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The Iris Artist Fellowship is a program for rising professional musicians with a passion for engaging music as a tool for social impact while growing in their own artistry. Designed to address the under-representation of Black, African American, and Latinx artists in classical music, the fellowship is directed toward musicians from those populations. The program is designed to provide experiential opportunities in several aspects of a professional music career: including performance, teaching artistry, and community involvement.
Iris Orchestra’s commitment to Greater Memphis is an integral and active part of its mission. Iris’ Community Outreach and Engagement Programs partner with local schools, hospitals, and performance venues to bring the world-class musicians that make up the orchestra into the community it calls home. Included among these many partners are GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School Of Music.
Iris Orchestra is the resident professional orchestra of the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Founded as a bold experiment in September 2000, Iris is proudly still bold and still experimenting. Named after the state flower of Tennessee, Iris was founded by conductor Michael Stern as an ensemble for the 21st century—flexible, non-hierarchical, and passionate about the highest standards of performance. The mission was to serve the community with exceptional music. The vision was a resident ensemble with international reach.