Photo by Geoff Sheil
In June 2015, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival began a multi-year partnership with Naxos Records, the world’s leading classical musical label. Through this unique partnership, NOI+F student musicians record an album of American music that is released in more than 40 countries worldwide. The only recording collaboration of its kind in the country, the partnership resulted in a “Best Orchestral Performance” Grammy nomination for 2018 album Ruggles, Stucky & Harbison: Orchestral Works.
Conducted by Albany Symphony’s renowned Music Director David Alan Miller, the album was recorded at The Clarice in June 2017. The musicians had only worked together for two weeks when the recording took place.NOI+F students were nominated alongside some of the country’s leading orchestras including Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Seattle Symphony.
“This is a wonderful testament to the talent and passion of the students,” says Director of NOI+F Richard Scerbo.
2019-20 NOI+F Orchestral Futurist Fellow Camille Jones, and University of Maryland student, shares, “I joined NOI when I was young, after my freshman year of college, and did not know I would be part of a nomination of this caliber. It’s a great accomplishment that I did not expect at this stage in my career!”