A comprehensive and flexible tool for music education and appreciation through the study of orchestral excerpts in full multichannel audio. These excerpts are created with a high-quality orchestral rendering environment (OrchSim) that produces recordings that compare favorably to professional orchestral recordings, complete with spatialization of the instruments, concert hall room acoustics, and ambient noise context. The web user interface allows for the selection of excerpts on the basis of composer, historical period, type of instrumentation (classical, romantic, modern, etc.), musical form and the type of orchestration effect or technique being sought. The complete OrchPlay Music Library of orchestral renderings in proprietary multi-track OPL format is available on a yearly subscription basis.