Independent - United States
Prof. Orlick proudly endorses Pearl/Adams instruments and products, where he is an international percussion artist/educator.
Prof. James Orlick designed the Music Industry Concentration at Benedict College where he teaches Applied Percussion, Music Composition, Electronic Computer Music, Concert Recording, and Scoring for Film and Multimedia in the Fine Arts Department. Prof. Orlick directs the College Percussion Ensemble. Prof. Orlick authored a grant that was awarded in the amount of $500,000 to fund the Music Industry Program he designed.
As an educator, Prof. Orlick is dedicated in serving and being an advocate for students who come from the lower socio-economic class. His career desires are to help facilitate learning to students with limited financial means so that they may have equal access to a high quality of music education and as a result, have the means of attending the top music programs in the world. He has successfully fundraised fees and recruited students from Eastern Europe and the Philippines to study in the U.S.A.
Prof. Orlick is very dedicated to his volunteer work in education initiatives and grant writing development to strengthen education in the Philippines. He recently sent several hundred textbooks and educational materials to a university in the Philippines. Prof. Orlick volunteer grant projects include building K-12 schools in the lower socioeconomic areas of the Philippines.
As a composer, Prof. Orlick was commissioned to compose a work for timpani and electronics entitled “Reverie” that was premiered at The Juilliard School of Music. Prof. Orlick completed a commission from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), for a planetarium show for the Hubble Telescope Exhibition.
Most recently, Prof. Orlick completed a commission for a chamber, electronic, and multimedia composition in tribute to the victims of Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) that stuck the Philippines during his concert/lecture series in the Philippines.
Prof. Orlick orchestrated and organized music concerts for dignitaries such as the President of Zanzibar, Amani Abeid Karume, Ombeni Sefue, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the singer, James Brown’s Estate.
He volunteered to travel to James Brown’s estate and catalogue his entire original sheet music collection.
Other national concert exposure includes live performances in Greenwich Village, NYC, at the home of world-renowned artist/writer Patricia Kaufman and artist Ellen Zisholtz.
Prof. Orlick appeared in The New York Times performing in the world premier of “Odin: The Opera” by Donald Knaack and Linnett Taylor. In addition, Prof. Orlick was featured taiko drum player for the world premier of “Sanyoungsan” (strings and 2 taiko drums) by Youngmi Ha that was performed in South Korea. Other notable performances include soloist in the symphony, “The Past is in the Present”, under the baton of the late Gunther Schuller.
As an orchestrator, Prof. Orlick orchestrated Philip Glass’ film scores from the movie Powaqqatsi: “Serra Pelada” and “Train to Sao Paulo” and “Prelude to Endgame” that were performed in New York City and at The Aspen Music Festival.
Prof. Orlick is percussionist with The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In addition, he regularly performs recitals and clinics that showcase cutting edge and formidable percussion works, as well as presenting world premiers.
Prof. Orlick received his Master of Arts degree in performance and composition from New York University in New York City where he studied Scoring for Film and Multimedia and Music Technology. Prof. Orlick was selected for the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop.
In addition, Prof. Orlick is a collegiate educator for Vic Firth.