History

Symphony NH was founded in 1923 by conductor and educator Elmer “Pop” Wilson and is now New Hampshire's oldest professional orchestra.  Symphony NH was known as the Nashua Symphony Orchestra until 2012.  Music Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee joined Symphony NH in 2008 and the orchestra has since soared to new artistic heights, presenting programs that feature a variety of music and appeal to the diverse tastes of New Hampshire audiences.  In 2016 Symphony NH premiered McPhee's highly acclaimed The Essential RING, called "outstanding Wagner" by The Boston Globe.

Symphony NH performs orchestra concerts in Nashua, Concord, Lebanon, Peterborough, and Keene and additional towns across the state.  Our education program, Picture This, has been performed for Nashua third grade students since 2009, and in 2016 was brought to students across the state.  

Mission and Vision

Symphony NH seeks to enrich the quality of life in New Hampshire through high-quality performances of live orchestral music and by taking a leadership role in the music-education opportunities for citizens of all ages.

At Symphony NH, we feel a profound connection to our mission and recognize that these are changing times for the arts. As we look to our future, we find that there are several core values we all share:

  • We take pride in the rich history and potential of the region.
  • We’re passionate in our belief that music can serve as a means for improving lives – building knowledge, fostering friendships, and bringing fulfillment.
  • We believe all musicians should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • We seek to validate individual experience, while valuing the communal joys uniquely attainable through live music.
  • Our core purpose is to present great live music to the public in formats that reinforce these values.

Symphony NH strives to generate civic pride, serving as a cultural focal point for the citizens of New Hampshire, through which they can deepen their relationships to live classical music, to their community, and to each other.

By working together with communities around the state, we can ensure that future generations will enjoy the kaleidoscopic pleasures and rich satisfactions of live classical music.

With the adoption of our new name in 2012, and with Jonathan McPhee continuing as Music Director & Principal Conductor, we are looking forward to new energies, new relationships, new opportunities to strengthen and grow this organization. As we look to our future, we see a Symphony NH that is strong and vibrant enough to serve as a model for other ensembles throughout New Hampshire, New England, and the nation.