In the Fall of 2006, our predecessor organization, The Northport Community Orchestra, was formed as an affiliate of The Northport Chorale, Inc., and we held our first rehearsal in January of 2007.
Under the leadership of Music Director Richard Hyman, an East Northport resident and award-winning music educator, the orchestra debuted in of May 2007 at the Northport Chorale's 25th anniversary concert.
In 2008, the orchestra incorporated as its own entity. The orchestra serves as the only community orchestra on the North Shore of Suffolk County, New York, that rehearses in the evening, thereby offering musicians who work during daytime hours the opportunity to rehearse and perform classical music in an orchestral setting.
In January of 2010, we officially changed our name to the Northport Symphony Orchestra.
2016 saw the orchestra celebrating our 10th anniversary. The orchestra's success comes from our stability. Many of us, from the music director to the musicians to our devoted audience, have been with the orchestra since the very beginning, and the orchestra has grown with an influx of new members, young and old, all looking to become a part of our music-making family.
Our members, who are selected by audition, come from all walks of life. We are music educators, physicians, attorneys, engineers, librarians, business owners, retirees, and college students.
Many of us have been playing our instruments our whole lives. Some of us are musicians rediscovering our love for our instrument.
One thing, though, is certain: the enjoyment of playing music and of making it accessible to all members of the community through free concerts keeps us together and motivated.
Maestro Richard Hyman, a graduate of Queens College and recipient of an M.A. in Music from Columbia University, as well as an M.S. in Education from Queens College, was a New York City Public School music teacher for thirty-five years. In 1991 and again in 1993, Mr. Hyman was one of only ten teachers citywide placed on the Chancellor’s Teachers Honor Roll for his “outstanding student music programs.” In May of 2007, he received the first-ever Queens Music Teacher of the Year grant.
Mr. Hyman is a cofounder of the NSO, and serves as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington, New York.
A published composer, Mr. Hyman's recent credits include a world premiere of his choral setting of Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car performed by the Hofstra University Chamber Singers, and a performance of his choral setting of Oseh Shalom at the Vatican. He has produced, performed and conducted original music for film and television, and has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for composer members since 1998.