The Orpheus Institute is a customizable engagement program for corporations and educational institutions that shows teams how to maximize their potential.

As the only major orchestra that rehearses, performs, and records without a conductor, the Grammy-award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is highly sought after by businesses as a dynamic model showcasing how to achieve a competitive advantage through collaborative leadership.

“Orpheus is famous for a novel approach to management. The result is a sense of ownership that delivers a collective mind and spirit.”

— Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford

Programs are available in varying lengths, from single sessions of 2-4 hours to mini-residencies of 2-3 weeks. Activities may include:

Panel Discussion with Orpheus’ elected Artistic Directors

A dynamic presentation identifies the Orpheus Process™, the techniques and commitment required for success, and the benefits and challenges to utilizing a team of leaders rather than a single authority.

Rehearsal Demonstration

A real-time demonstration of an orchestra rehearsal using Orpheus’ collaborative leadership model. Participants observe a working team in action and apply concepts to business situations, with the guidance of musicians.

Guided Discussions

Break-out groups explore, with an Orpheus musician, how collaboration can aid creative problem solving, strategic planning and implementation, and conflict-resolution within teams.

Orpheus has been privileged to collaborate with various corporations, including:

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“Orpheus Chamber Orchestra co-creates an experience that mirrors the collective leadership behaviors we are engendering in our culture at IBM. Their creative process is a perfect metaphor for the changes driving our transformation as an agile organization.”  – Wagner Denuzzo, Vice President, Leadership and Management Development, IBM


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“…Musical democracy in its most enlightened form – a true collaboration in which every player can voice his or her own ideas.”

— The Chicago Tribune