Hugo Kauder Society
421 Humphrey St
New Haven CT 06511-3710
Contact Information
Address 421 Humphrey St
New Haven, CT 06511-3710
Telephone (203) 562-5200 x
Fax 203-562-5201
E-mail info@hugokauder.org
Web and Social Media
Kauder stands to the far right. Photo includes composers Anton Webern (3rd from right) and Paul Hindemith (5th from left).
Mission

The Hugo Kauder Society’s mission is to foster awareness of the music composed by Hugo Kauder (1888-1972). This includes making the scores available to the public by digitizing the manuscripts, enabling performances and recordings of the music for the benefit of the general public, working closely with archives to ensure proper conservation of documents, and to give young and emerging musicians a chance at performing premieres of Kauder music. The Society also encourages and supports musicologists in their efforts to research and write about Hugo Kauder and his contemporaries.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2003
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 Helen Kauder
Board Chair Norman Dee
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The Hugo Kauder Society’s mission is to foster awareness of the music composed by Hugo Kauder (1888-1972). This includes making the scores available to the public by digitizing the manuscripts, enabling performances and recordings of the music for the benefit of the general public, working closely with archives to ensure proper conservation of documents, and to give young and emerging musicians a chance at performing premieres of Kauder music. The Society also encourages and supports musicologists in their efforts to research and write about Hugo Kauder and his contemporaries.

Background The Hugo Kauder Society was founded shortly after the death of Hugo Kauder in 1972 by Siegmund Levarie, professor emeritus of City University of NY, Ernest McClain, professor CUNY, and Otto Kauder, Hugo Kauder’s son. Initial efforts resulted in the accumulation and cataloguing of Kauder’s musical works and letters, documenting Hugo Kauder’s life and assimilating oral histories from his extant friends and students. The Society arranged for the archiving of these items with the Music Collection at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the Austrian National Library in Vienna. Upon the passing of Otto Kauder, the governance of the Society was taken on by the current board including Hugo Kauder’s granddaughters, Helen and Nina, along with selected musicians, scholars, and former students. In 2003, the Society was established as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The Society is a very lean organization. There is one part time manager who maintains the Society’s affairs, finances, and manages project events. For programming events - usually one large event per year - the Society hires local professionals in the arts and technical fields. After over 10 years of programming, the Society has built up a considerable network of professionals, expert advisors, and volunteer. The Society is currently undergoing a Strategic Plan process which will help us efficiently lead the way of the Society into the coming years.
Impact 2015:
The Hugo Kauder Society is excited to host its 8th annual International Hugo Kauder Competition, this year for works for Viola. 8 finalists have been selected out of a pool of nearly 40 applicants to compete at the Live Round in New Haven on June 5 and 6, 2015.

2014:
The Hugo Kauder Society invited the Hugo Kauder Trio from Slovakia on a concert tour of New York, Connecticut, and Washington DC. The Trio consists of Ivan Danko (oboe), Ladislav Fanzowitz (piano), and Robert Lakatos (viola). Ivan Danko was the winner of the 2009 Hugo Kauder International Competition for Woodwinds.

This year, we will completed and started implementing the Strategic Plan.

The Hugo Kauder Society began its search for an opera company to mount a production of the Merlin opera. 

This was the first year that the Hugo Kauder Society is participating in the Great Give fundraiser. We hope to make this a regular giving option, and to attract new donors’ interest.

2013:
The Hugo Kauder Society (HKS) successfully mounted a large opera production which culminated with a performance in New Haven. Merlin, Hugo Kauder’s only opera, was staged in June at the Trinity Lutheran Church, engaging two musical directors, a stage director, six lead singers, 13 orchestra members, 17 choir members, a light and projection artist, and numerous other professionals. The performance attracted over 200 audience members to hear an almost 2 hour opera. For the opera’s funding, the HKS was able to receive grants from the State of Connecticut as well as from private foundations. We also launched a Kickstarter campaign that reached its goal.

At the end of 2013, the Hugo Kauder Society, with the help of a grant by the Community Foundation, could hire a professional consultant to assist with embarking on its first Strategic Plan. Participating in a “presentation contest” at the Yale School of Management (SOM), the HKS was able to interest a group of SOM students to work with us and the consultant to leverage the grant and resources in order to make the most out of the strategic plan.

Needs

Program: the Society is constantly in search for partner organizations to mount classical music events, including competitions and concerts. This is a perpetual quest, as each event requires different needs to be met.
Program: It is a challenge to find partner organizations with the necessary resources to mount the opera Merlin. While it is an amazing piece of music with a story lends itself to a wide audience, the libretto is in the German language. It will require a creative solution to convey the story line to the audience without taking away from the musical and visual performance on stage.
Digitization: It is part of the Society’s mission to ultimately have all of Kauder’s music digitized. This requires skill, time and funds.
Management: the Society, in conjunction with its current strategic planning process, will be searching for new and active board members who are versed in the field of music, but can also assist with management, development, fundraising, audience development, etc.
Finances: the Society needs to cover the costs of running its programming. This is a challenge year after year, with funds coming from various sources. As our programming changes every year, the funding sources must partially be reinvented each year to find the matching grants and funders.

CEO Statement

In addition to our President’s statement, I would like to add that the Hugo Kauder Society, along with preserving and promoting of the music of Hugo Kauder - part of the wealth of creativity and culture that was disenfranchised by the Nazis -, is  also relevant to today’s needs in promoting and encouraging young performers and serving our communities. 

Our competitions are slated for performers under 35 whose careers are about to launch and need the encouragement and funding that we award. But beyond the cash awards and accolades, we form bonds with our competition participants (not only the winners!) following their careers and providing other opportunities for them. This is evidenced by our sponsoring the first professional recording of the Euclid Quartet. They had won the prize in the Quartet Competition in 2004 and had been presented with an opportunity to perform in a commercial venue in NY. Subsequently, we spoke of their next steps and sponsored their debut recording. We also have leant our continued support for other participants in the forms of paid appearances, recommendations, and encouragement. This fall we are sponsoring a tour of our 2009 prize winning oboist, Ivan Danko.

Unique to our competitions is the aura of care and celebration. Our participants are cared for by local families, have their special needs attended to, and are feted with lunches, dinners, and the attitude that they are our treasured guests. No one leaves a loser. Our distinguished judges prepare detailed invaluable constructive criticisms for each participant which are typed and sent to them. Indeed, the informal discussions between the judges and participants in the dinners alone is their prize. For some, the opportunity to meet and perform for these esteemed musicians is a lifetime event.   

Our community efforts have been in supporting the youngest of musicians. We have partnered with the local music school, where the competitions are held, and presented scholarships and student sponsorships. Our events are open to the public where there is an opportunity for the schools to attract more supporters and donors. Our contracted services for recording, video, catering, etc. are from local suppliers and young entrepreneurs eager for the professional opportunities.

Board Chair Statement

The Hugo Kauder Society was created to promote the music of the Austrian composer, Hugo Kauder (1888 – 1972) whose music was disenfranchised by the Nazis and whose career was stymied by his unfashionable adherence and enhancement of tonality. I was privileged to have been a student of Kauder’s in the 1960’s and have remained devoted to ensuring the legacy of this magical, personal, and beautiful music ever since.   

We have had our challenges. Kauder’s published works were destroyed during the Second World War with only a few subsequently published during his lifetime. His manuscripts were all handwritten and did not enjoy the convenience of today’s digital technologies. His notation, with its lack of bar lines, was difficult for musicians to read and play in ensemble. His invention and use of the Double Scale (mirror images of ascending and descending major scale) required musicians to have an open mind and intelligence. Kauder’s own pedagogy was hampered by his stuttering and passion for his beliefs. All of this resulted in only a small circle of adherents and repository of published works.

As a Society, we realized that first and foremost we had to make his music accessible. Our main goals were to digitize the major works and to promote their performances. With generous donations and support from the Kauder family a good deal of the archives have been installed in renowned institutions, digitized and are now available through commercial and online media. We have held 8 international competitions employing well know judges and cycling through Kauder’s instrumentations for young musicians in which both standard and Kauder repertoire are featured. These have all resulted in a number of commercial recordings, dissertations and renewed interest in this Gem of the 20th Century.

Most recently, the Society sponsored a concert version of Kauder’s opera, Merlin. The music and libretto by his longtime friend, Rudolf Pannwitz, reflects the magic, mysticism, and fantasy of mythical times remarkably popular today. The roles of this production were filled through another competition event and resulted in an incredibly gifted and enthusiastic cast. Our next steps with Merlin are to encourage a known opera company to incorporate it in its season.

Indeed, Merlin was a big effort and was a complicated project. But it was only part of the Society’s goal of moving onto the next level of Kauder’s works to be promoted. Up to this point, we have focused on the smaller works of Kauder featuring solo sonatas, chamber music, and his songs. But, there are also larger orchestral works which include five symphonies and a Passacaglia which I had the privilege of hearing a performance of recorded by Ernest Levy with the Basel Radio Orchestra in the late 1960s. These works are beautiful and not only demonstrate Kauder’s beauty of melody but his genius in orchestration.

Moving forward, we need to digitize the scores of the symphonies and recover the recordings made of them. We need to encourage orchestras, their conductors, and boards to look into these gems and further enrich concert life filling in the gap that history has created. We are working with arts consultants to help us in determining strategies in building our Board and discovering additional resources.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Single Organization Support
Areas Served
National
International
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

The Hugo Kauder Society is located in New Haven, and here is where most events take place. In terms of audience, our programming attracts visitors from the Greater New Haven area, and as far as New York and Massachusetts. We also hold concerts and auditions in New York City. In 2014, we organized a concert tour of the Slovakian Hugo Kauder Trio that will included the New York, New Haven, and Washington DC area.
Competition submissions come from all over the United States and from abroad.

Programs
Description The Hugo Kauder Society's main activity is the annual International Hugo Kauder Competition. It takes place in the month of June in New Haven. Each year, the Competition focuses on a different instrument, as Kauder has written music for a large variety of instruments. Musicians aged 35 and under from around the country and abroad are invited to submit their recordings. A panel of five judges selects the ten best submissions to be invited to the Live Round. At the Live Round, a jury of three distinguished musicians in the field of that particular instrument hear the competitors perform and establish a ranking. The next day, the winners perform in a concert in New Haven. Winners receive cash prizes and a concert opportunity in New York City. Both the competition part as well as the concert are open to the public.
Population Served Adults / US& International /
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. Short-term successes include making new musicians and people aware of the music of Hugo Kauder. With each year and instrument, we expand the circle of followers of the Kauder Society. Another outcome is the digitization of Kauder scores, i.e, bringing manuscripts from archives to the light and into published scores available to the public.
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 goals of the Competition are multiple: first, it is in line with the Society's mission to foster awareness of the music composed by Hugo Kauder. Each year, we unearth new manuscripts for a competition featuring a new instrument. We then have the manuscripts digitized and published with a music publisher, thus making the scores available and accessible to the general public. Furthermore, by inviting musicians aged 35 and under, the Competition aims to give young musicians the opportunity to participate in the Competition and win cash prizes, receive a concert in New York, and also to often to partake in a world premiere in front of an audience. The long-term success is to build up a name for the Competition that keeps attracting talented musicians as competitors, and regarded experts as judges. We always record the competition concert, thus building up an archive or recorded Kauder music. Another long-term goal is to give along Kauder's music on the path of the musicians who have been touched by it, and to encourage them to include his music into their repertoire.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. It is always  a challenge to attract an audience to a classical music event, in particular if the composer is not Mozart or Beethoven. This said, we feel that the audience does very much appreciate "new" music and young musicians diving into unexplored music. The feedback we receive with our surveys are positive, mostly confirming that the person will come back to a next Kauder event.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We can tell that we are succeeding on our events when we receive inquiries from musicians around the world about the next competition. We also hear more and more from our "alumn" competitors how they are incorporating Kauder pieces into their repertoire. We are, of course, proud of many of our participants who have gone on to great careers in music, and list the Hugo Kauder Competition in their resume. For instance, the winner of the 2011 Competition for Voice, David Pershall, has gone on to sing at the Met Opera in New York.
Description Once every three years, we invite past winners from Kauder Competitions to perform a concert in New York City. This is part of their prize. We combine the winners of three years of competition, which makes for a varied concert featuring multiple instruments, sometimes combined for specific Kauder pieces.
Population Served Adults / US& International / Elderly and/or Disabled
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. Exposing new audiences to Kauder's music is our immediate success, as is coming from the concert with a professional recording of Kauder music.
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. This is in line with the Society's missions to bring Kauder's music out into the public, and to give young musicians the opportunity for concerts and world premieres. All concerts are professionally recorded, thus adding to the growing collection of recorded Kauder music.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Ultimately, it is the number of audience members that determine the success. While we always make a special effort to notify senior resident homes in the area, we encourage the performers and the Society's followers to spread the word.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We always attract  new audience members to our event who walk away with interest in Kauder's music.
Program Comments
CEO Comments It is the Hugo Kauder Society's strength and privilege that it can select from a pool of still unpublished, unknown, beautiful music to set up an International Competition for young musicians to premiere Kauder's music. The challenge with this is that each year the target musicians, partially also the sponsors and audiences, varies to a certain degree. While we can build up a following from all musical backgrounds and instruments, it also means reaching out to new communities each  year. By now, we have established relationships with over 100 musical institutions around the country and abroad to submit the call for submissions. We then also target specific organizations in that field, such as teachers associations. This will have to be newly researched with each competition.
CEO/Executive Director
Helen Kauder
Term Start June 2007
Email helenkauder@gmail.com
Experience It is a privilege for my sister Nina and myself to continue the work our father has started after the passing of his father, Hugo Kauder. Hugo Kauder was highly recognized among his peers in Vienna's vibrant early 20th century music scene. The historical circumstances changed the course of things, and Kauder emigrated to the US where he continued writing, teaching, and performing music. However, he did not promote himself in any way, and so his music never reached the audience it deserved during his lifetime. The Hugo Kauder Society is committed to unearth the oeuvre, step by step, and open it up to musicians and audiences worldwide. We are fortunate to be surrounded by committed, talented musicians and professionals who help us with our work, some of them on a regular basis, year after year, others are newly found friends of the Society. We are also immensely grateful for the contributions we receive from the individuals, the State, and foundations that support the Society's work.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Otto Kauder July 2003 - June 2007
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Board Chair
Norman Dee
Company Affiliation President
Term July 2003 to July 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
David Goldblatt
Helen Kauder Treasurer
Nina Kauder Secretary
Abram Kreeger
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments
All past and current board members have a close tie in one way or other to composer Hugo Kauder. The personal tie is becoming more of a challenge as family members and colleagues of Kauder are no longer with us.The current President is one of Kauder's last students, and his personal insights are invaluable. For the future, we will wish to engage people who feel a tie to the music rather than the composer himself. From what we hear from musicians and judges who are exposed to Kauder's music for the first time, this will be no problem. There is also a great desire to discover "lost" music, music that has been denied access during WWII, and can now make its way back into the world. We also need to find board members with a large variety of skills beyond their love for and knowledge of music. The need for expertise in fundraising, programming, audience development, will play a more significant part in the future. We are confident to continue recruiting engaged and committed board members to the Society.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $25,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$64,152$26,284$26,947
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.491.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$7,871$1,871$15,615
Current Assets$7,871$1,871$15,615
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$7,871$1,871$15,615
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMaximilian Hoffman Foundation $6,700 --United Way of Greater New Haven $25,627
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountVictor Herbert Foundation $5,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments The Hugo Kauder Society is fortunate to have a group of loyal Friends who support the organization regularly. We are also regularly supported by State grants, and have benefited from contributions from private foundations. However, the challenge remains to find the remaining funds necessary to follow through with programming and archiving. As our programming changes each year, the possible funding sources vary from year to year, and it is through renewed research every year that we find the appropriate donors and partners for that particular event. The upside to this is that we enlarge our community year by year with new Friends and expertise.
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. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. 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 421 Humphrey St
New Haven, CT 065113710
Primary Phone 203 562-5200
Contact Email info@hugokauder.org
CEO/Executive Director Helen Kauder
Board Chair Norman Dee
Board Chair Company Affiliation President

 

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