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Orchestra 2001 occasionally needs help from volunteers for events in the Philadelphia area such as concerts, mailings and benefits. Volunteer duties vary widely and may include distributing posters, mailing letters, or handing out programs at a concert. If you have an interest in volunteering with us, please call 267-687-6243 or contact

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Orchestra 2001 offers Internship opportunities to assist the administrative staff in the operations of the organization. The organization offers a loose structure that can be tailored to the skills of the individual and the immediate needs of the Orchestra 2001. Internships are unpaid, but provide a small fixed expense stipend. We strive to make the experience as worthwhile as possible. If you have an interest in applying for an internship, please call 267-687-6243 or contact

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You can simultaneously promote your business and support new music by purchasing a program ad. 

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Contact Alice with questions or to reserve an ad space: athompson(at)

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Orchestra 2001 seeks dynamic new board members as it completes the most exciting transition in its three-decade history and begins a Strategic Planning process to chart its future. We are especially seeking board members with skills in finance, fundraising, event planning, legal issues, marketing, and public relations, but all areas of expertise are welcomed.

Orchestra 2001 is a collective of adventurous, virtuoso performers dedicated to the music of our time. The ensemble strives to be an international leader in connecting diverse audiences with the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries, engaging new listeners through exhilarating concerts, innovative artistic collaborations, and enriching community partnerships in Philadelphia and beyond.

Following the retirement of its Founder and Artistic Director, James Freeman, an international search for the new Artistic Director was undertaken. Jayce Ogren was selected from 80 candidates and appointed in summer 2016.

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.

The ensemble 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 2017, Orchestra 2001 presented “Environmentally Sound” featuring the music of Pulitzer and Grammy award-winning composer John Luther Adams. Outdoor Philadelphia premieres of Mr. Adams’ “Inuksuit” for 9 to 99 percussionists, and the US premiere of his “Across the Distance” for dozens of French horns were presented at four green space locations across the city.

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 eighty performers, collaborations with dance, opera, theater, art, and musical genres ranging from Renaissance to world music, jazz, rock, and electronic.

Orchestra 2001 chooses not have a single concert home in Philadelphia; concert venues have included the Kimmel Center, Barnes Museum, Bartram’s Gardens, Irvine Auditorium, Race Street Pier, Holy Trinity Church, Curtis Institute, International House, Annenberg Center, Ethical Society, and in Spring 2018, World Café Live and The Fillmore.

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, with plans to visit historically black colleges in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

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), and in Hong Kong universities and the Shanghai Spring Festival (2016).


• Shape the mission and vision
• Engage in strategic planning and policy decisions
• Select, evaluate, develop, and support Executive Director, Artistic Director, Staff, and Board
• Ensure adequate financial resources
• Provide expertise and access for organizational needs
• Build the organization’s reputation and recognition

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.

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