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A NEW KIND OF SOUND


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra discusses "The Orpheus Process," a collaborative approach to performance.

By Beena Raghavendran, The Diamondback
 

Cellist Melissa Meell said many orchestra members hesitate and often wait a beat when coming in to play, unsure of when to start.
But this university’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which Meell is a member of, has none of that hesitation, she said.
 
“There’s a pop to the sound, an energetic, vibrant sound,” she said.
And that’s because the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, this university’s in-house orchestra comprised of about 30 professional musicians, doesn’t practice or perform with a conductor. Instead, members collaborate and listen to each other’s opinions when deciding how to interpret and play various classical pieces, ranging from Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and concertos to Beethoven’s upbeat and fast-paced pieces.
 
That collaboration has helped Orpheus become one of the world’s finest and most reputable orchestras. Its process — dubbed the “Orpheus Process” — has proven so successful that several Fortune 500 companies have studied it as a potential business model.

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Date of Publication: 
3/27/12