New Haven Chamber Orchestra
373 Lexington Ave.
New Haven CT 06513-4049
Contact Information
Address 373 Lexington Ave.
New Haven, CT 06513-4049
Telephone (203) 469-5394 x
Fax 203-469-0742
Web and Social Media

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.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2009
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of volunteers. There is no paid CEO.
Board Chair Jessica Sack
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

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 of young people performing with 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.

Attendance at our family concerts has increased through our literacy-through-music initiative where families are given free children’s books that relate to the concert and by dedicating more of our concerts to community collaboration. Books are given out at all of our concerts.

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 five 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.

· Increase number of string players in the orchestra For the past few years, the orchestra has been exploring ways to recruit additional string players.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Symphony Orchestras
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Areas Served
New Haven
North Haven
West Haven
The New Haven Chamber Orchestra's primary venue is the Fair Haven School located in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven. The group has been working to develop relationships with other groups in the area and to partner closely with the schools. 
Description These concerts happen up to three times a year and include family concerts that promote literacy through music and develop an inter-generational audience. 
Population Served Families / Adults / 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.
  • Concerts will feature new music. This offers audience and orchestra members new opportunities to learn about music, history, and culture. It also increases the musicians' skills in playing.
  • Orchestra will work with Fair Haven and other New Haven students in concerts. This will offer young people more performance opportunities, encourage all to explore a range of music, and broaden New Haven's music community.
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.
  • Audience members will become life long concert-goers.
  • Orchestra members will increase their knowledge of chamber music through the weekly rehearsals throughout the year
  • Audience will sustain or increase size in coming years
  • Audience diversity of age range will increase

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
  • Increased attendance
  • Diverse age range in the audience and orchestra membership
  • Increased first time attendance at concerts
  • Increased giving by orchestra members, audience, and community
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
  •  Local press coverage. As an example, the New Haven Independent covered our March Family Concert.
  • As noted in the comments of the Independent article: I’ve attended several of the Chamber Orchestra concerts.
    I have to say that this one at the Hooker school was most entertaining and well done.
    Typically it is only the orchestra, but this time it was a special performance with the actors.
    Marian’s expressive narration through the Magic Flute, while the Marrero and Hinkle acted out and sang, filled the auditorium.
    It would be great to see more of these afternoon concerts.
    Thank you.
  • Previous years' concerts have been reviewed favorably and the family concerts have been gaining in popularity and attendance.
  • One parent described the family's experience saying: This was our first indoor concert. My children were engrossed by the performance.
  • Other audience members have commented on the fact that the concerts are for people of any age. 
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Four 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. The number of artists in residence has grown to six and they serve a vital role in the orchestra.

We would like to continue this program in coming years and are looking to find ways to fund this. 

This past year we had our first Young Artist Solo Competition where New Haven Public School students were invited to audition to perform with the orchestra. This year we will continue this and also invite area middle school students to perform with the orchestra. 
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of volunteers. There is no paid CEO.
Term Start Jan 2017
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 34
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
The New Haven Chamber Orchestra collaborates with Fair Haven School, Music Haven, New Haven Public Schools, and members of Yale's Music in Schools program.
CEO Comments
We have no CEO or Executive Director. The orchestra is run by a volunteer board consisting of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. 
Our conductor is our contracted employee. On occasion, artists in residence and soloists are also contracted employees. The members of the orchestra are also volunteers.  
Board Chair
Jessica Sack
Company Affiliation President
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2019
Board of Directors
Kathy Barrett Secretary
Natalie McClune Vice President
Mark Steinheardt Treasurer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Co-Chair
Natalie McClune
Company Affiliation Vice President
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2019
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $12,582.00
Projected Expenses $13,597.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $500 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments We are anticipating additional donations to meet predicted expenses.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 373 Lexington Ave.
New Haven, CT 065134049
Primary Phone 203 469-5394
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of volunteers. There is no paid CEO.
Board Chair Jessica Sack
Board Chair Company Affiliation President


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