Orchestra Next with Brian McWhorter, conductor

Orchestra Next is a training orchestra and the resident orchestra with the Eugene Ballet Company.  Now in its 8th season, Orchestra Next has performed many productions with the Eugene Ballet, performed live national anthems for the World Indoor Track & Field Championships medal ceremonies, performed for Cirque Musica, and collaborated with the Eugene Concert Choir, Soromundi Lesbian Choir of Eugene, and UO Theatre Department. Orchestra Next has managed to capture the hearts and minds of the region by remixing the orchestral model – providing live music for staged productions and much-needed experience for aspiring professional musicians. Resurrecting the tradition of the mentor-apprentice relationship, Orchestra Next combines Eugene’s creative and vibrant professionals with the region’s most talented protégés. Orchestra Next’s debut recording – Kenji Bunch’s The Snow Queen – was released on Innova Recordings.

Brian McWhorter is Music Director for Orchestra Next. “A minicelebrity for the mayhem of the creative process,” (The New York Times) Brian McWhorter is one of the most sought-after artist-musicians of his generation.  His career has taken him all over the world with genre-bending projects such as Beta Collide, Meridian Arts Ensemble and Pink Baby Monster. He has appeared as principal trumpet and soloist with numerous orchestras and has conducted a variety of ensembles from Third Angle Ensemble to the All-Star Brass, and was the conductor for the opening ceremonies of the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships.  As Notman of the The Eugene Weekly recently wrote: “ambitious music projects are like catnip for Brian McWhorter” – Orchestra Next just happens to be the most ambitious project of his career so far. Brian McWhorter is associate professor of music at the University of Oregon where he teaches applied music, directs the popular Performing Arts Camp for the Summer Academy of Inspired Learning (SAIL), and teaches a course called Meditation for Performers which is designed for all performers, from musicians to dancers – actors to athletes.  He has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Banff Centre Brass Residency, Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar, Princeton University, Louisiana State University and is a guest instructor for Stanford University’s Amsterdam Trans-Idiomatic Arts Practicum.  His work as a teacher and artist was recently featured in a documentary about the creative process called I Live for Art [bluedot productions].