The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra announced that it has been appointed Artist-in-Residence in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland for the 2011-12 season. The residency came about following the orchestra’s receipt of a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in December for program expansion; a portion of that grant will support Orpheus’s residency activity and program development at the University of Maryland. During the residency, students and faculty will have the opportunity to experience Orpheus’s conductorless ensemble performance process during four campus visits that will include coaching sessions, rehearsals, and masterclasses. Orpheus members will perform in a concert with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in February 2012, as well as in side-by-side concerts with UMD’s Symphony Orchestra (December 2011) and in a chamber music concert with School of Music faculty featuring the Mendelssohn Octet (spring 2012). In summer 2012 Orpheus members will work with chamber orchestras at the University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1972 and based in New York City, is a self-governing ensemble that performs without a conductor and rotates musical leadership roles for each work performed.
Posted March 15, 2011