Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Endowment Fund
“We want to infuse the community with as much great music as possible,” says David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School.
The Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1945. “What began as a semi-professional orchestra is now an exceptional professional ensemble. We’re lucky to have such a great orchestra in a small region,” David believes. The Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season includes an eight-concert TACO Classical Series, as well as the four-concert Amica Rush Hour Series, four Open Rehearsals, a Gala, Messiah, and two Pops.
The Philharmonic Orchestra merged with the formerly independent Music School in 2000. Today the organization’s education offerings comprise half the budget and include five youth orchestras, ensembles for wind, jazz, and chamber music, lessons and classes for all ages, and music therapy programs. Annette Mozzoni, director of education & the Music School, notes that the School serves roughly 1,600 students at its state-of-the-art Carter Center, which “fosters a learning community for our students and programs, and hosts the programs of 11 other music education-related nonprofits that serve thousands more.”
The growing FLEX (Foundations in Learning Exploration) with the Phil served nearly 22,000 school-aged students in 2014-15. “Our community engagement is off the charts,” Annette exclaims.
“We want to be the best possible entity we can be for the state. It’s part of making sure Rhode Island is as great as it can be. It all adds up to a thriving community,” David states.
Access is a core value. The organization provided more than $2,500,000 in free and subsidized concerts and education programs last year, as well as generous financial aid for more than 30% of students at the Music School.
David continues, “We know that to sustain our programs, provide adequate financial aid for low income families, and remain affordable for all, we need to exponentially increase our endowment. The advantages of partnering with the Foundation are pretty clear. The Foundation is 100 years old and not going anywhere. It gives donors confidence when they make a gift and helps donors realize their dreams. Partnering with the Foundation just makes sense.”