HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC

Alive through great music!

Hartford, CT   |  www.hartfordsymphony.org

Mission

To enrich lives and community through great music

Ruling year info

1949

Executive Director

Stephen Howard Collins

Main address

166 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106 USA

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EIN

06-0637319

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has been providing musical excellence in the greater Hartford area since 1934. Given its longevity, it is easy to feel comfortable with what the organization contributes to the community. However, in June of 2015, the HSO adopted a Strategic Framework, a document by which to govern our organizational, financial and artistic development. Five key initiatives were identified, all engineered with the ultimate goal of becoming a more patron-centric organization as opposed to an inward-looking organization. To support this endeavor, our artistic vision and programming has changed to be more responsive to our community. The Hartford community has changed dramatically since our inception, ethnically, economically, ideologically. It is our desire to use music as a tool to bring neighbors, communities and the general populace together through our talents, ideas and outreach.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Masterworks

A series of nine concerts with three performances each from October through June, with varying themes, composters, and guest artists.

Population(s) Served

Four specialized concerts held through the months of December through May, with a vast array of special guest artists.

Population(s) Served

Music education in the classroom, in the concert hall, and engagement with the public in a variety of venues - from libraries to science centers, these programs bring a wide range of music, musicians, instruments and interaction to people of all ages. Participatory or simply entertaining, these programs serve more than 14,000 each year.

Population(s) Served

Since 1995, thousands have attended the Talcott Mountain Music Festival held in Simsbury, CT, over five Friday nights in late June through July. Mostly popular music in nature, this "Tanglewood" in Connecticut brings the HSO to residents and summer visitors alike.

Population(s) Served

Chamber ensembles perform amongst the beautiful art of the famed Wadsworth Atheneum. Each Sunday event is programmed around the art being showcased.

Population(s) Served

Contemporary concerts feature ensembles in unique venues to attract younger audiences and those who enjoy more edgy music and intimate engagement with the HSO musicians.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through intensive audience surveys, focus groups, feedback from non-HSO performing arts patrons and nationwide industry research, the HSO brings a more eclectic mix of composers, guest artists and musical genre to the traditional stage and to the unique venues - all while remaining dedicated to preserving the great traditional repertoire. Beyond our Masterworks, Pops, Sunday Serenades, Talcott Mountain Music Festival, Family series, Musical Dialogues, Musician's Care and HSO:Intermix series of concerts, the HSO is initiating a vital collaboration with local, established partners to create Listen, Share, Celebrate, an initiative in which musicians and community partners facilitate sharing stories and music of the community's cultural heritage. Exploring and embracing our similarities and differences we will forge bonds, overcome traditional barriers and create and perform music together. Beyond heritage and music research, and the music that will be created as a result of that exploration, historical documentation and exhibition will be created and available to the public as the HSO reaches its 75th anniversary.

The HSO Music Education and Community Engagement team will work closely with three partners, Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut Historical Society and HartBeat Ensemble. Each partner's programs reach varied ethnic, economic and religious constituencies, and all honor the diverse artistic and cultural depth of the greater Hartford community. Timelines have been produced that will provide goals for each organization and the individuals (mostly high school students) who will be fully engaged with each. Goals include research by students into their family and community musical history, bringing that information to the HSO Music Director and a composer and using the information to create new music. Other students will create sound recordings of music and oral history. That same information will be used to document and create a musical heritage exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society, which has the ability to be portable and viewed throughout the community over a period of time.

The HSO has been reaching people of all ages and backgrounds, through music education, ensemble performances in unique venues and other forms of community dialogue, for many years. Working closely with Hartford Public Schools was initiated in 2012 when the HSO introduced the Link Up program to them (participatory, school year program for 3-6 th graders, with culminating concert featuring the HSO). That program is now fully integrated into the HPS arts curriculum. The HSO has built strong relationships with other arts and cultural organizations throughout its existence. These bonds made it easy for all of the Listen, Share, Celebrate partners to agree that this project will serve each very well and be a tremendous cultural asset for the community as a whole.

To date, and for this special project, all partners are on board and are creating timelines by which to begin the project at the start of the 2018 school year. Applications for funding have been sent to a wide variety of corporate, foundation and individual donors, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Financials

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HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INC

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffery R. Verney

CEO, United Retiree Solutions, United Healthcare

Term: 2016 - 2018

Bruce Barth

Robinson + Cole

Robert Bausmith

CEO Quest

John Beers

Webster Bank

Suzanne Bourdeaux

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Weston Boyd

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Alfred Casella

Murtha Cullina

Bernie Clark

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Luis Diez-Morales

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Rosemary Gaidos

Citizens Bank

Angela Griffin

Simsbury CT Board of Education

Mark Hayes

Cigna

Gerald Hess

Retired

Kenneth Jacobson

Retired

Mathew Jasinski

Motley Rice LLC

Brook Jason

Jason Enterprises, Inc.

Harvey Kelly

State of Connecticut

Michael Kennedy

Barnes Group, Inc.

John Langenus

Anthem

Rebecca Loree

Corbin Advisors, LLC

Pamela Lucas

Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP

Matthew Lynch

UBS Realty Investors LLC

Robert Murray

Retired

Donald Osborne

Donald W. Osborne, LLC

Paul Pendergast

CPBN

Esther Pryor

EAPRYOR, LLC

David Roth

WLD Enterprises

Andrew Salner

Hartford Hospital

Edwin Shirley

Fairview Capital Partners

Karen Sprout

Seabury

Jeffery Verney

United Healthcare

Diane Whitney

Pullman & Comley LLC