Orchestra 2001 seeks dynamic new board members as it enters the most exciting transition in its three-decade history. We are especially seeking board members with skills in finance, fundraising, legal issues, marketing and public relations, but all areas of expertise are welcomed.

Currently entering its 28th season, Orchestra 2001 is dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, premiering new works, providing a major focus for the best new music of our time, and reaching out to regional, national and international audiences.

In addition to concerts in Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001 is the Ensemble-In-Residence at Swarthmore College. Following the retirement of its Founder and Artistic Director, James Freeman, an international search for the new Artistic Director was undertaken. Four exciting and very accomplished candidates were chosen from over 70 applicants from across the US and 20 foreign countries.

Each of the four Artistic Director finalists will select and conduct a program of their choosing during the 2015-16 season, with the new Artistic Director selected in April 2016, to begin the following Fall. The organization also seeks to expand and diversify its local audiences by adding concerts with new formats and at alternative venues; each of the candidates will be asked to lead one of their concerts at a Philadelphia alternative venue of their choice, in any concert presentation format they wish.

Orchestra 2001 has had great influence on the lives of composers, young and old, in particular, in the relationship it has with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Media, Pennsylvania resident George Crumb. Orchestra 2001 is the pre-eminent interpreter of Mr. Crumb’s music and has performed his music at Carnegie’s Zankel Theater and Miller Theater in New York, the Library of Congress, at the Kimmel Center, and at important festivals around the world.

Orchestra 2001 received a Knight Arts Challenge grant to present its largest concert series ever in 2014, “New Music Celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King,” including three premieres and outreach to African-American communities and students across Philadelphia.

In Fall 2015, Orchestra 2001 will perform the Philadelphia premieres of “Inuksuit for 99 Percussionists,” a striking outdoor performance piece by 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2015 Grammy Award-winning composer John Luther Adams.

What makes Orchestra 2001 unique among Philadelphia's performing arts groups?

Orchestra 2001 believes that every concert series can be a unique and often unexpected experience, with ensemble sizes varying from four to fifty performers, collaborations with dance, opera, theater, art, and musical genres ranging from Renaissance to world music, jazz and electronic.

Orchestra 2001 chooses not have a concert “home” in Philadelphia; concert venues have included the Kimmel Center, Barnes Museum, Irvine Auditorium, Holy Trinity Church, Curtis Institute, International House, Annenberg Center, and Ethical Society. Plans are now underway to reach new audiences by exploring alternative venues ranging from rock clubs to warehouses to large public parks.


Orchestra 2001 is proud to have 19 professionally-released recordings that have received national and international acclaim, including a 2015 Grammy Award Nomination.

Tours – Orchestra 2001 is Going Places!

As the recipient of multiple NEA touring grants, the ensemble embarked on an exciting multi-year project in 2012 to present George Crumb’s “American Songbooks,” all written for, premiered by and recorded first by Orchestra 2001. These tours aim to reach diverse American audiences and have included rural Appalachia, the Navajo Nation in the Southwest, and historically black colleges in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, with future plans for tours in New England and Alaska.

Orchestra 2001 has presented concerts at leading venues and festivals in Denmark, England, Russia, and Slovenia, the Salzburg Festival in Austria (2005), the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music in Cuba (2012), in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Qatar (2014), and in China at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Tianjin Grand Theater and Nanning ASEAN Music Days (2015).



Board members of Orchestra 2001 are expected to:

– Be active and involved members of the Board;

– Attend Board meetings and committee meetings regularly;

– Serve on committees of the Board;

– Make their annual financial contribution promptly and in full for each fiscal year;

– Bring their expertise to bear on matters concerning the Board and O2001.

If you would like to be considered for membership on Orchestra 2001’s Board of Directors, please submit a resume and one-page letter expressing your interest and qualifications to:

Please use: "Orchestra 2001 Board – [Name]" in the header of the e-mail. Orchestra 2001 requests that all contacts be submitted electronically.