In 1997, Paul Surapine, a New York-trained clarinetist, began creating performance opportunities for professional musicians in the MetroWest region by organizing and engaging the assistance of the business community and private donors in support of musical offerings commensurate with the rich cultural history of the greater Milford region. These efforts culminated in the creation of the Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization which has long been, and which continues to be, the sustaining vehicle behind the various musical offerings Claflin Hill fans have come to know and love.
The mainstay of the Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, Inc. is the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO). The Orchestra was created and had its first performance in May of 2000, and has since delivered a full season of symphony orchestra concerts each year in the historic Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town Hall. Claflin Hill also produces an annual outdoor, summer concert series in Milford, as well as a Chamber Music Series which takes place in the Whitin Mill Building in the heart of the historic Blackstone Valley.
Recently, the CHSO became the parent to the Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies (CHYS) (formerly the MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra). Claflin Hill is dedicated to the long-term sustainability of rich cultural and artistic offerings. Now in its 14th season, CHYS consists of student musicians from towns and cities throughout central and eastern Massachusetts – stretching from Blackstone to Belmont -- producing professional quality musical talent.