RYA Outreach Program

August 8, 2014

The Rembrandt Young Artists Outreach Program introduces middle and high school students to classical and contemporary chamber music through activities that enhance self-esteem, nurture creative expression, and foster collaboration, bringing peer-led interactive educational sessions to Chicago area schools that have no established music curriculum.

Our Rembrandt Young Artists are chosen through a highly competitive high school chamber music competition held in February of each year. Winners are named Rembrandt Young Artists for one year, receiving coaching from Rembrandt musicians and former competition winners in preparation for their outreach work. Using a combination of performance, hands-on activities, and dialogue, Rembrandt Young Artists share their musical experiences with other students, creating an open environment in which students are free to further pursue their interest and curiosity in music.

Our unique approach to music education is to partner with teachers of a specific area of study, such as art or literature, and relate that particular subject to classical music. In 2014, we conducted a 4-part course in two 10th grade art classes at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS) on Chicago’s south side. Check out the video above to watch the RYA Outreach Program in action!

To learn more about our annual high school chamber music competition, click here.