Whistlers from across Philadelphia are being brought together for the first time to perform as The Whistling Orchestra of Philadelphia. The selected Philadelphians will be performing a new composition written specifically for whistling by the artist Emma Smith. Commissioned by Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art, Smith’s new work is inspired by music in the workplace and is composed in response to local archives and shared memories of making music at work in Philadelphia.
Join the Orchestra
The Whistling Orchestra of Philadelphia is currently recruiting whistlers. To find out more about the orchestra and see if you might like to get involved, please contact
The Whistling Orchestra of Philadelphia
Aislinn Pentecost-Farren, Manager
215 777 9139
We are hosting two catered rehearsals prior to the day of the performance. Members of the orchestra will need to attend, at least, one of these two rehearsals.
March 12: 6:00 – 8:00pm at Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, 2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
March 14: 6:00 – 8:00pm Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, 2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal and Performance:
March 16: 3:00 – 6:00pm Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
March 16: 7:00pm Whistling Orchestra Performance, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
About the Artist
Emma Smith is a visual artist based in the UK, who works internationally. She has a social practice and creates public platforms for experimentation, research and action through site-specific events and installations. Smith’s work tests the boundaries of human connectivity: relationship, communication, and sense of place. For the past few years her work has focused particularly on voice and the extraordinary ways it connects us to one another and to place. Previous exhibitions and commissions include Tate Modern, Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, Bluecoat, Whitworth, ICA and Arnolfini, UK, with international projects across the globe.