Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400K to expand younger demographic

Posted on: October 14, 2014

“If only a conductor were on its wish list, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra now has the spare cash to hire one,” writes Allan Kozinn in Monday’s (10/13) New York Times. “The 42-year-old ensemble, which has always prided itself on its ability to perform complex works through a collaborative interpretive process, and without anyone on its podium, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant, which the orchestra will receive over three years, has been set aside mostly for Next Generation Orpheus, a new program meant to help the orchestra expand the demographic breadth of its roster, and to navigate the transition from a roster dominated by its founding members to one led by younger performers. Part of the grant will also be used to create part-time staff positions for emeritus members of the orchestra. Among the jobs to be created are two-year positions with the Orpheus Institute, a program in which the ensemble uses its collaborative approach to interpretation and performance as a model for university students in all disciplines.”

Posted October 14, 2014