ICE empowers young people to realize unlimited creative potential by engaging them in the making of music of our time, through compositional experimentation, improvisation, side-by-side performances of contemporary repertoire with ICE musicians, and the commissioning of new work.
ICE's educational curriculum, like the ensemble's structural model itself, is process-based and collectivist in spirit: both students and ICE musicians are active participants and leaders in the making of a performance. Long-term residencies with classroom groups and youth ensembles afford an opportunity for personal engagement and meaningful collaboration with the ICE teaching artists.
In the 2015-16 season, ICE is excited to announce a new commissioning initiative in which the ensemble will invite leading composers from around the world to write new works for youth ensembles and ICE. ICE musicians will take young people -- and their schools, families and communities -- through the entire process of bringing a new work to life in collaboration with a living composer.