Mission

The mission of the New England Philharmonic (NEP), a volunteer orchestra,
is to perform the music of living composers in concert with traditional repertoire.

NEP History

1970s

Late 1976 
Mystic Valley Chamber Orchestra founded by Michel Perrault and Gervasio de Chaves

March 1977
First concert, at Malden Public Library, Charles Ellis, Conductor (1977- 82)

1977-78
First full season of performances
First commission awarded to Stephen Savage, The Eternal Return
Name changed to Mystic Valley Orchestra (MVO)

1980s

1983
Ronald Feldman named Conductor (1983-87)

1985
Composer-in-Residence (CiR) and Call for Scores initiatives were launched

1986
MVO became Orchestra-in-Residence at Framingham State College (1986-96)

1987
Name changed to New England Philharmonic (NEP)

1988
Jeffrey Rink named Conductor (1988-96)
NEP wins ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming; others follow in 1991, 1992, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013 (ASCAP now retired.)

1990s

1994
Young Artist Competition initiated

1997
20th Anniversary Concert featured works by the three prior Composers-in-Residence: Robert Kyr, Richard Cornell, Marjorie Merryman

Richard Pittman named Music Director (1997-present)

NEP named Orchestra-in-Residence at Simmons College (1997-2014)

2000s

2000
Danielle Maddon named Concertmaster and soloist annually for a violin concerto, several of which have been composed for her (2000-present)

2003
Richard Yoder Award created in his honor for outstanding service to the NEP as a French horn player, Board member and tireless grant writer and solicitor of program ads to ensure the financial viability of the NEP

2007
30th Anniversary celebrated by a grand concert performance of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck

2012
35th Anniversary celebrated by two performances of Benjamin Brittan’s War Requiem, “One of the 10 Best Classical Performances of the Year” (Boston Globe)

2014
Chamber Players initiative conceived to extend the reach of the NEP

2015
First Chamber Players’ concerts, beginning with ‘Meet the Instruments’ series at the Boston Children’s Museum

2016
Boston Athenaeum commissioned the Chamber Players to have new music composed based on scores of 16th century French masses being digitized to bring them into the 21st century; Bernard Hoffer and Emily Koh composed Musica Sacra and -logos-

2017
2017 40th Anniversary!  NEP honored by three Composers-in-Residence writing fanfares as gifts to the orchestra — Thank you Andy Vores, Richard Cornell, and Peter Child

100 voices of Chorus pro Musica and four soloists joined NEP for the Anniversary Concert performance of A Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett

Richard Yoder Award presented to Louise Myers, 40 year violinist with the orchestra, and

Danielle Maddon, Concertmaster, founder and leader of the NEP Chamber Players, inspiration to all members of the NEP