We tend to have a hard time getting students excited about classical music, but Sybarite5 did just that! Students were pleasantly surprised to hear Led Zeppelin and The White Stripes during our ‘flash concert’ in the cafeteria and Radiohead during the performance. Sybarite5’s modern take on classical even inspired a student group to write a blog post about the concert!
— Lisa Leighton, Buknell University


Sybarite5’s educational outreach activities are tailored to fit the needs of the schools they visit. They provide engaging and effective outreach for students from kindergarten to college levels. Since many of the works they play are shorter than the average classical piece or movement, the group finds that the repertoire works quite well in keeping students interested and excited. In all of their outreach performances, Sybarite5 makes sure to engage with the students not just by taking their questions, but also by asking them for specific observations about the music being played, and in some cases by asking them to share their music-making experiences. Here are some of the programs Sybarite5 offers:

Grades K-5 Educational Workshops


  • short, high-energy performances of selections from our repertoire  (sampling from many genres: classical, rock, blues, tango, world, etc.)
  • introduction to our instruments themselves, explanation of unique role of bass in our ensemble --behind-the-scenes look at how we create the extended techniques used in many of our pieces
  • guided question-and-answer session

Grades 6-12 Educational Workshops


  • high-energy performances of selections from our repertoire (sampling from many genres: classical, rock, blues, tango, world, etc.)
  • personalized introductions to each member of the ensemble
  • discussion of what chamber music is
  • explanation of career in music and what it entails (particularly if the students are studying instruments seriously)
  • open question-and-answer session

Masterclasses/Coachings (any age level)

  • individual and team-coaching of student ensembles (either standard repertoire, or they have the option of working on a piece of our repertoire in advance to be coached on)
  • solo instrument string masterclasses
  • coaching of sectionals within student orchestra
  • specified seminars on extended string technique (fiddling, rock, jazz, tango)