Ubuntu-Shruti professional training orchestra

An exciting new professional training orchestra of young, empowered musicians and distinguished mentors creating inspired music and programming focused on immigrants, community and education through music.

Ubuntu-Shruti made its first appearances at

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace 2011
African-American Music - A Place of Sanctuary Tippett, A Child of Our Time
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace 2010
Mass in Time of a Drone War
Haydn, Mass in Time of War
Kuss, Doina for Cello and Orchestra
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

The Vision

  • Creating access for New York City immigrant communities to classical music and opera
  • High-level training and mentoring for young musicians entering in the profession to experience the highest international levels of music-making
  • An orchestral paradigm that take its energies from the principles of chamber music, of leadership from every single chair whether in from of the back, of sectional accountability and mutual empowerment
  • Creating a public forum for musicians and music to contribute to the most pressing issues in our local and global communities
  • Hosting an El Sistema-inspired music education and empowerment program in New York City focused on children in low-income immigrant and other NYC communities

Components of the Orchestra

  • Professional training orchestra of recent US conservatory graduates and mentors
  • Mentoring by senior artists in the New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, etc.
  • Opera in languages of the immigrant diaspora in New York City
  • Community youth music education and empowerment
  • Each program will be contained within a calendar week with a  very full schedule of rehearsals and concerts.
  • Commitment to the full season is a requirement.
  • The orchestra provides a fellowship of not less than $300 per program.