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. Jonathan McPhee joined Symphony NH as Music Director from 2008 to 2017, leading the orchestra to new artistic heights and presenting programs that feature a variety of music and appeal to the diverse tastes of New Hampshire audiences. Most notably in 2016, Symphony NH premiered McPhee's highly acclaimed The Essential RING, called "outstanding Wagner" by The Boston Globe.
Symphony NH has performed orchestra concerts in Nashua, Concord, Lebanon, Peterborough, and Keene, as well as additional towns across the state. Our education programs have served Nashua students for many years, and starting in 2016 were additionally brought to students in Manchester, Concord and the Upper Valley.
Mission and Values
Our mission is to inspire and enlighten through exceptional live music.
We fulfill this mission by
Collaborating with artistic, community, and educational partners across the state of New Hampshire;
Welcoming all members of our communities to participate in our activities;
Creating and adding value to arts education programs in schools and communities;
Engaging patrons, sponsors, and donors to ensure our sustainability for generations to come.
The importance of our contributions to the vibrancy of Nashua and the other New Hampshire and surrounding communities;
The power of live music to engage all members of our communities;
Shared live music experiences that strengthen community bonds;
Our orchestra as a resource for music education for people of all ages;
The arts as an economic generator for our communities.