Chair's Welcome

The 49th season at Shriver Hall promises to be wonderful. Each exceptional musician, some appearing for the first time and others returning to our stage, will transport you, the listener. Just as Paul Cezanne had 16 different shades of blue on his palette, so will each performer offer a rich and variegated understanding of the compositions.

 

We, the Board and the administration, strive to provide the best chamber music in the region and invite your feedback about the Series. As the costs continue to rise (our budget is nearly $600,000), we want to ensure that you are hearing the premier performers in the world.  In order for us to continue to achieve our mission, please consider an annual gift so the Series will be here for future generations, or, if you are already a donor, please consider a small increase.

 

A special thanks to our subscribers.  We appreciate the commitment you have made in the past and continue to make each year by subscribing.  To all our patrons, whether you are here for the first or the one hundredth time, please get to know those around you.  Chamber music is an intimate listening experience and we want to make your time here warm and inviting.

 

Thank you for being an attentive and appreciative audience.  Our performers love playing at Shriver Hall because of you.

 

Geoff Greif, Board Chair

 


From The President

As I write this, Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) is about to embark on its 49th season featuring a truly all-star lineup of many of classical music’s most sought-after performers. We are also well into planning a very special 2015-16 Season celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this organization.

 

So it seems a natural time to reflect on SHCS’s illustrious past and also to think critically about how we, together, can achieve our mission of “fostering and maintaining an organization dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art” for generations to come. We are fortunate that we can start this process of self examination from a position of great strength as we have been successful in recent years with many great performances, an effective business model, and most importantly a large, loyal, and dedicated base of concert-goers and donors who love and support our work. How do we sustain this? The answer lies within this same collective community that currently defines SHCS.

 

There has been much talk in recent years about the atrophying of classical music organizations and audiences. I personally do not subscribe to the notion that classical music is in decline and that audiences are ‘graying’ or ‘dying-off.’ This myth can be dispelled by comparing average partron ages now, 25, and 50 years ago.  How else could we possibly explain that our core audience age range is nearly the same today as it was 30 years ago?

 

While SHCS is successful today, we must never rest on our laurels! The fact is the Series exists in a market where there is huge competition for consumer entertainment dollars. This means that we must work harder than ever to attract, engage, and retain every single patron. Reaching-out to new listeners must be our primary goal.

 

This is a task that is just too large for our staff and Board of Directors to tackle alone. So we turn to those of you who bring your passion and dedication to Shriver Hall and ask you to share SHCS. By sharing your enthusiasm for the music we present, spreading the word about our performances, inviting friends to concerts, and giving away your unused tickets you will be SHCS's strongest mechanism of ensuring a bright future. Concert going is a very special collective experience – and keeping an organization such as this vibrant requires a collective community effort.

 

Stephen Jacobsohn, President

 

Shriver Hall
Chair
Geoffrey L. Greif
Vice Chair
Edward F. McCarthy
Treasurer
Julie A. Schwait
Secretary
Tamera Gundersen
Directors
Ellen Blaustein
Robin Breitenecker
Regina Anderson Campbell
Jephta Drachman
Alan S. Edelman
Janice Chandler Eteme
Elaine Freeman
Carla D. Hayden
Margot Heller
Heidi Hutton
Helmut Jenkner
Barbara Kornblatt
Reiko T. Lee
Sayra W. Meyerhoff
Mellasenah Y. Morris
Harriet L. Panitz
Solomon Snyder
Winston Tabb
Gregory W. Tucker
Nanny Warren
James Weiss
Sander Wise

Meet the Staff

Stephen Jacobsohn, President

Stephen Jacobsohn is President of Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS), Baltimore's premier presenter of chamber music and solo recitals. He began his tenure at SHCS in May 2009 as Executive Director. Under Mr. Jacobsohn’s leadership, SHCS has carved out a distinct artistic niche in Baltimore’s competitive market. Mr. Jacobsohn’s programming of artists who are rarely heard in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area have made SHCS a musical destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. During his tenure, revenues have increased annually and the Series has ended each of its last five consecutive seasons with surpluses. In January 2014, he was named President.

From 2005-2009, Mr. Jacobsohn was the Manager of Artistic Administration for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). During this time, Stephen also held extended interim positions including Director of Orchestra Personnel and Director of Operations for the BSO.

Stephen attended his first live chamber music concert at the age of four and describes himself as hooked ever since. He began studying piano soon thereafter. As a teen, he studied the cello, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Music in cello performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory and a Master of Music in cello performance at the Manhattan School of Music. After a brief career as an active freelancer throughout the United States and abroad, Stephen made the decision to put down his cello and focus his energies on creating performance opportunities for talented artists. He began his career in arts administration in 2004 as Artist and Operations Manager for a boutique agency in New York. 

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