Orpheus Chamber Orchestra joined us here in Blacksburg on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014,  along with special guest, violinist Ryu Goto, for an exquisitely beautiful performance.

Violinist Ryu Goto

Violinist Ryu Goto

However, before the performance, local music students got a special treat: members of the Radford Youth Orchestra and string students in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts were invited to sit in on Orpheus’ rehearsal. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is known for its democratic rehearsal style, a technique known (and trademarked!) as the Orpheus Process. The process is based on eight principles:

  1. Put power in the hands of the people doing the work,
  2. Encourage individual responsibility for product and quality,
  3. Create clarity of roles,
  4. Foster horizontal teamwork,
  5. Share and rotate leadership,
  6. Learn to listen, learn to talk,
  7. Seek consensus (and build creative systems that favor consensus), and
  8. Dedicate passionately to your mission.

During the rehearsal, it was clear that the orchestra members felt comfortable sharing their observations on the sound as a whole, and the other members felt just as comfortable listening to the suggestions for improvement.

Members of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (and violinist Ryu Goto) listen as one member shares their thoughts on how to improve the sound.

Members of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (and violinist Ryu Goto) listen as one member shares their thoughts on how to improve the sound.

For more about Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and their Orpheus Process, visit their website.

You can also see more photos from the rehearsal below, or click here to view our Flickr set.

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