Outreach 2016-12-16T11:46:43+00:00

We believe that chamber music is one of mankind’s greatest cultural achievements, and part of our mission is to share our love of music with as many people as possible.  Most of the Poulenc Trio’s concert engagements also feature one or more outreach components. We offer learning and cultural enrichment opportunities for audiences of all ages.

Pizza & Poulenc
For K-12 Kids & Teens

Pizza and Poulenc is a light yet informative interactive program designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. No prior musical knowledge is required. The program is designed to last for the duration of a typical class period, between 30-45 minutes. The program typically includes short performances of the Trio’s music, an introduction to the oboe, bassoon and piano and musical topics including teamwork, follow-the-leader, rhythm, dance and musical styles. Topics are adjusted based on the age of the audience, and we recommend separate shows for the younger and older kids. As an option the program can be performed in a lunchtime configuration (the ‘Snacks’ Option). Ample time will be provided for kids’ questions and answers. A tuned piano is required for this program.

Music at the Museum
For Adults & Kids 10+

Music at the Museum is a fun interactive concert series that explores the connections between music and the visual arts, designed for adults and students in 5th-grade and above. No prior musical knowledge is required. The program lasts about an hour. The program is designed to be performed in a museum gallery or art class; the music and discussion is tailored to the surrounding artwork or exhibition space. Topics for discussion can include historical connections, contrasts between listening and seeing, and the role of visualization in music. Local guest speakers, curators or artists can add variety and interest to the audience discussion and we encourage participation from all. A tuned piano is required for this program.

The Poulenc Trio’s Secrets of Success
For College and Professional Musicians

Secrets of Success is an informative discussion-only workshop designed to teach serious music students and aspiring professionals about the extra-musical skills needed to build and run a successful chamber music ensemble. The workshop lasts about 90 minutes. No prior musical knowledge is required, but the content will be most interesting to aspiring musicians. During the session, the Poulenc Trio will share answers to critical issues that few musicians are taught in school, but that every chamber ensemble must solve: How do we get artist management? Do we need to be a non-profit? How do we engage new audiences? How do we raise funds for commissioning and outreach? Should we sign with a record label or self-produce? How do we solve interpersonal conflicts? A piano is not required for this program.

The Poulenc Trio Masterclass
For College and Professional Musicians

Each member of the Poulenc Trio is a seasoned teaching professional with over 20 years experience. The Poulenc Trio masterclass is designed to share our knowledge and expertise with young professional and serious college musicians. A high level of musical proficiency is expected. The masterclass lasts one to two hours, with each musician or chamber group given 15-30 minutes to perform and receive coaching. A wide range of topics may be covered, including general chamber music skills, instrumental techniques, reed adjustments, style and phrasing, and repertoire. The class can be aimed at full chamber groups, or separated into individual double reed and piano sessions.

Cappuccino Concerts
For Professionals on the Go

Poulenc Trio Cappuccino Concerts are an informal lunchtime concert and discussion series aimed at young professionals. No prior musical knowledge is required. The walk-in/walk-out concert format is designed to be performed in an office-space, accessible concert hall or cafe, and lasts about an hour. Cappuccino Concerts feature the Trio’s newer music, including world-premiere and commissioned works. Throughout the concert we will discuss the music, talk about life on the road, and answer questions. A tuned piano is required for this program.

Conquering Stage Fright
For All Ages

Performance anxiety affects almost everyone at some point. We have developed a unique and fun approach to beating stage fright and building the skills and techniques needed to perform confidently and successfully under pressure. The program lasts about 30 minutes. This program is interactive and physical, so expect to move. No prior musical knowledge is required, but musicians will be encouraged to perform for the group. A piano is not required for this program.