Join the Organic Innovation Ensemble 

Tuesdays 6:30–8pm, January 15 – February 19, 2019 

“Unlock your creative potential through music and apply it everywhere... Learn how to perform in the moment and how to improvise. Learn to trust your team, heighten your awareness of group dynamics, and increase your leadership capacities.”— Ben Schwendener, creator and director 

What is it?


The Organic Innovation Ensemble (OIE) brings people together to create powerful performances. Immersion in the performing arts infuses creative energy, innovation, and original thinking into corporate cultures. The OIE is designed to improve collaborative skills through the organic process of creating high quality original musical performances. 

How does it work?

First, musical skills of any level are identified among the participants. Anyone who plays an instrument or sings can utilize their existing skills. Non-musicians may participate through elements of spoken
word, dance, visual arts, or another form of artistic expression. The staff then selects, composes,
and arranges music customized for the unique orchestration of the group. 

Who is it for?

Anyone. Our ‘begin anywhere’ process makes it possible for anyone to explore their innate creativity regardless of prior experience. OIE’s workshops are for those who want to understand and experience how the creative process leads to greater openness and original thinking in business, technology, products, and services.

Where does it take place?


We’ll spend 11 hours together, at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We will meet for 90-minutes on Tuesdays from January 15 to February 19, 2019. The final concert is the culmination of an OIE project and is open to anyone. 

Why should someone do this?


Having a flexible, creative mindset allows one to evaluate ideas on a higher level and consider new possibilities. Creating and delivering delightful products to customers is experientially the same as curating performances that delight audiences. It is a clear path to revealing original products, services, and new ways of doing business.

Special thanks to all that have helped bring this project so far: Andrew Patka, Ellery Tremblay, Brian Stern, Wally Clausen, Cara Laudino, Eugene Torres, Alvin Case, Karen Zorn, Wayman Chin, Ann Welch, Todd McNeel, Sheila Barrett-Smith and Longy School of Music of Bard College.