Artistic: IRIS Orchestra

Posted on: September 27, 2018

IRIS Orchestra has announced cellist CARRINGTON TRUEHART and violist ROSA ORTEGA as the 2018-19 participants in its IRIS Artist Fellow program. The Memphis-based orchestra launched the program in the 2016-17 season to address the under-representation of African-Americans and Latinos in classical music. As artist fellows, Truehart and Ortega will perform in all of IRIS’s orchestral series concerts in the 2018-19 season, which begins Oct. 1. Between orchestra events, the fellows will focus on chamber music performance, education, youth development, and community-building projects throughout Memphis.

Carrington Truehart is a native Memphian and studied at the University of Memphis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in cello performance. He is a member of the Jackson Symphony in Jackson, Tennessee, and occasionally performs with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and PRIZM Ensemble.

Rosa Ortega is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where her mother served as assistant principal cellist for the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She received her bachelor’s degree in viola performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, studying with artists including Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Posted September 27, 2018