The Nassau Music Society (NMS) stands proudly on its legacy and looks to the future with excitement and optimism.
NMS is a non-profit, charitable organisation, and also a community made up of our audiences, Members, Sponsors , and Students , all connected by a shared passion for music and its transformative power. Despite challenges faced by arts organisations across the world we seek to remain relevant and vibrant in our presentation of world class music events and our commitment to nurturing the next generation of musical talent.
Musical Excellence. The NMS has promoted musical excellence since its inception. The list of outstanding past performers who have graced our local stages is too long to list here but standout concerts include: The English Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow
Soloists, The Ensemble Du Monde Orchestra, Natalie Gutman, The Harlem Boys Choir as well as several winners of the prestigious Santander International Piano Competition.
Community & Outreach. Programs for children and students have long been part of NMS’s commitment to the community. Where possible, our visiting artists offer free masterclasses to local
students and, since last season, an outstanding student performer opens each of our concerts. NMS has also been consistent in awarding scholarships and grants to local students. As we move into our next 50 years it is our goal to be a platform for the depth of musical talent that exists in the Bahamas.
We can’t do it without you. We are ever grateful for the generosity of corporate sponsors, private donors, membership subscribers, advertisers and even attendees at our concerts and events. You are what make our annual concert series, education and outreach efforts possible. Thank you!
The Nassau Music Society just celebrated a half century of fostering music in our small island nation. Our attention now turns to the next 50 years and we are thrilled to welcome our 51st season with an exciting array of concerts and events.
Through dedication to our mission and the committed effort of our volunteers and sponsors, NMS will continue to organize world-class musical activities and to support students and local artists. Our educational support extends beyond the scholarships and grants we provide. NMS also has an outreach program to bring its concerts and master classes to schoolchildren throughout The Bahamas. Many of the most prominent musicians in The Bahamas can attribute some part of their success to the financial and other support of NMS.
This season, we are pleased to continue our partnerships with “the Current” at Baha Mar and the Lyford Cay International School. Two successful seasons with each partner showed us new ways to reach the community and best serve our audiences. Our new alliance with Yale University School of Music will offer a mutually beneficial exchange: emerging artists will gain international performing experience and our local audience will get a look at the musicians of the future.
NMS programs will continue to feature top Bahamian musicians -- talented students as well as local professional performers. This season will include our newest initiative, an all-Bahamian showcase concert that will present a range of musical styles, from choral to Rake-n-Scrape.
This season could not happen without the hard work and dedication of our committee members, volunteers, and the continued generosity of our partners in local businesses and the community. We also thank our generous sponsors for their ongoing support.
We thank YOU for supporting live music – your support enables us to make our mission a reality. We are thrilled to welcome this season’s artists and groups, and invite you, the audience, to experience the musical splendor.
--Christine Gangelhoff, Artistic Director