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:
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)