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James Orleans has been a member of the BSO since 1983. He was previously a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music activities have included Boston Music Viva, Collage New Music, and the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Orleans has written articles on 20th-century music programming and has served on advisory panels of organizations including the American Composers Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Composition, Indiana University; B.M., magna cum laude, The Boston Conservatory. Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center. Recordings on CRI, Northeastern, GM.

Photo by Marco Borggreve/courtesy BSO


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