ICE encourages young people to realize unlimited creative potential by engaging them in the music of our time, through compositional experimentation, improvisation, side-by-side performances with ICE musicians, and the commissioning of new work. 

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 way. 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 afford opportunities for meaningful collaboration with the ICE teaching artists.


Introduced in 2015, EntICE unites leading composers with youth ensembles in new works to be performed side-by-side with ICE. ICE musicians 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 pieces’ creation, and receive a major stage to present their work.  Inaugural Partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, People’s Music School Youth Orchestra (Chicago), Ojai Music Festival, and Ear Taxi Festival.

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. 


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