The Du Bois Orchestra, named after W.E.B. Du Bois, Harvard's first black PhD student, was founded in 2015. With a mission of making music a means to overcome social exclusion, the Du Bois Orchestra is Cambridge's premier professional orchestra. Performing to large, diverse audiences, the ensemble elevates underrepresented composers by performing their works alongside the traditional orchestral masterworks.
Entering its 8th season, the orchestra has established a reputation for musical excellence, world class soloists, engaging programming, and diverse audiences.
In 2020, the Du Bois Orchestra entered a new chapter with the announcement of conductor Dominique Hoskin as the new music director, succeeding Nathaniel Meyer (2017-2020) and Kai Johannes Polzhofer (2015-2017).
“What has this Beauty to do with the world? What has Beauty to do with Truth and Goodness—with the facts of the world and the right actions of men? ‘Nothing’, the artists rush to answer. They may be right. I am but an humble disciple of art and cannot presume to say. I am one who tells the truth and exposes evil and seeks with Beauty and for Beauty to set the world right. That somehow, somewhere eternal and perfect Beauty sits above Truth and Right I can conceive, but here and now and in the world in which I work they are for me unseparated and inseparable.”
--W.E.B Du Bois