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New Haven Symphony Orchestra

New Haven, CT         

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) is the fourth-oldest orchestra in America, founded in 1894. Since its inception, the NHSO has partnered with leading contemporary composers to support American music. This commitment started at our founding with Horatio Parker and continues through our recent residencies with Jin Hi Kim, Augusta Read Thomas (2009-2011), Christopher Theofanidis (2011-2015), Hannah Lash (2015-2017) and our current Composer-in-Residence, Michael Brown (2017-2019). In addition to the works of its Composer-in-Residence, the NHSO regularly programs new works and works by living composers such as Martin Bresnick, Joan Tower, John Corigliano, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. The NHSO performs regularly in New Haven at historic Woolsey Hall and across Connecticut. Conducted by Maestro Alasdair Neale, the orchestra roster consists of 65 professional musicians. The robust educational programming of the NHSO musically engages over 20,000 children, adolescents, and their families through innovative programs that meet the urgent need for curriculum-appropriate programming and cultural community opportunities. The NHSO offers a unique variety of music experiences for our educational partners that include schools across the State of Connecticut. Included in the curricula are materials designed to instill a sense of American cultural identity and a Toolkit on the Heroes of American Music (including Brubeck, Copland, Ives, Monk, and Theofanidis). The NHSO has been recognized and generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, New Music USA, and most recently, the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, along with many other foundations, corporations, and individuals committed to providing programs that foster creativity and imagination.