The New Haven Chamber Orchestra has a dual mission: to bring the wonderful realm of orchestral chamber music to the greater New Haven community and to promote and to enhance literacy through music.
The New Haven Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 by Gordon Emerson as a group of community musicians that aspired to play the masterworks in orchestral music. Since its inception, the NHCO has delighted audiences with the great works from Mozart Sonatas, the famous Beethoven Symphonies, and everything in-between.
We aspire to be true to our name and focus on bringing the wonderful genre of chamber music to the New Haven community. Our community is rich in symphonic orchestra music with such groups as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra, and the various Yale University groups. Adding to this wonderful diversity, the NHCO is a group dedicated to the unique pieces of music collectively known as chamber music.
The orchestra is an inter-generational group made up of 34 members of the community. In fact, our diverse collection of players ranges from high school students to school teachers, scientists and doctors to business people.
Our top three accomplishments from the past year:
We have created a greater inter-generational membership and more string players within the orchestra with the addition high school students to our group. We have dedicated a concert each season to invite young musicians from New Haven to perform with us as soloists and within the orchestra. We have also continued our musician in residence program where Yale School of Music Students join sections of the orchestra to help with rehearsals and performances.
Our changed membership/dues system has encouraged participants in the orchestra to donate what they would like instead of a required amount. This has resulted in higher levels of giving.
We are seeking funding in order to make chamber music free and accessible to families in the New Haven area. In addition, the program in this application is intended to increase the number of first-time and family audience members at the New Haven Chamber Orchestra concerts.
· Family Concerts/Community Collaboration We would like to continue to dedicate more of our concerts each year to a community collaboration involving youth and music. We have partnered with area musicians in the past. This often requires paying soloists/musicians.
We would also like to expand the literacy program we began four years ago, where the orchestra performs a piece that also connects with children’s literature and we give families books and/or CDs of the music after the concert. These are items the orchestra would need to purchase.
· New musical selections We would like to broaden the range of music we perform. At present we rely on music in the public domain that requires no fee. With funding, we could rent more modern and contemporary music.
· Concert programs With funding we will be able to produce programs that introduce the audience to the music being performed. The programs would be written with adult and teen audiences in mind. We would also like to begin printing programs in Spanish, as our audience members from the community are largely Latino.
Two years ago we piloted a new Musician in Residence program where four Yale School of Music graduate students helped sections of the orchestra in rehearsal and performance. Their work with the orchestra allowed for a greater level of musicianship within the group and allowed for mentorship opportunities to arise with the high school students also playing in the group.
We would like to continue this program in coming years and are looking to find ways to fund this.
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