The Discovery Orchestra
About The Discovery Orchestra
Transforming Listening, Enhancing Lives
We believe the life changing power of listening to classical music helps us to bond with our inner selves and to bond with each other. Noticing the many expressive aspects of music can evoke strong emotional responses from deep within us. Since 1996 Artistic Director George Marriner Maull and The Discovery Orchestra have helped audience members to personally experience these moments in music through our interactive Discovery Concerts©, television shows, online educational videos and radio programs.
The relentless presence of electronically reproduced music in our world has regrettably trained generations of people to merely hear music as a background sonic wallpaper to accompany dining, driving, shopping – virtually every activity in our daily lives. Through no fault of their own, people have been conditioned to ignore music rather than to be completely present with it. The Discovery Orchestra provides transformative listening encounters for people of all ages, from novices to knowledgeable classical music lovers.
The Discovery Orchestra was founded in 1987 as The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, a professional orchestra presenting traditional symphonic concerts. Beginning with our first Discovery Concert in 1996, and culminating with our mission and name change in 2006, all of our programs now feature interactive listening instruction. We teach the listening skills that help people really connect with classical music.
The Discovery Orchestra presents: Discovery Concerts, Intimate Afternoon Chamber Music Recitals and Community Outreach Programs for youth and seniors. Nationally and internationally from 2003 to the present, millions of viewers have experienced the transformative power of classical music listening through broadcasts and sales of our productions distributed by American Public Television: 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). Our television shows and short form Discovery Orchestra Chats© on YouTube are also available on Amazon and are streamed to classrooms around the United States by Films Media Group, based in New York City. Our radio program Inside Music is broadcast on the second and fourth Saturdays every month at 7:30 pm eastern time on WWFM 89.1 The Classical Network in Princeton, and can be streamed worldwide at wwfm.org.
The Discovery Orchestra receives its primary support from individuals, foundations, businesses and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is a priority of The Discovery Orchestra to distribute free or discount tickets to underserved constituents whenever possible. We invite you to call us at 973-379-2200 or visit our website at DiscoveryOrchestra.org. There you will find many music listening resources for teachers, students and interested adults including our Discovery Orchestra Chats, Notes from Under the Piano series, Inside Music radio programs, Listening Guides and much more!
Stumbled upon this quite by accident on our Maryland PBS station. What a joy! Firebird is my favorite piece of music and your wonderful program just enhanced my appreciation of Stravinsky’s genius. Thank you and keep up your great work of feeding our souls!