Orpheus Named University of Maryland's 2011-2012 Arts and Humanities Artist-in-Residence

$450,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

In addition to continuing its tradition of the highest caliber performing seasons, Orpheus is committed to education. The organization strives not only to expand audiences' conception of traditional repertoire with invigorating concerts and new commissions, but also to change the way orchestras and performing arts organizations can educate a community. In light of these aims, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to accept an appointment as Artist-in-Residence in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland (UMD) for the 2011-2012 season. The residency will provide UMD music students with the opportunity to experience the democratic Orpheus Process™ of conductorless ensemble performance through coaching sessions, rehearsals, master classes and performances.

In December, Orpheus received a $450,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a national expansion of the Orpheus Institute: a leadership training program that will provide the next generation of musicians and university students with opportunities to experience the Orpheus Process™ first-hand. The orchestra has worked with musicians at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School for the past several years, building their collaborative skills and individual potential within student-led ensembles. This generous grant will allow Orpheus to expand its activities to mentor both music and non-music students in shared leadership at other universities and conservatories.

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