The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) is a unique community of musicians who come together in a supportive environment to enrich the life of our communities through music. Embracing an inclusive approach to music-making, the SOB seeks to democratize both the production and reception of concert music. Founded in 2007 by artistic director Eli Spindel, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn is “quickly solidifying its role as a major orchestral figure in the borough” (I Care if You Listen), providing an enriching creative outlet to hundreds of musicians, and accessible, adventurous programming to thousands of concertgoers and community members.
To date, the SOB has given over 90 concerts and presentations of over 400 new and existing works for string orchestra, full orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Praised for its passionate commitment to the music of our time by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, I Care if You Listen, The New Yorker, and more, the SOB places a special emphasis on the work of living composers. Upcoming highlights for 2017 include the organization’s third annual String Theories Festival, a multi-evening festival featuring over 50 artists and composers from around the world. The festival has commissioned and performed over 20 world premieres. Now in its 10th season, the SOB releases its inaugural album, AfterImage, on June 21, 2017.
Other recent highlights include a 6-hour installation piece for the grand opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with the late Tony Conrad and John Cale. The orchestra is featured on Richard Carrick’s album Cycles of Evolution, and has presented world premieres by such composers as Anthony Coleman, Alexandra Gardner, Judd Greenstein, Katherine Young, Alex Mincek, Catherine Lamb, Scott Wollschleger, Christopher Cerrone, and more. Upcoming commissions include the work of the internationally-based W4 New Music Collective.
The orchestra collaborates with vital Brooklyn-based organizations, including Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, American Opera Projects, GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and the Noel Pointer Foundation. Guest soloists and conductors have included such stars as Tito Muñoz, Charlers Neidich, Steve Beck, Matt Boehler, David Kaplan, Spencer Myer, and MIVOS and Argus String Quartets.
“Incredible displays of artistry, superb programming, and a commitment to commissioning new works make the String Orchestra of Brooklyn a force to be reckoned with.”
– Sam Reising
I Care if You Listen
Brooklyn Art Song Society
Hailed by the New York Times as “ambitious” and “a company well worth watching,” the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its fourth season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2013. Dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music, BASS presents programs of epic scope yet intimate at the same time. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, and Yehudi Wyner, and has commissioned works from Brooklyn-based composers Marie Incontrera and Michael Rose.
American Opera Projects’ mission is to champion innovative works of music theater, to expand the art form, and to identify, develop and present new works by emerging and established talent. Our goal is to create a lasting legacy of relevant music theater and to inspire new audiences with a fresh appreciation for new opera and theater. American Opera Projects, Inc. (AOP) is a driving force behind the revitalization of contemporary opera and musical theater in the United States through its exclusive devotion to creating, developing, and presenting new American opera and music theatre projects.
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy, since its founding in 1998, has been a catalyst for the restoration and revival of the Olmstead and Vaux-designed park, as well as its Stanford White-designed Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. Today they emphasize community-building through free and accessible programming. In 2010, The Conservancy successfully launched its Programming Initiative: a free arts, education, and music program. They produced 20 events in 2010 and have planned for over 35 in 2011.
GHOSTLIGHT is a style-flexible, eclectic vocal ensemble with repertoire ranging from Renaissance Madrigals and Romantic Lieder to Jazz arrangements, sound sculpture compositions and speech-performance pieces with an emphasis on a cappella international choral compositions of the 19th and 20th century. Founded in 2010 by artistic director Evelyn Troester, the ensemble is an elite chamber choir with 16-20 singers focusing on vocal/choral technique work, musicality, intonation and rhythm mastery, as well as creative improvisation.
ISSUE Project Room provides an open and versatile environment where both established and emerging artists can conduct, exhibit and perform new and site-specific work according to their respective visions. Through an evolving collaboration with curators, artists and educators, ISSUE Project Room fosters a wide-range of artistic projects that challenge and expand conventional practices in art. ISSUE Project Room fulfills its mission through a series of innovative programs, events, exhibitions, performances, talks and concerts.
Issue Project Room Website
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn holds regular auditions at the beginning of each rehearsal cycle. If you are interested in auditioning, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a short paragraph about your playing background. All positions are unpaid.
Composers interested in submitting scores should send a zipped folder containing a score, parts, and a recording (if available) to email@example.com. Due to the volume of submissions received, we cannot respond to every request.
Eli Spindel, Artistic Director