The Discovery Orchestra
About The Discovery Orchestra
Transforming Listening, Enhancing Lives
In our present day culture of instant gratification and short sound bites, we believe in the power of listening to help us connect with each other and ourselves. Noticing the many expressive details of classical music can touch deep emotional chords within us, creating powerful ‘peak experiences.’ Since 1996 Artistic Director George Marriner Maull and The Discovery Orchestra have helped audience members to personally encounter “Aha!” moments in music through interactive live concerts, television shows, online educational videos and now on the radio.
The omnipresence of electronically reproduced music in today’s society has trained us to merely hear music as a background that accompanies dining, driving, reading, texting…virtually every activity. We’ve been conditioned to ignore music. Devoting time to classical music listening is a rarity in American homes and schools. Generations have grown up without experiencing just how meaningful classical music listening can be. The Discovery Orchestra creates transformative experiences for audience members of all ages, from novices to knowledgeable classical fans.
The Orchestra was founded in 1987 as the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, a professional ensemble that presented traditional symphonic concerts. Beginning with our first Discovery Concert® in 1996, and culminating with our name change in 2006, all programs now feature interactive instruction.
The Discovery Orchestra presents: Discovery Concerts, Intimate Afternoon Chamber Music Recitals and Community Outreach programs for underserved youth and seniors. Nationally and internationally, from 2003 to the present, millions of viewers have experienced musical discovery through broadcasts and sales of our television programs: Bach to the Future (Emmy nomination), Discover Beethoven’s 5th (Emmy nomination and three Telly Awards), Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Emmy Nomination and three Telly Awards), and Fall in Love with Music (two Telly Awards). We also reach audiences through our Discovery Orchestra Chat short-form videos, available on YouTube and Amazon Prime, and streamed to classrooms by Films Media Group. Maestro Maull’s radio program, Inside Music, is broadcast on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 7:30pm on WWFM The Classical Network, and can be streamed online at wwfm.org.
The Discovery Orchestra receives support from businesses, foundations, individuals and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. It is a priority to provide free or discount tickets to underserved constituents for many of our programs. We invite you to call us at 973-379-2200 or visit our website at DiscoveryOrchestra.org.
“I found this [Discover Dvorak’s New World video series] on Amazon Prime by chance. It is one of the best instructional videos I know…I am a keen amateur musician and although I try hard, I find music theory from a book somewhat hard to digest. However, the explanations and examples in this video are clear and enjoyable…The video teaches you to listen and encourages you to keep listening because it is fun!”