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 Discovery programs, television shows, online educational videos, podcasts and 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), Fall in Love with Music (two Telly Awards) and Discover The Firebird (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. Notes from Under the Piano, a new video and podcast series, premiered in 2020 and features Maestro Maull sharing personal stories about his life as a performer, conductor and music educator.
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.
These programs were amazing, truly life-changing. The first few almost overwhelmed me – there was so much that I couldn’t take it all in. When I listened to the last one and was able to follow through to the end, I realized how much I had learned! As I mentioned, I’ve always loved listening to music – my parents (with no musical background) played classical music constantly in the house and bought me records along the lines of “A child’s introduction to classic music” and “listen to the violins” (records that I still have and passed down to my children when they were younger). I continued their tradition of playing “guess the composer” while playing classical music at dinnertime with my children and now they are doing the same with their children.