Genre: Orchestra

Country of Origin: Singapore

In 2007, William Boughton became the tenth Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership and that of Executive Director Elaine C. Carroll, programs have expanded both geographically and musically, with concerts being performed in new venues, and new partnerships offering opportunities to share the NHSO’s high musical standards with audiences throughout Connecticut. Through the composer-in-residence program Augusta Read Thomas and Jin Hi Kim have come to New Haven to work with the orchestra, their residencies supported through Music Alive, a program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer. During their time in New Haven the orchestra has premiered compositions by these two outstanding composers. Both have shared their talents and knowledge with Connecticut students through in-school programs and individual mentoring. In March 2008, the NHSO was chosen as one of seven orchestras nationwide to participate in the League of American Orchestras’ highly competitive three-year Institutional Vision Program. In December 2009, the orchestra was featured in the Miramax film Everybody’s Fine starring Robert DeNiro. In May 2010, the Orchestra released its first commercial CD in over thirty years—a disc featuring the music of William Walton on the Nimbus (London) label and in October 2010 the orchestra released Portrait of an Orchestra, a photographic celebration of the musicians who make up the NHSO.