As IRIS Orchestra celebrates its exciting 16th season the success of this unique orchestral model is apparent. IRIS consists of virtuosic musicians drawn from leading orchestras, universities and chamber groups in the country and abroad, and is the resident orchestra at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) in Germantown, Tennessee. IRIS is both a lively community of musicians and an exhilarating laboratory for musical discovery and excellence.
IRIS upholds a commitment to the highest standard in performance under the leadership of Artistic Director, Michael Stern. Our purpose is to present innovative programming by combining treasures of the classical cannon with exciting American repertoire, including new works commissioned and premiered by IRIS; and to bring consistent service to the community.
New Resident Quartet
IRIS Orchestra is seeking four musicians of color to act as a Resident Quartet in Memphis, Tennessee beginning August 2016 through the summer of 2017. We are seeking two violins, one viola, and one cello.
The fellowship will include living accommodations for the year and a small stipend. Candidates must have reliable transportation.
Artists Fellows will
- work 20 hours each week in a local high school helping the music teacher with various activities
- perform at hospitals, senior living facilities, schools and in underserved areas
- perform with IRIS Orchestra during the five concert weeks
- work in the IRIS Orchestra business office as needed
The best candidates will:
- Have the highest level of artistic proficiency in their instrument
- Be willing and experienced in teaching music at various levels
- Be of African American or Hispanic descent, or self identify as a person of color
The application requires a resume, cover letter, a 250 word essay, and an audition recording.
Finalists will be invited to Memphis the week of April 25. Selection of the four Artist Fellows will be made by May 13th.