The Orchestra Now

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of vibrant young musicians from across the globe who are making orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience and sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are not only thrilling audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, performing multiple concerts there each season as well as taking part in the annual Bard Music Festival. They also perform regularly at the finest venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others across NYC and beyond. The orchestra has performed with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

We invite you to get to know TŌN and discover music in the making! Explore upcoming concerts, see what our musicians have to say, and more right here at

For more information on the academic program, visit

Music Director
Leon Botstein

Tianpei Ai*
Linda Duan
Jacques Gadway
Dabin Huh*
Bram Kaspar Margoles*
Stuart McDonald
Yurie Mitsuhashi
Gaia Mariani Ramsdell
Dillon Robb
Esther Goldy Roestan*
Gergő Krisztián Tóth
Weiqiao Wu
Ziwei Yang*
Yuqian Zhang

Batmyagmar Erdenebat
Sean Gabriel Flynn*
Lucas Goodman
Katelyn Suzanne Hoag*
Larissa Mapua
Leonardo Vásquez Chacón
Jiawei Yan*
Michael Zahlit*

Kyle Anderson
Lucas Button
Cameron Collins (on leave)
Kelly Knox
Chiyuan Ma*
Sara Jane Page*
Eva Roebuck*
Sarah Schoeffler
Daniel Pecos Singer*

Mariya-Andoniya Henderson
Joshua DePoint
Kaden Henderson
Fred Justin Morgan*
Amy Nickler*
Luke Stence
Zhenyuan Yao

Leanna Irene Ginsburg*
Matthew Ross
Denis Savelyev
Leah Stevens

Regina Brady
Shawn Hutchison*
James Jihyun Kim

Matthew Dean Griffith*
Ye Hu
Rodrigo Orviz Pevida
Viktor Tóth

Carl Gardner
Matthew Gregoire
Adam Romey
Xiaoxiao Yuan*

Luke Baker
Emily Buehler
Sarah Konvalin*
William Loveless VI
Jamie Sanborn (on leave)

Guillermo García Cuesta
Samuel Garrett Exline*
Anita Tóth

David Kidd*
Ian Striedter*

Bass Trombone
Cameron Owen*
Federico Ramos

Jarrod Briley*

Charles Gillette*
William Kaufman (on leave)
Won Suk Lee*
Jacob Lipham*
Miles Salerni
Wanyuè Yè

Emily Melendes
Madeline Claire Olson*

*beginning September 2019

Photo by David DeNee