Orchestra Engagement Lab
The Orchestra Engagement Lab (oelvt.org) is a co-commissioning project in which 10-12 orchestras come together around a new commission and around creating the bold local community engagement initiatives that will be attached to it. The kickoff each year is a week long retreat in Vermont in August, with the composer, soloist, orchestra leaders, and team of teaching artists, all of whom contribute to the artistic and community engagement possibilities of the piece and many of the community engagement projects. Each day of the Lab Intensive we experiment by working with community groups near Burlington VT.
This year the OEL is adding a five day Teaching Artist Academy, which trains musicians and music teaching artists to be leaders of ambitious community engagement initiatives. The TA Academy will be led by Eric Booth and some of the most experienced teaching artists in the country.