D.C.’s National Orchestral Institute, diversifying young-musician training

Posted on: June 17, 2019

An informal concert by the Adelphi Quartet last Thursday in College Park, Maryland, attended by participants in the National Orchestral Institute (NOI), “represented the nexus of several initiatives … of NOI, which every year convenes some of the best young instrumentalists in the nation,” writes Anne Midgette in Sunday’s (6/16) Washington Post. “NOI helped create this group, the Adelphi Quartet, in 2017. Preparing young musicians for a career in music looks different now than it did in 1988, when NOI began. A big part of instrumentalists’ training has always been learning to play orchestral excerpts…. But [as] orchestras … become more diverse in their personnel and their programming, institutions like NOI can play an active role in that kind of shift. The Adelphi Quartet is an example: It was born of a 2017 fellowship that the Sphinx Organization … gave the Peruvian-born cellist Marza Wilks…. In the past couple of years, NOI began a partnership with [the recording label] Naxos…. On Saturday night, the NOI Philharmonic’s concert was also [a] recording session … led by David Alan Miller … an unusual and bracing program that included Walter Piston’s 5th Symphony and Gershwin’s Concerto in F.”

Posted June 17, 2019