New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Mission & History
Mission and History
The mission of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is to place the world’s finest music at the center of the cultural life of the South Coast community. The NBSO enriches the lives of adults and children through the transforming power of great music, performing concerts at the highest level of professional standards and providing educational programs for children and listeners of all ages that deepen their enjoyment and understanding of music and make it a part of their daily lives.
The history and mission of the NBSO begins with its founder, Clarence Arey. In 1915, Mr. Arey, a gifted musician and teacher, established the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra to provide high quality performances of classical music for his community. Mr. Arey also created the first public high school orchestra program in Massachusetts. When the New Bedford High School Orchestra performed at the annual Massachusetts Superintendents Conference in 1913, superintendents from around the state were so impressed with the quality of the performance that many of them returned home and quickly established orchestra programs in their school systems. Soon, almost every high school in Massachusetts boasted a student orchestra. Mr. Arey’s dual devotion to a Symphony Orchestra presenting high quality performances of classical music for its community and a music education program opening the world of classical music to young people remains the heart and soul of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.
The NBSO’s governance and management approach is rooted in strategic planning. Over the last fourteen years, the NBSO has completed four strategic plans. Each plan was developed to cover a three to five year time frame with the recognition that it is best to renew the process every three years. With this underpinning of strategic planning, the NBSO has experienced unprecedented growth. During this time period, the NBSO’s budget has grown by a multiple of ten, the number of concerts presented has more than doubled, and educational programs have gone from serving 2,000 children annually to more than 8,000. The NBSO is a 501( c)(3), tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. It is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of volunteers who live in the South Coast region.
Board of Trustees
Sandria R. Parsons, Chair
Geoff Swett, Treasurer
Prof. Susan J. Leclair, Clerk
Robert C. Booth
Michael A. Esposito
Robert B. Feingold, Esq.
Dr. Albert J. Fox
Dorothy A. Hebden-Heath
Raina V. Lamade, Ph.D.
Paul A. Lamoureux
Dr. Alvin Marcovici
Talbot Baker, Jr.
Michael P. Malone
Patricia Plum Wylde
Board of Trustees, 1979-2017
Board President, 1981-1999
President Emerita, 1999-2017
Elisa Birdseye, Personnel Manager/Librarian
Yaniv Dinur, Music Director
Roberta Kennedy, Production Coordinator
Charlene Monte, SEMAYO Program Coordinator
Tobias Monte, SEMAYO Senior Conductor
Sarah Nichols, Education Assistant
David M. Prentiss, President and CEO
Gary Richard, Director of Finance
Abigail Smith, Operations and Program Assistant
Conee Sousa, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Janice Weber, SCCMS Artistic Director
Terry Wolkowicz, Education Director
Amanda Quintin Design, Print Design
Spectrum Marketing Group, Website Design
Minuteman Press of Dartmouth, Printing Services
Richard Van Inwegen, Photography
Sound Dynamics Associates, Audio Recording
CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
The Southcoast Chamber Music Series (SCCMS) was formed to present high quality classical chamber music for the communities of Southeastern MA. Each program presents an engaging array of styles, timbres, and artists in lively acoustic environments throughout the Southcoast.
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Your donations make possible our innovative educational programs.
Our educational programs serve over 25,000 children a year, and we are recognized nationally for our innovative approach and high impact. We all know of the documented benefits of children learning music, and we firmly believe that by introducing classical music to a new generation of students through our programs, we are helping them to make critical connections between music and their everyday lives, making their NBSO experience enriching on multiple levels.