Mission and Process

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.

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Orpheus was founded in New York City in 1972 by a group of fellow musicians who aspired to apply the chamber music principles of individual participation and personal responsibility to an orchestral setting. Central to Orpheus’ founding principles was the musicians’ commitment to rehearse and perform without a conductor. Orpheus is a self-governing organization; the players demand of one another a high level of personal and musical responsibility.

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