About the Orchestra
Founded in 1982 by John Eells, the orchestra has grown from 30 members to over 90 today. As one of Connecticut's premier civic orchestras, the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra presents 4-5 classical concerts each year, in addition to popular holiday and summer pops concerts. Its repertoire is comprised of orchestral war horses like Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, in addition to lesser known and contemporary works. In 2016 it presented William Perry's The Silent Years, which accompanied three silent films projected above the orchestra.
Players come from a wide assortment of backgrounds and occupations mostly from Greater Hartford and the Farmington River Valley.
In 2014, the orchestra selected Jonathan Brennand as its new Music Director after an exhaustive year long search from over 60 applicants. He is the second Music Director following in the footsteps of John Eells, who retired in 2013.
John Eells, Founder
John Eells was Director of Music at Miss Porter's School for 25 years and is the founder of the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the orchestra from 1981 to 2013. He was educated in England at York University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won that school's conducting competition. John has been guest conductor with the Jacksonville, Spokane and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Choral, and the Meriden Symphony Orchestra. He is also regular conductor of the New Britain Opera Association. John has attended seminars and been coached by Gunther Sculler, Otto Werner Mueller, Andre Previn, Erich Leinsdorf, Riccardo Muti, Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Bernstein.
The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to promoting musical excellence as a living part of our community, through performances and educational programs for all audiences, thereby fostering an appreciation for and knowledge of music, enriching the cultural life of our region.
The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra will strive for organizational excellence through volunteerism, provide necessary resources to ensure financial stability, expand community recognition and involvement, support innovative, diverse, and dynamic programming, foster a variety of educational opportunities and experiences, increase our current audience and cultivate a new generation of symphony lovers and subscribers.