Handel and Haydn Society

Masterfully performed. Passionately shared.

Boston, MA   |  www.handelandhaydn.org


The mission of the Handel and Haydn Society is to inspire the intellect, touch the heart, elevate the soul and connect all of us with our shared humanity through transformative experiences with Baroque and Classical music.

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Ruling year info


President and CEO

Mr. David Snead

Main address

9 Harcourt Street

Boston, MA 02116 USA

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NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Music (A68)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe that music is a powerful positive force that excites and inspires audiences from diverse backgrounds and communities. We believe Baroque and Classical music expresses the full range of the human experience and sparks us to look more deeply at ourselves and connect with those around us. We bring to life the spirit of creativity and innovation central to this music through our commitment to superb performances, dynamic repertoire, and historically informed performance practices that connect 21st-century audiences directly with the composers’ intent. We create inclusive, accessible, engaging experiences through music and learning that inspire creativity through connections made on stage, in the classroom, online, and beyond. We believe that uniting today’s Bostonians through music and music-making is as important as it was when H+H first formed two centuries ago.

Our programs

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

Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program

Vocal music education for thousands of children throughout Eastern MA. Components: Vocal Arts Program (VAP): Choral program for 185 students (grades 3-12) from over 50 communities. Includes six choruses, music theory lessons, and High School Soloists, a pre-professional vocal training program. Collaborative Youth Concerts (CYC): 8 public high school choruses perform works with H+H's Guest Conductor and professional musicians. Students perform in schools, bringing music to students' home communities, and on-stage at Symphony Hall, opening one of H+H's subscription series concerts. School Partnerships: Year-long, sequential instruction in low-income Boston elementary schools lacking resources to provide music education.

Population(s) Served

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H's professional orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Grammy Award 2003

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

American Classical Music Hall of Fame 2002

American Classical Music Hall of Fame

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

H+H will set the standard for musical experiences that are masterfully performed, historically informed, and passionately shared with the greater Boston community and beyond.

H+H focuses its efforts on increasing its relevance to all in the greater Boston area who are moved by classical music, as well as classical audiences nationally and globally. We will create superior, singularly inspiring experiences with Baroque and Classical music distinguished by their artistic excellence, welcoming atmosphere, electric energy, and powerful connections among musicians, the audience, and the music.

H+H focuses on the following strategic areas:

Artistic: Strengthen our artistic quality, creating superb musical experiences that push artistic standards to greater heights and further elevate the organization’s brand.

Institutional Culture: Deepen our commitment to becoming a welcoming and inclusive institution.

Patrons: Pursue new tactics to attract, retain, and deepen our engagement with patrons in greater Boston and beyond.

Learning: Solidify our education offerings to provide experiences for all ages that foster understanding and enjoyment of classical music.

Infrastructure: Strengthen our organizational resources and philanthropic support to secure future growth.

H+H has a long history and established track record. The organization has sound financial management, a solid asset base, a loyal and growing donor and patron base, strong community support and partnerships, and world-class artistic excellence.

For more than 200 years, H+H has enriched life and influenced culture by bringing vocal and instrumental music to America. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, we perform at the highest level of artistic excellence and provide engaging and accessible opportunities for musical learning.

During the last five years we have:
- Enhanced the quality of our performances;
- Expanded our offerings to the Greater Boston community, both through concerts and learning opportunities;
- Grown our audience of subscribers and ticket buyers;
- Attracted a growing family of donors whose support, through annual giving, capital gifts, and planned giving, is intrinsic to our success;
- Celebrated our Bicentennial, launched important new initiatives, and expanded our endowment.

H+H has reached a new level of impact, and is poised to achieve even greater success. Audiences, supporters, and other stakeholders are enthusiastically engaged like never before. Now, we strive to matter more to even more people, by creating unforgettable musical experiences in everything we do, and by always being welcoming and inclusive.


Handel and Haydn Society

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Handel and Haydn Society

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. W. Carl Kester

Harvard Business School

Term: 2015 -

Nicholas Gleysteen

Senior VP, Portfolio Manager, Hellman, Jordan Management Co.

Deborah First

Communications Consultant

Karen Levy

Education Specialist

Susan Stemper

Retired Managing Director, Pearl Meyer & Partners

Joseph Flynn

Vice President, Howland Capital Management, Inc.

Winifred Li

Retired Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Amy Anthony

Executive Director & President, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.

Louise Cashman

Arts Advocate & Volunteer

Julia Cox

Financial Consultant

David Elsbree

Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

W. Kester

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Laura Lucke

Financial Consultant

Anthony Moosey

Associate, Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee LLP

Stephen Morrissey

Managing Editor, New England Journal of Medicine

George Sacerdote

President & Owner, Sacerdote & Co., Inc.

Emily Schabacker

Retired Insurance Executive

Robert Scott

Management Consultant

Michael Scott Morton

Professor Emeritus, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jeffrey Thomas

Chief Investment Officer, Atlantic Trust Pell Rudman

Nancy Tooke

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance Investment Managers

Thomas Watt

Consultant, Affordable Housing Industry

Elizabeth Wax

Artist & Community Volunteer

Kathleen Weld

Music Educator

Janet Whitla

Former President, Education Development Center

Jane Wilson

Book Conservator

Christopher Yens

Principal, South End Associates

Martha Bancroft

Art Director, Weston Public Schools

Julian Bullitt

President, Zink Imaging, Inc.

Willma Davis

Retired Senior Managing Director, John Hancock Financial Services

Thomas Draper

Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Howard Fuguet

Retired Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Nancy Hammer

Director of Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum

Suzanne Hamner

Retired Professor, Northeastern University

Paul Kelly

Software Engineer, EMC Corporation

Peter Manson

Fundraising Consultant

James Millea

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Winifred Parker

Physician, Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics

Alice Richmond

Partner, Richmond, Pauley & Ault LLP

Timothy Robinson

Retired Senior Vice President, Little, Brown and Company

Brenda Reny

Wealth Market Leader, TD Private Client Group

Robert Shapiro

Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Judith Verhave

Retired Global Head of Compensation, Bank of New York Mellon

John Cornish

Financial Diligence Networks, LLC

Robin Riggs

Chief Creative Officer, RobbinsKersten Direct

Cecily Tyler

Multimedia Consultant

Laima Zarins

Harvard University Health Services

Mark King

Senior Partner, Back Bay Life Science Advisors

Catherine Powell

Principal, Abakas

Nancy Bradley

Director, Massachusetts Family Institute

Jean Woodward

Conservator of Paintings, Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Christina Frangos

Counsel, Acushnet Co.

Michael Oliveri

Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Richard Seamans

Founder and Managing Partner, Seamans Capital Management LLC

Susan Weatherbie

Retired Manager of Estate and Trust Administration, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Miguel Canizares

Fidelity Management and Research Company

Carolyn Pope

Community Volunteer and Arts Advocate

Carolyn Aliski

Retired, Real Estate Development

Claire Laporte

Head of IP, Ginkgo Bioworks

Prema Popat

Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange

John Winkleman

Retired Vice President and Chief Actuary, AIPSO

Jane Carlson

Associate, Estate Planning, Gilmore, Rees & Carlson

Frederick Ilchman

Chair, Art of Europe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No