2018-2019 IRIS ARTIST FELLOWS
The IRIS Artist Fellowship residency program offers emerging musicians from historically underrepresented populations in classical music a year of outstanding performance experience with guided opportunities to exercise their passion for community service through music engagement. This year’s Fellows are Carrington Truehart, cello and Rosa Ortega, viola. Together they keep a busy schedule mentoring young musicians in Memphis area schools, creating community-building music opportunities, and performing as members of IRIS Orchestra and as a chamber ensemble. Learn More about the IRIS Artist Fellowship Program.
If you would like to support the IRIS Artist Fellowship residency program, Marcia Kaufmann, Executive Director, is available to talk. She would be delighted to discuss ways to structure your gift so that it is helpful to this program and these emerging artists, while being meaningful and personal to you. Marcia can be reached at the IRIS Orchestra office at (901)751-7669. Correspondence and gifts should be forwarded to her attention at: IRIS Orchestra 1801 Exeter Rd. Germantown, TN 38138.
Memphis native Carrington Truehart is the newest cello fellow in the IRIS Artist Fellowship program. Truehart received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis. He has been a member of the Jackson Symphony, PRIZM ensemble, and more. Truehart deeply values IRIS Orchestra’s commitment to supporting diversity and community outreach.
Puerto Rican violist Rosa Ortega is the newest viola fellow in the IRIS Artist Fellowship program. An experienced educator, Rosa has taught violin and viola at the Puerto Rican Institute of Music, Philadelphia String Project, Play on Philly! (POP!), and has coached younger chamber groups at the Dali Quartet International Music Festival. She looks forward to working with students here in Memphis.