The Second Presbyterian Concert Series was founded in 1987 by Margaret Budd, then organist of Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Some years later, Budd attended a candlelight concert at St. Martin in the Fields church in London and began to envision similar evenings of chamber music in Baltimore. With the collaboration of members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the evening Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts were initiated in 1995.
Each year since 1990, the organization has presented the Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition. This competition is funded by a bequest of the late philanthropist Russell Wonderlic and exists to develop the careers and talents of young pianists and vocalists in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Numerous distinguished musicians have performed in the series, including pianists Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Awadagin Pratt, Eric Zuber, Kevin Kenner, and Simone Dinnerstein; singers Spiro Malas, John Shirley Quirk, Theodora Hanslowe, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and Hyunah Yu; organists Dame Gillian Weir, Donald Sutherland, and Fred Swann; cellist Amit Peled; and oboist Katherine Needleman.
The organization was renamed Community Concerts at Second in 2002 and became a separate entity and nonprofit organization in 2004. Community Concerts at Second is governed by a volunteer board of up to 25 members and a part-time Managing Director, who directs the daily operations of the organization. The organization is now in its fourth decade of service to the community, with Beth Ann Felder serving as President.
(Adapted from http://www.communityconcertsatsecond.org/about.html, last accessed 2017 November 20)