Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Names 12 Finalists

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The 12 composer finalists in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 have been announced. The project began with 60 composer candidates and will conclude with the selection of four Orpheus commission recipients who will be revealed in early October.

The composers selected to advance to the final round in Project 440 are:

Timothy Andres
Tyondai Braxton
Yu-Hui Chang
Eric Guinivan
Alexandre Lunsqui
Dylan Mattingly
Alex Mincek
Clint Needham
Andrew Norman
Paola Prestini
Sean Shepherd
Cynthia Wong

The project is documented online on the WQXR website and on Facebook, where fans and members of the public have engaged in debate about each of the candidates and Project 440 as a whole.

All of the decisions regarding the elimination of candidates are made by a selection committee comprised of Orpheus musicians and staff, as well as previously commissioned composers. Orpheus cellists and selection committee members Jonathan Spitz and Eric Bartlett have created a series of videos to document the project from their perspective as well. Those videos are available through the Orpheus YouTube channel.

(—condensed from the press release)

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