A standard bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus is renowned as one of the world's foremost chamber orchestras. For nearly four decades, the orchestra has been making music on a global stage, with tours from Brunei to Vienna. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly at major New York venues with esteemed soloists and rising stars. Dedicated to the integration of innovation and tradition, Orpheus has expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire with 34 original commissions and prides itself on collaborations with dynamic artists across multiple genres. Orpheus' legendary discography comprises over 70 albums, including the Grammy® Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures. Each Carnegie Hall performance is broadcast live on WQXR-New York Public Radio and rebroadcast on American Public Media's “Performance Today” and “SymphonyCast,” for a total of 1.6 million weekly listeners nationwide.
Orpheus is committed to changing the way the world thinks about orchestras, organizational dynamics, and creative leadership. By performing without a conductor and integrating musicians into virtually every facet of the organization, Orpheus empowers its members and infuses performances with unparalleled energy. The Orpheus ProcessTM, an original method that places democracy at the center of artistic execution, has been the focus of studies at Harvard and Stanford, and of leadership seminars at Morgan Stanley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, among others. On and off the stage, Orpheus provides learning opportunities for over 1,500 New York City public school students each year. The Orpheus Institute offers musicians, university students, and business leaders experiential training in collective leadership through the Orpheus ProcessTM. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program is expanding nationwide; the 2011-2012 season will feature the launch of a year-long residency at University of Maryland and ongoing activities at Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the University of Connecticut.
Members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be panelists at our October, 2012 symposium: Information, Space and Time: The Arts, Creativity and Learning in the 21st Century.