Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, the Music of the Spheres Society was founded in 2001 by its artistic director and principal violinist, Stephanie Chase, and hornist Ann Ellsworth.

The mission of the Society is to promote classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member.

"These musicians brought (Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time) vivdly to life in every particular. They should be playing it everywhere. They should go on the road with it tomorrow."  New York Times review of a Society concert

The Society’s performing artists are renowned soloists and chamber musicians, many of whom also specialize in historic instrument practices or contemporary music. Its programs explore the contexts of music through programming themes and program notes and include chamber music master-pieces, lesser-known works, and world or US premieres. Since 2001 the Society has presented a series of chamber music concerts in New York City - at venues that include Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, The Society for Ethical Culture - and on tour, as guest artists presented by Dallas Chamber Music and Troy Friends of Music.

Lectures presented by the Society focus primarily on a philosophical, scientific, or historic aspect of music and reveal some of the historic contexts of composed music. The lectures and program notes are presented for a non-specialist audience. 

“Music of the Spheres” is a term applied to an idea put forth by the Greek scholar Pythagoras (6th century BCE) and his followers, among them Plato and Kepler, that the proportional ratios used to describe musical intervals also refer to those of the physical universe, including the orbiting motion of planets. Pythagoras recognized the innate connection between musical sound, or its “pitch,” and the physical characteristics of an object producing that sound. He is credited with discovering the physical laws of musical sound through his observations that the ratio of mass - as in a vibrating string length sounding an interval - of a fifth is 2:3, that of an octave is 1:2, and that of the fourth is 3:4. Thus, he proved that there is a correlation between the vibrations of sound and the physical world, such as that of numbers and proportion.

The Music of the Spheres Society features a core group of artists - Stephanie Chase (violin), Hsin-Yun Huang (viola), and Jon Manasse (clarinet) - plus illustrious guest artists that include prominent soloists, chamber musicians, and principal members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Incorporated in February 2002, the Music of the Spheres Society is a non-profit, 501 c(3) organization.