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Orlando Cela

Adjunct Faculty



Classical flute, Chinese dizi, and Venezuelan cuatro


  • M.M. Conducting, New England Conservatory
  • M.M. Flute Performance, New England Conservatory
  • B.M., DePauw University


Orlando Cela is the music director and founder of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, the music director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and the former music director of the Governor’s School of North Carolina. His instruments include classical flute, Chinese dizi, and Venezuelan cuatro.
He has performed with with Salvatore Sciarrino, Paula Robison, Samir Chatterjee, John Gibbons, and Hu Jianbing. He has also guest lectured at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China); Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana); University of California, Berkeley; Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Germany); and DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Producer, Best Original Series (2018), Arlington Community Media, Inc.
  • Third place in the American Prize, Conducting (2018), Community Orchestras Division
  • Recipient of second prize (2017), London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition
  • Recipient of second place in the American Prize (2016), Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in Excellence of Performance of American Music, Youth Division
  • Recipient of the American Prize (2016), Orchestra Conducting, Youth Division
  • Recipient of the American Prize, Orchestral Programming (2016), Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, Youth Orchestra Division (2016)