"Robert Whalen led the orchestra in a wonderful reading of the score. It was the best performance from the pit that I have ever heard from this group. His leadership showed that he has a long and productive future…”

Hyde Park Herald


Don't miss the Barnes Ensemble Premiere.

September 30 - October 8, 2017
The Barnes Ensemble Premiere Festival

The Barnes Ensemble launches this month in celebration of the Five-Year Anniversary at the Barnes Foundation. The debut festival includes the JACK Quartet and composers-in-residence Chaya Czernowin and Eric Wubbels, with Music Director Robert Whalen and the World Premiere of Clara Iannotta's dead wasps in a jam-jar (ii) (2017). Twenty String Fellows from around the world join the Barnes Ensemble for this nine-day festival of contemporary music, with performances across Philadelphia from September 30 - October 8!

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September 20, 2017
Barnes Ensemble 2018 Fellowships Live!

Applications for 2018 are live now through November 6 at

Be among the first to see our release of further information on the artists and repertoire in 2018. The Barnes Ensemble returns to the Barnes from March 5-9, 2018 and June 11-15, 2018 with Steven Schick and again in October 2018 with exciting artistic details to release in January 2018!

June 18, 2017
Robert Whalen received this review from the Philadelphia Inquirer for his performance of Vigilia at the Barnes Foundation, in the launch of Resounding Voices, a choral series showcasing vocal traditions from around the world. Whalen led the talented Philadelphia Voices in this inaugural program featuring a complete performance of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s stunning Vigilia for a cappella choir.

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