Symphony in C
Organization Description and History: Symphony in C is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programs. Originally named the Haddonfield Symphony, Symphony in C began in 1952 as a community orchestra. During the 1987 – 1988 season, a drastic change in mission took place when the Symphony began providing training and performance opportunities to young professional musicians with the establishment of its Internship Program. Over the next 13 seasons this program grew to encompass all 78 positions within the orchestra and selected musicians from prestigious universities and conservatories including The Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University, The Juilliard School and Rutgers University. Alumni of the program now hold positions with major orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. Current Music Director Rossen Milanov who had previously served as Intern Assistant Conductor under Alan Gilbert was appointed in 2000. Mr. Milanov has led the orchestra in performances throughout southern New Jersey and in their debut at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts which led to broadcasts on WRTI, WHYY, and WQXR's McGraw – Hill Young Artists Showcase. In 2004, the Symphony was awarded the national MetLife Award for Community Engagement presented by The League of American Orchestras in recognition of its educational outreach programs. In the fall of 2007, The Haddonfield Symphony became Symphony in C to signal its complete transformation from a community orchestra to the only professional training orchestra in the Mid-Atlantic region. In March 2008, Symphony in C moved its administrative offices to the City of Camden marking its commitment to the cultural rebirth of the city. Symphony in C, which reaches more 15,000 students each year through its Music Matters educational programs, has a tradition of educational excellence, bringing music into the lives of students and adults of all ages and abilities. It has received numerous local and statewide awards for its multi-disciplinary educational programs, and received the national MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. Symphony in C annually presents 5 subscription concerts at the Gordon Theater in Camden, one performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as well as several Young Persons Concerts. Symphony in C also presents more than 50 contracted and ensemble performances throughout the year in various schools, at community events, and corporate functions.