Founded in 2015 with an entrepreneurial spirit
We believe that experiencing live orchestral music opens students’ minds
And promotes lifelong engagement with the musical arts
HCSS allows all students to come, no financial barriers. It’s really what makes it special; without HCSS, someone like me could never have had this experience. ” Francesco Rolando ’22, Antrona Schieranco, Italy
It’s awesome to lose yourself in the beauty of the music. You’re transported and it’s simply breathtaking. ” Nebras Jemel ‘20, Tunis, Tunisia
HCSS events have given me an entirely new lens on why arts and culture matter for society. Getting to hear what a professional violinist values about a particular piece, and then seeing that same piece performed live has taught me that there is no substitute for the shared experience of live orchestral music. ” Jared Perlo ‘19, Newton, MA
Being able to see it live and see the body language of the conductor and the facial expressions of the musicians—it really brought classical music to life. ” Jadyn Broomfield ’21, Detroit, MI
Through our partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the annual support of the Harvard community, HCSS has brought more than 2,000 Harvard undergraduates to Symphony Hall to hear the world-class BSO perform live—entirely free of charge.
Our program works. It’s inclusive, it’s fun, and it’s free! With waitlists routinely exceeding 100, we know students value the deep connection to orchestral music that HCSS helps develop.
We believe that by providing students of all backgrounds with in-hall and backstage access to world-class concerts and performers, we can inspire a lifelong engagement with symphonic music that will help sustain orchestras for years to come.
Our mission is to deliver this experience to Harvard students through our partnership with the BSO, and in doing so, to help build the next generation of concert-goers and orchestral patrons.
We envision campuses where students connect through their love of live classical music, cities where graduates actively support their local music ensembles, and a world where orchestras benefit from deep ties to global citizen leaders of all backgrounds.
Our vision is to connect top tier orchestras around the world with local Harvard alumni who have the talent, means, and leadership to steward the art form, and in doing so, to strengthen the international network of orchestral champions.
I created HCSS to share the unforgettable experience of live orchestral performance with as many of my classmates as possible. Four years and 2,000 tickets later, HCSS has taken off beyond my highest expectations. ” Benjamin Altshuler ‘19, Founder and Past President