The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the resident orchestra of New York City’s beloved summer music festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival

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The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at David Geffen Hall

Who We Are

We are a 42 piece ensemble made up of world class musicians with versatile backgrounds.  

 

For five weeks in July and August, our talented and passionate group of international musicians comes together at David H. Geffen Hall to spread the joy of music through Mozart and beyond.

Community
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Laura Frautschi (violin), Ann Kim (cello) and Shmuel Katz (viola) performing for front line workers at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

With our concert hall closed and our season canceled this past year, our members brought music outdoors to perform for first responders at various hospitals throughout the city, expressing our gratitude for everything they have been doing to keep us all safe. 

We also participated in the Food Bank NY events on the Lincoln Center Campus, where fresh food was distributed to anyone in need.

Education
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Mostly Mozart members Ruggero Allifranchini (violin), Amy Kauffman (violin), Alvin McCall (cello) and Ann Kim (cello) coaching young musicians from the Harlem School of the Arts via Zoom

While reinventing the way ensembles engage with the community, our orchestra members have also been showing their deep commitment to sharing their musical knowledge with young musicians through initiatives that bring students from local music schools into our professional world. We offer free coachings and masterclasses and give students an opportunity to experience real-world classical music scenarios.

 

One of our goals is to develop a pipeline to help facilitate a career in the performing arts for young artists from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the orchestral field.  We currently collaborate with such programs as the Harlem School of the Arts, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, the Harmony Program, the Chamber Music Center of NY, BridgeMusik, Juilliard MAP, Opportunity Music Project, and several El Sistema based programs such as the Corona Youth Music Project, Orchestrating Dreams, UpBeat NYC, the East River Music Project and the Union City Music Project.

Off Season
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Alvin McCall (cello, pictured center) warming up before a Mostly Mozart concert at Damrosch Bandshell

When not playing at Mostly Mozart, our members are performing year round as soloists, chamber musicians, on Broadway and in major orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the National Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to name just a few.