2018 Summer SoundWaves

2018 Sports Camps


“Conduct Us” June 21, 2018, 5 PM - 7PM, Mystic River Park

On Thursday, June 21 from 5pm-7pm, in celebration of Make Music Day, members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will be located at Mystic River Park waiting to perform. All they need is a conductor. Members of the public will have a chance to conduct: In the Hall of the Mountain KingArmed Forces MarchCan-Can, and the 1812 Overture! Anyone and everyone is invited to step up to the podium and try their hand at conducting the orchestra.

Mystic River Park is located on the river adjacent to the historic Mystic drawbridge. There is no fee to enter or use the park and its facilities. The park has even added a new heated public restroom facility. 

Make Music Day Southeastern CT is a part of the international Make Music Day movement, which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.

2018-19 Season general copy:

We are beyond excited to announce our 72nd season’s lineup, curated by Music Director and Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. Major repertoire selections from Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Mahler and many more will bring a thrilling range of sounds to the Garde stage. In addition to these timeless composers, we have co-commissioned a new work by Michael Torke, which will feature violinist, Tessa Lark, performing a bluegrass-style concerto. Along with the esteemed guest artists who will grace the front of the stage will be many familiar faces from within the ECSO’s very own sections. Stephan Tieszen, the ECSO’s Concertmaster for 30 years; principal bass, Tom Green; and principal violist, Barbara Wiggin, will all make featured appearances throughout the season. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will join the ECSO for Verdi’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Mass in C Major.Visit www.ectsymphony.com for more information and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) @ectsymphony

The ECSO offers a range of affordable seating options from $62 to as low as $12 for attendance to one concert. The ECSO will continue to offer those under 40 years of age and active or retired military members $12 tickets in premium sections. Patrons can also take advantage of the Pick 4 subscription, which enables people to schedule our concerts around their busy lives.

Founded in 1946, the mission of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate, and connect our communities through live orchestral music.


Daniel Brandl
Executive Coordinator
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
289 State St., New London, CT 06320
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                  2018 Specialty Camps

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Winners of Eighth Annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge Announced

Builders and homeowners in Mansfield, Norwalk and Mystic demonstrate that super high efficiency homes are achievable


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, have selected three winners for the eighth annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design and build competition for single and multi-family homes. The competition featured seven homes from across the state built between June 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018.

In this nationally recognized initiative, participants are challenged to construct high efficiency homes that consume little to no energy by using sustainable building practices.

“Over the past eight years, the Zero Energy Challenge builders and homeowners have helped to transform new residential construction practices across the state. These participants continued that legacy by designing homes built with long-term sustainability and affordability in mind,” said Taren O’Connor, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board Chair. “I applaud our builders, HERS raters, homeowners and others involved for their dedication and accomplishments. Thank you for championing the zero-energy movement in Connecticut, and demonstrating that these homes are not only great for the environment but affordable and attainable.”

Homes are evaluated on energy efficiency, affordability and replication. Each home’s HERS Index (Home Energy Rating Score) with and without renewables, its thermal envelope, and cost per square foot are assessed to determine the Challenge’s winners. The HERS Index is a nationally standardized scoring system that measures a home’s energy performance. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home; a score of zero represents a net zero energy home.

The 2017 Zero Energy Challenge winners include:

Overall Winner and Lowest HERS Index and Lowest HERS Index without Renewables Category Winner

Project: Courtney and Lynn McCracken Residence, Mystic, Conn.

Builder: Michael Joplin – Joplin Construction, Chester, Conn.

Architect: Robert Mercer and Chris Vernott – Mercer, Bertsche, Vernott Architects, Old Mystic, Conn.

“Forty-six years ago on our first date we dreamed of building and designing a home together – and we never let go of that dream,” said Courtney McCracken, the homeowner. “My naval career exposed us to international living and home design, and through my studies at Brown University, I learned about sustainable building practices. Because of these experiences we decided a sustainable, zero-energy home would best suit our needs for our forever home.”

Best Overall Envelope

Project: Paul and Louise Lewis Residence, Mansfield, Conn.

Builder: Jamie Wolf – Wolfworks, Avon, Conn.

Lowest Cost/Square Foot

Project: Jan Degenshein Residence, Norwalk, Conn.

Builder: Degenshein Architects, Nyack, N.Y.

Specific project information for all entries can be found by visiting CTZeroEnergyChallenge.com.

The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is now seeking participants for its 2018 challenge. Homes must be completed by January 31, 2019. If interested in applying, please visitCTZeroEnergyChallenge.com for more details.

About Energize Connecticut

Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, UI, SCG and CNG, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 877.WISE.USE.