IRIS Orchestra, based in Germantown, Tennessee, has announced the members of its IRIS Artist Fellows Program, a professional training program offering instruction, in-the-field experience, and network building for young professional string musicians who identify as Black/African-American, Latino, or both. The program, now in its second year, offers training in pedagogy, chamber performance, and orchestral playing; the musicians perform with IRIS Orchestra and Music Director Michael Stern, are mentored by IRIS musicians and guest artists, and receive a salary and housing in Memphis. This year’s participants are cellist Dara Hankins, violinist Marcos Santos, and violist Gabriel Polycarpo. They will perform as a string trio and will also appear with IRIS Orchestra throughout the 2017-18 season. In conjunction with Memphis Music Initiative’s in-school program, the trio will teach at several area schools. IRIS Orchestra is the professional resident orchestra at Germantown Performing Arts Center. The orchestra’s mission is to provide outstanding experiences in the concert hall, classroom, and the Mid-South through music, education, and mentoring programs. Find out more here.
Posted July 27, 2017