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Handel and Haydn Society announces Financial Surplus for Fiscal Year 2013
Annual meeting reaffirms strategic direction through 2015 Bicentennial and beyond; reelects Nicholas Gleysteen as Chairman of the Board; elects new Board members Willma Davis and Susan Weatherbie
September 24, 2013 (Boston, MA) – At the annual meeting held in Boston on September 24, the Handel and Haydn Society (H&H) presented its audited financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2013 and announced that it had balanced its budget in addition to reaching key organizational accomplishments for the 2012–2013 Season. Also discussed was the implementation and completion of the first year of the institution’s Strategic Plan, adopted in fall 2012 to guide the organization through its 2015 Bicentennial and beyond. Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard commented, “This is an exciting time for H&H: the organization has positioned itself very strongly this past year with stellar performances by its Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra. H&H is poised to continue with the implementation of important initiatives to expand its artistic and education outreach as we prepare for the celebration of its 200th anniversary in 2015.” Ambitious plans are already in place for the Bicentennial celebration, including a commission, free concerts for the Boston community, expanded educational outreach initiatives, special lectures and exhibitions, and recording projects.
H&H ended its FY13 fiscal year on June 30, 2013, with a surplus of $68,734. The Society balanced its budget with unrestricted revenue of $3.71 million and total expenses of $3.65 million. Total revenues for 2013 were up 12.8%. Unrestricted contributions from individuals and grants, representing more than half of operating revenues, remained strong, with a record-breaking Society Ball, H&H’s annual gala fundraiser. Handel and Haydn Society generated 43% of its total revenue in earned revenue, while bringing 57% in contributed revenue.
The Handel and Haydn Society’s 2012–2013 Season, the fourth under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, was greeted with acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Highlights included performances by exceptional international and local talent, as well as a tour to the West Coast with Handel Jephtha and Vivaldi The Four Seasons. Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky made her debut leading the H&H ensemble and as soloist in Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G major, a program also featuring Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 82, recorded live in February and released on CD September 10, 2013. “I am very pleased to be continuing to add interesting projects to our repertoire while celebrating the great works for the Baroque and Classical eras. The West Coast Tour and performances of Handel Jephtha truly showcased the extraordinary agility and inspiration our ensemble communicated to our global audiences last season,” said Harry Christophers.
Collaborations with educational and arts institutions in the Greater Boston area remain important to Handel and Haydn and a priority within the Strategic Plan. At MIT, H&H musicians provided in-class performances, and Q&As, demonstrating period instruments and performance techniques. H&H’s partnership with the New England Conservatory continued with the Conducting Apprenticeship in Period Performance, in which three NEC master’s candidates in orchestral conducting spent a week each with Harry Christophers, Bernard Labadie, and Richard Egarr. H&H’s other outreach efforts included performances and instrument demonstrations at the Boston Children’s Museum, and vocal and instrumental chamber music performances at the Peabody Essex Museum, the Concord Museum, and the Museum of African American History.
Chairman of the Board Nicholas Gleysteen remarked, “H&H is proud to be a platform to a growing audience and to music professionals here and abroad. Our partnerships enrich our experiences and the way we embrace the business of music. As we prepare for the Bicentennial, these relationships are instrumental to better serve our community.”
H&H was heard on the radio both locally on WGBH/99.5 Classical New England and nationally on APM’s SymphonyCast over the course of the season. In addition to frequent appearances of H&H musicians in the Fraser Studio at WGBH/99.5 Classical New England, Handel Messiah was broadcast locally both live and on delayed basis on that station, and the spring 2012 performance of Bach St. Matthew Passion was broadcast locally and nationally in spring 2013.
The Handel and Haydn Society celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Young Women’s Chorus (YWC), a component of the Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program. Founded in 1998, the YWC comprises an ensemble of 70 females between the ages of 14–18 who come from more than 40 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. One of the four choruses under the auspices of H&H’s Vocal Apprenticeship Program, the YWC has consistently demonstrated its ability to perform challenging and interesting repertoire above the typical level for high school female choral ensembles. The YWC performs a broad variety of repertoire including Baroque and Classical works, and students enjoy discovering spirituals, jazz, folksongs, and a cappella music by living composers. To mark the anniversary, Conductor Alyson Greer led the women in “Benigne Fac Domine” by Johann Hasse onstage at Symphony Hall to open the H&H performance of Mozart Jupiter in November 2012.
At the Annual Meeting, Nicholas Gleysteen was re-elected Chairman of the Board. Gleysteen, a lawyer and CPA, is a Portfolio Manager at Hellman, Jordan Management Co., and also serves on the boards of Somerset Club Executive Committee, Fort Ticonderoga, National Trust for Scotland USA, Handel House USA, and on the Norfolk Hunt Club Board of Stewards. Also re-elected for a term of three years were Governors Carl Kester and Emily Schabacker, and Overseers Martha Bancroft, Betsy Davis, Tom Draper, Roy Hammer, Suzanne Hamner, Winifred Parker, and Alice Richmond. Willma Davis, Overseer, former Managing Director of John Hancock Financial Services Bond & Corporate Finance Group, was elected to the Board of Governors. Elected to the Board of Overseers was Susan Weatherbie, a retired Manager of Trusts and Administration. All will serve three-year terms. The Board appointed Governors Janet Whitla and Joseph Flynn as Board Emeriti.
In addition to Nicholas Gleysteen as Board Chairman, Todd Estabrook of Commonwealth Financial; Deborah First of Deborah First Communications; Mary Nada, philanthropist; Julia Cox, financial consultant; Karen Levy, education specialist; Michael Scott Morton of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management; and Wat Tyler, philanthropist, were elected Vice Chairs. Jeff Thomas, Chief Investment Officer of Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, was elected Treasurer; Winifred Li of Ropes & Gray LLP elected Secretary; and Marie-Hélène Bernard as Chief Executive Officer.
Harry Christophers, CBE, enters his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society with the 2013–2014 Season. Under his direction, H&H has pursued an ambitious artistic plan leading up to organization’s 2015 Bicentennial, featuring a showcase of works premiered in the United States by the Handel and Haydn Society since 1815; educational programming; community outreach activities and partnerships; and a series of recordings on the CORO label. The organization has recorded five CDs under Christophers’ direction, including a Mozart trilogy, a CD of Haydn works, and a collection of holiday carols performed by the H&H chorus. In April of 2013 Christophers led H&H on a tour of the West Coast, the ensemble’s first tour since 2009 and first to California since 1996.
Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of the UK-based choir and period instrument ensemble The Sixteen. He has directed the renowned group throughout Europe, America, and the Far East, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th century music. He has recorded close to 100 titles for which he has won numerous awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque for Handel’s Messiah, numerous German Record Critics Awards, the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music, and the prestigious Classical Brit Award (2005) for his disc entitled Renaissance. In 2009 he received one of classical music’s highest accolades, the Classic FM Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year Award. Christophers is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Granada Symphony Orchestra and a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In October 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and also of the Royal Welsh Academy for Music and Drama. Christophers was awarded a CBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
Handel and Haydn Society is a professional Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. Founded in Boston in 1815, H&H is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s The Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879).
Handel and Haydn Society’s mission is to enrich life and influence culture by performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence, and by providing engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education and training activities. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, H&H is widely known through its local subscription series, tours, concert broadcasts on WGBH/99.5 Classical New England and National Public Radio, and recordings. Its recording of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises won a 2003 Grammy Award and two of its recordings, All is Bright and Peace, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical music chart. Since the release of its first collaboration with Harry Christophers on the CORO label in September 2010, it has made available three live commercial recordings of works by Mozart – Mass in C Minor (2010), Requiem (2011), and Coronation Mass (2012) as well as Haydn, Vol. 1 (September 2013) and An American Christmas (October 2013).
H&H’s award-winning Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program annually brings music education, vocal training, and performance opportunities to more than 10,000 students, grades 3–12, throughout Greater Boston and beyond.
Handel and Haydn Society is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.