OUR STORY

On behalf of the Boston Festival Orchestra, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the BFO, and invite you to take part in our inaugural season this summer as well as our on-going Chamber Series! After such a tumultuous year, we believe more than ever in the importance of music in our communities, and hope that you will join us on this journey to healing and health through music. 

After a temporary postponement in 2020, the BFO can now officially announce its debut season this July 2021Genesis opens our season with a symphony by W. A. Mozart and a virtuosic work for clarinet by Rossini. The mid-season performance, Elemental, highlights the star power of the BFO's winds and strings, with a wind sonatina by Richard Strauss and Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Finally, the BFO concludes its inaugural season with Inheritance, an eclectic program of contemporary works and familiar compositions, culminating in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 “Classical.”

We are thankful that you can be a part of the BFO community! See you this summer!

Nicholas Brown                                                        Alyssa Wang

Executive Director                                                   Artistic Director

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR

 
Alyssa Wang

Alyssa is a passionate violinist, conductor, and composer. She is the violinist of Hub New Music, a Boston-based mixed-quartet that performs 21st century music, and is the co-founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the Boston Festival Orchestra. As a composer, she was recently commissioned by the Palo Alto Philharmonic to write a piece for violin and cello.

 

In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes (Concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1989-2010). In 2016, she was the winner of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Concerto Competition, the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize, the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Award, and the Senior Leadership Award. She won first prize in the Silbermann Chamber Music Competition and was the recipient of the 2015 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, Harry G. Archer Award, and Paul J. Baum Fund Award. She has soloed with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon she helped to run the

Heritage Scholarship Campaign, which raised over $180,000 to start a substantial undergraduate merit scholarship for future School of Music students. Alyssa is also an Andrew Carnegie Scholar.

Alyssa completed two Master’s Degrees in violin performance and conducting at the New England Conservatory. She has won fellowships as a violinist with the Grammy-nominated ensemble, A Far Cry, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Her primary violin teacher at NEC was Malcolm Lowe (Concertmaster, Boston Symphony Orchestra). During the summers she has been assistant conductor for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival with Scott Yoo and a conducting fellow at Eastern Music Festival under the tutelage of Gerard Schwarz. In the summer of 2019 she was the assistant conductor to Paul Polivnick at the New Hampshire Music Festival. Alyssa enjoys photography, social dancing, and writing in her spare time.

For more information please visit alyssa-wang.com.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nicholas Brown

Nicholas Brown is a clarinetist, educator, and administrator dedicated to versatility and interdisciplinarity. He is a member of the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and Phoenix, and has been a guest with such groups as the Chicago Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and more. He has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops and Symphony Nova, and will be featured on the Boston Festival Orchestra’s season opener in July 2021. As a chamber musician, Nicholas is Clarinetist with Boston-based new music ensemble, Hub New Music.

Committed to accessible music education, Nicholas works with students spanning all ages, experiences, and abilities. He serves as a clarinet instructor and band specialist at the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC), in addition to teaching the students of Natick and Wayland Public Schools. He is a Neighborhood Artist with the Celebrity Series of Boston, and helped to curate a five-week artist residency with the Boston Music Project and Hub New

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OUR MISSION

The Boston Festival Orchestra is committed to bringing the highest caliber of artistic performance to Boston’s summer community through venerable programming and collaboration with world-class artists.​ By programming repertoire compatible with the Greater Boston community, the Boston Festival Orchestra strives to enrich the summer culture of the city through high quality classical music performances featuring Boston’s own professional musicians and renowned soloists.

Music in Fall 2020. Nicholas regularly gives lectures, workshops, and masterclasses at universities across the United States. His teachings aim to foster an encouraging musical environment, create conscientious artists, and emphasize marketable skills.

Outside of performing and teaching, Nicholas is Assistant Music Director of the Eliot Music Ensemble at NEMPAC. Nicholas earned degrees with honors from New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University under the tutelage of Thomas Martin and Ethan Sloane, respectively.

For more information about Nicholas, visit nbclar.com.

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GENERAL MANAGER

Rebecca Mansfield

Rebecca Mansfield is an arts administrator who strives to create an approachable and accessible arts experience for all. Originally from Westmoreland, New Hampshire, Becca has an extensive history of performing and working in the arts. She recently graduated from Boston University, where she studied Arts Administration. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Plymouth State University, Becca also dedicated a large portion of her undergraduate studies to choral music and dance. She has worked for The Boch Center-Wang and Shubert Theatres, New Hampshire Music Festival, MoCo Arts, The Palace Theatre, Rochester Opera, House,

Advice to the Players, Hackmatack Playhouse, The Players Ring, and more, in various roles in the arts. In her time at BU, she also served as the Vice-President of the Arts Administration Student Association. As a performer, Becca has sung with acts such as The Chieftains, David Shire, Barry Manilow, as well as performing internationally across Europe and South Korea. She has sung Alto with the New Hampshire Master Choral and the New Hampshire Music Festival Chorus. Becca studied voice and choral music with Dr. Emily Jaworski Koriath and Dr. Dan Perkins.