The Harvard Pierian Foundation (the “Foundation”) came into being in 1962 when the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (the “HRO”) was stranded while on tour in Mexico and turned to alumni and parents for help.  Since then, the Foundation has been dedicated to supporting the activities of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and its alumni.


The Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, and relies on the financial support of our alumni and friends to help provide financial support to the HRO.  The Foundation’s goal is to grow the endowment to continue to provide financial support and security to the HRO.


The Foundation is going through an ambitious effort to increase its support for the HRO and its alumni.  If you’d like to be involved we welcome potential new board members and other supporters.  Please contact us at


Mission Statement

The Foundation’s mission is to support the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and the pre-eminent student-run, professionally conducted symphony orchestra at Harvard University.



The Foundation has set the following goals:

  1. Provide financial support to the HRO, including support for special concerts and major works, summer tours, orchestral retreats, music lessons, music rentals, instrument repairs and social events
  2. Provide guidance to the student leadership of the HRO and help serve as the institutional memory of the HRO
  3. Provide mentorship and networking opportunities for students and alumni
  4. Connect alumni with the HRO and with one another



Membership is open to all alumni of the HRO, who automatically become members of the Foundation upon graduation from Harvard University.  The Foundation has also been fortunate to have had the active support of parents of current and former members of the HRO and friends of the HRO.  There are currently no annual dues.



The Executive Committee comprises the President, Secretary, Parent Liaison, Chair of the Development Committee and Annual Appeal Treasurer.  The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee, ex officio, and non-titled officers.


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