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. 

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ICE’s commitment to education is rooted in personal engagement with its audiences.  The ICE community follows the ensemble’s members as musical individuals, leaders, and teachers, and student groups respond to ICE in the same manner.  Like the group’s artist-led structural model, ICE's education programs are process-based and collectivist in spirit; students and ICE musicians alike are active in the making of a performance.  Long-term residencies with classroom groups and youth ensembles afford opportunities for meaningful collaboration with the ICE teaching artists.


EntICE will bring together leading composers with youth ensembles in new works to be performed side-by-side with ICE.  ICE musicians will take young people -- and their schools, families and communities -- through the entire collaborative process of bringing premiere pieces to life.  As an “enticing” first taste of new music, students have the privilege of being essential to the works’ creation.

Inaugural Partners include: Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, People’s Music School Youth Orchestra (Chicago), Ojai Music Festival, and Ear Taxi Festival.


ICE’s education programming is free of charge to all participating schools and student groups.  ICE’s other workshops include The Listening Room, in which graphic score composition stimulates ideas about creating and interpreting music; sessions of structured group improvisation; and community concerts that introduce schools to the personalities of ICE and the instruments that comprise the ensemble.  More program descriptions can be found on the ICE blog (blog education link with education keyword), which also includes accounts by ICE members of their experiences with student groups.


For questions about bringing ICE teaching artists to your school, community center, performance venue, or music program, contact Director of Education Jacob Greenberg at