led by Music Director William Boughton and Concertmaster Ani Kavafian. Under Maestro Boughton’s leadership, programs have expanded both geographically and musically, delivering the NHSO’s high musical standards across Connecticut. Landmark accomplishments during the 2013-2014 season included: 1) The Symphony brought more music to more places with a commitment to regionalization that expanded its reach beyond New Haven. The NHSO presented concerts in two performance centers: Greater New Haven and the Naugatuck Valley (Shelton). We also performed in Fairfield County, Hartford, along the Shoreline, and in Northeastern Connecticut. New regions with strategic performance and presentation partners for the 2013-2014 season were Clinton, Essex, and Worcester, MA. The 2014-2015 season will feature three concerts in a brand new geographic region, Middletown, Connecticut. 2) The NHSO continued recording the works of Sir William Walton for our William Walton Project in collaboration with the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Our November 7, 2013 concert featured and professionally recorded Walton's Crown Imperial March and Symphony No. 2. This second William Walton record was released October 1, 2014 on the UK Nimbus label.
3) The NHSO presented a 50th birthday celebration concert for preeminent female American composer Augusta Read Thomas. Six of her orchestral and choral works were performed and recorded for the newly released "Portrait" CD on the UK Nimbus label. For this project, the NHSO won a nationally competitive grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
4) As part of our 2014-2015 season, the NHSO will bring acclaimed trombonist and composer Christopher Brubeck to Greater New Haven as part of an educational artist residency. Chris's residency will follow in the footsteps of the NHSO's 2012-2013 artist residency with Haitian-American violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, for which the NHSO won a nationally competitive award from the NEA. Throughout Spring 2015, Chris Brubeck will present engaging music education and community outreach programming to 10,000 and several thousand adults. Chris will perform several works on the NHSO Classics Series and, as the recipient of a prestigious Fromm Foundation commission award, will deliver the world premiere of a new work for young jazz quintet and orchestra as part of the residency. This residency is also being supported by national awards from New Music USA and the National Endowment for the Arts.
1) To foster creativity in youth throughout Connecticut and 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 form4) To build a larger, more committed audience base through education and community engagement programs that utilize creative partnerships
In order to support our growth and strategy, the New Haven Symphony has the following needs:
What inspires me most about the NHSO is its total commitment to bring music education to as many people as possible. Our talented musicians are passionate about music, and they cannot wait to share their passion with others.
Our initiatives reach 80,000 people in 42 towns throughout the State, from New Haven's urban center, to the Naugatuck Valley and to rural Woodstock. In recent years, our education and outreach programs have expanded to fill the gap left by cutbacks in music education programs at schools. We provide concerts by the full orchestra, workshops with young musicians being coached by orchestra professionals, coaching for chamber music groups, and progressive partnerships with other leading area institutions. Our programs connect to the classroom by including comprehensive curriculum guides, with references to State and National teaching standards. The Alexion Toolkit for Interdisciplinary Learning provides resources for exploring our unique American musical heritage and teaching artists visit dozens of classrooms to implement the program and train teachers in its use.We support avocational musicians by integrating community partners (Christ Church Choir, New Haven Chorale, Kender-Peady School of Irish Dance, and Yale Camerata) into our concert performances.Programs designed for in-school presentation embrace students from Pre-K to Grade 12. Storytelling combines with music for Creating Musical Readers at the Pre-K level while What if Mozart Played Guitar Hero and Mozart Rocks On engage students in Grades 2-8 with rock songs reinterpreted in the style of Mozart. Other workshops, masterclasses, and residencies are geared toward music students at intermediate and high schools. Our Instrument Discovery Zone allows students of all ages to touch, toot, and tickle actual instruments.Our Young Composers Project brings student composers together with seasoned professionals to hone their skills. The project, led by local composer and Yale faculty member Christopher Theofanidis, culminates with performances of student works by NHSO musicians.
Several of our programs invite the entire family to discover live music together at venues around the State. This season we will present Creating Musical Readers at the Connecticut Children’s Museum and at libraries in New Haven, Shelton, Derby and Ansonia. We will also offer School Night at the Symphony, a Showcase of Young Artists, and Young People’s Concerts to 10,000 thousand students in Milford, New Haven, New London, Seymour/Shelton, and Woodstock.We are committed to continuing music education for listeners of every age, ethnicity, and experience level.
The NHSO Classics Series has brought top-quality, professional performances of classical music to concert halls for 121 years. Traditionally, seven concerts are performed each season at Yale’s Woolsey Hall in New Haven. The 2013-2014 season, A Season of Surprises, featured works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Augusta Read Thomas, and more. These stirring concerts received repeat performances in Norwalk, Hartford, Clinton, Essex, and Worcester, MA. The 2014-2015 season will feature an expansion to nine concerts in exciting new venues: three in the Shubert Theater, one in the St. Mary's Church, and five at Woolsey Hall.
During the 2013 - 2014 season the NHSO expanded its concert series by “running out” our Classics Series concerts to towns around the State. Special events with the NHSO take place in Fairfield, Essex, Hartford, Norwalk, Clinton, Shelton, and even Worcester, MA.
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
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;
The NHSO Pops! Concerts are performed in various towns throughout the state including Shelton, Hamden, and Fairfield. 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.
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. Each season, the Holiday Pops concert is run out to the Quick Center as a Fairfield University presentation.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra Pops’ live performances of American music and light classics exceed expectations, unite communities, delight, challenge, and inspire. We change lives, for the better.
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
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.
In past years the work of the NHSO has been centered in New Haven. Our new focus on regionalization has led to a rapid expansion of programs, especially in Hamden and Shelton. In 2013-2014 each of these towns hosted three 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.
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 special 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.
A half hour before each concert children can visit our Instrument Discovery Zonewhere they can meet the musicians and touch, toot, tickle and maybe even tease a tune out of orchestral instruments. Nothing peaks curiosity like an opportunity to make a little music, and who knows, maybe there are a few budding virtuosos in our midst!
During the summer, families can take advantage of the NHSO’s Summer Concerts. On June 21, 2014, the NHSO performed on the New Haven Green as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. International jazz singing sensation and Grammy-winner Dianne Reeves joined us as a special guest artist.
During the holiday season, the NHSO featured Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicholas and A Ceremony of Carols. The NHSO partnered with Trinity Church to present the concert on the Green immediately following the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of family concerts and outdoor program exceed expectations, unite communities, delight, challenge, and inspire. We change lives, for the better.
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;
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.
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. For free events, audience inquiries are tracked and a crowd count taken at each performance. 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 past years the work of the NHSO has been centered in New Haven. Our new focus on regionalization has led to a rapid expansion of programs, especially in Shelton. In 2013-2014 Shelton hosted three Family Concerts. NHSO education programs will supplement this performance schedule in the high schools and middle schools. This expansion provides increased performances opportunities for our musicians and provides more professional music concerts in more towns in Connecticut.
Education and Community Engagement Initiatives reach 30,000 students in 42 Connecticut towns. Responding to cutbacks at many schools, the NHSO education program has been expanded to include full orchestra concerts, workshops being coached by professional musicians, and progressive partnerships with other arts institutions.
In-school programs including Creating Musical Readers and Peter & The Wolf bring musicians from the NHSO to area schools for workshops and assembly performances.
Adult education includes Preludes, NHSO Lecture Series, and program notes. Preludes are informative talks in which a scholar with expertise on the music to be performed presents a brief lecture and takes questions from audience members. The NHSO Lecture Series is presented in various community venues throughout the state, and consists of NHSO Music Director William Boughton speaking on the exciting work of the NHSO. Program notes are available in all of the NHSO’s concert programs and contain background information about the composers and works on the program. A special Kids Program notes contains simpler program notes, an orchestral instrument map, and games.
Outreach initiatives extend to programming concerts aimed at the Hispanic-Latino community (marketed in both English and Spanish) and the African-American community. In September 2012, the NHSO worked with representatives of the African-American community to present a tribute to the late Dr. Regina Lilly-Warner. In the spring of 2013, the NHSO presented a composer residency program with Haitian-American violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, anchored at the Fair Haven and Davis Street Schools.
Prior to each Woolsey Hall performance, a Showcase of Young Musicians is presented in the lobby. Student ensembles from local schools are invited to perform as the audience gathers for the evening. The participants represent the varied demographics that are found in the public schools.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
The NHSO’s 2013-14 special events included: Symphony Biergarten (a gala event celebrating the 120th anniversary of the NHSO's founding by Morris Steinert),Jerry’s Cabaret for Veterans (celebrating the Memorial Day and honoring American veterans with Jerry Steichen), and a holiday brass program at Christ Church (a benefit concert for the Community Soup Kitchen).
The NHSO has given numerous radio broadcasts and, in 2009, the orchestra was featured in the film Everybody’s Fine starring Robert DeNiro. A disc of William Walton’s music was released in the summer of 2010 to outstanding international acclaim. Plans are in place for another Walton recording to be released during the 2014-15 season. A project recording the music of Augusta Read Thomas commenced in 2014. Photographer Cheever Tyler profiled the NHSO members in his book Portrait of an Orchestra.
The NHSO gives back to the New Haven community by assisting area not-for-profits in presenting simple and affordable fundraisers. In December 2013 the NHSO partnered with Christ Church to present a benefit concert for the Community Soup Kitchen. This was the third season in which the NHSO hepled 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.
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;
3. Social networks and other media that enhance accessibility to classical music and its interpretation.
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.
The success of the NHSO's William Walton disc can be felt internationally, as evidenced by this quote from From The Sunday Telegraph: Published August 1, 2010 by Michael Kennedy "If William Walton’s music has rather gone out of fashion since his centenary in 2002, performances like this make one wonder why. The Violin Concerto is surely one of the 20th century’s finest romantic concertos, and is marvellously well played here by the American violinist Kurt Nikkanen with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra under its music director William Boughton. The orchestra has access, via Yale, to a very large number of Walton’s original scores and these will be used in future recordings of his works. If they are all as good as this savage performance of the First Symphony, fashion will doubtless swing back his way."
A recording of additional works by William Walton is planned for release in the 2014-15 season. The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a grant in support of a project recording the work of Augusta Read Thomas.
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. William Boughton (Music Director, New Haven Symphony Orchestra), comes to his position (appointed July, 2007) after more than 25 years leading the English Symphony Orchestra. 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 to include music ranging from baroque and classical works to contemporary music. In his last season there, 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 sixty 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 also as Artistic and Music Director of the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia in Finland, and during his tenure there, 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 takes 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, and Augusta Read Thomas. He is currently spearheading a consortium commission for a new work by Yale’s Christopher Theofanidis. 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.
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. This past spring she served as the volunteer produce of an all-Stamford fundraising concert for Haitian Earthquake Relief that united constituencies from throughout the City. 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.)
Elaine C. Carroll has worked in not-for-profit management for 18 years. She brings to her new role as Development 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. This past spring she served as the volunteer produce of an all-Stamford fundraising concert for Haitian Earthquake Relief that united constituencies from throughout the City.
For the past seven years Elaine has 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 events 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 coming to 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.
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 special holiday programming.
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. We are actively seeking a Director with human resources expertise.
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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.
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