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Biography
Based in Philadelphia, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2007 as a model for the 21st-century American orchestra. Founded by award-winning Artistic Director Jeri Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl’s mission is to take the audience beyond spectatorship to participation in the musical experience by combining artistic excellence with cultural diversity and innovative community engagement.  Described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “first-class on every level,” Black Pearl's musicians have been trained at leading music conservatories around the globe including the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Peabody Institute among others. 

Black Pearl's concert programming connects countries, cultures and communities in exciting ways As an acknowledgement of its groundbreaking work, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is the only organization ever to win three Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grants.  

        
Through creative use of technology,  groundbreaking educational programs and collaborative partnerships with the city's most prominent education and cultural institutions, Black Pearl has become a nationally-recognized leader in building audiences for classical music by enchanting newcomers and aficionados alike. Black Pearl is proof that when the arts deeply engage a community, that community will enthusiastically participate in the arts!






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