Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Handel and Haydn Society

Masterfully performed. Passionately shared.

Boston, MA


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


President and CEO

Mr. David Snead

Main Address

9 Harcourt Street

Boston, MA 02116 USA


Handel, Haydn, Baroque, Classical, Early Music, Orchestra, Chorus, Boston, Period Instruments, Historically Informed, Music Education, Youth Chorus, H+H, H&H, Harry Christophers, VAP, Messiah, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Music (A68)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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What we aim to solve

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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Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program

Concert Series

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Indicators for success include concert attendance growth (subscriptions and single tickets) and evidence of patron loyalty, student enrollment, retention, and positive learning outcomes, critical and audience acclaim, ability to recruit and retain the best musicians, board members, and staff members.

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. 

External Reviews


Grammy Award 2003

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

American Classical Music Hall of Fame 2002

American Classical Music Hall of Fame



Handel and Haydn Society

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Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) values diversity and inclusion in the Board, artistic and administrative personnel, and audience. Our constituents will benefit from a diverse and inclusive organization which leads to effective decision-making, more relevant service to our community, and better adherence to our mission. H+H vigorously seeks qualified applicants according to our definitions of diversity and inclusion for all available positions and promotions. H+H administers its education program and audience development in ways that shift and support a more diverse H+H as it seeks to represent the community we serve.