Chris & Toddie Getman
Chris Getman is a professional who has worn many hats throughout the course of his career: from English teacher and coach at The Hotchkiss School, to Associate Director of the Yale Alumni Fund, to First Vice President with Merrill Lynch, and finally, as President of Soundview Capital Management in the present . Through all of these opportunities, Chris and his wife Toddie have been deeply rooted in the civic fabric of New Haven. Foremost in their hearts, however, has been the enduring legacy of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Although Chris recalls his first experience with classical music as using a Haydn record to play Frisbee, a music appreciation class at Yale University opened his eyes to the splendor of the orchestra. Citing Mozart and Wagner as personal favorites, the Getman family has strived to instill this generational love of classical music in both their children and grandchildren. Yet as symphonies around the nation continue shutting their doors, Chris and Toddie realized their own responsibility to give back to the arts and secure a musical heritage from which their grandchildren and great-grandchildren can learn and prosper. Through a fund managed by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Getman family has done their part to guarantee the impact of the Symphony they admire, in the city that they love, in perpetuity. Chris and Toddie hope that the power of planned giving to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will inspire others to make their voices heard as well. Chris observed how “we’re in a position where we can and want to give something back… you give back to whatever has made your life worthwhile. Having your money someplace where you know it will be working forever is a pretty gratifying experience.”
Please consider planned giving with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra through the Legacy Society. Your trust, bequest, or preferred form of giving will resonate with audiences for generations to come.