Education and Outreach

"Millions of Americans earn a living in the arts and humanities, and the
non-profit and for-profit arts industries are important parts of both our cultural heritage and our economy...We must recognize the contributions of the arts and humanities not only by supporting the artists of today, but also by giving opportunities to the creative thinkers of tomorrow. Educators across our country are opening young minds, fostering innovation, and developing imaginations through arts education."
 - President Obama


We are delighted to announce Firebird Ensemble has forged a collaboration with the Young Audiences of Massachusetts for their upcoming 2015-2016 season. The following Firebird Ensemble educational concert, Eeyore Has A Birthday composed by Jon Deakis now being offered to schools in the greater Boston area for K-4 students. 


Eeyore has a Birthday by Jon Deak, is a thrilling and delightful musical setting of A.A.Milne’s story from the Winnie-the-Pooh series, one of the most delightful literary collections for children. Each instrument plays a role in the story; the ever-mournful Eeyore is personified by the viola; gastronomically oriented Pooh Bear by the double bass; and the eager, bumbling Piglet by the piano.

In this program the students will be introduced to three wonderful instruments in the orchestra, and have the opportunity to experience and learn about classical chamber music, sound, and character in the context of A.A.Milne’s touching story.    


This program is presented in collaboration with Young Audiences of Massachusetts, dedicated to bringing live music to school children in MA. To find out more about this organization click here.

To book a performance or series of performances of this program, please click here! 

Download Education Materials for Eeyore has a Birthday here.



Firebird Ensemble's Philosophy:

Firebird Ensemble offers a large variety of educational activities including workshops, lectures, performances, readings and residencies. Each residency or educational event that Firebird Ensemble undertakes is tailored specifically for the audience(s). We believe that in order for educational/outreach activities to be meaningful - the repertoire must be thoughtfully chosen, the performances exceptional and the educational content rich. 


Presenters and educators frequently express concern to me regarding new audiences’ receptiveness to contemporary chamber music. However it has been my experience through extensive community outreach with Firebird Ensemble (at numerous venues with extremely diverse audiences) that excellent performances of inspired contemporary music repertoire combined with educational commentary and discussion is a combination which speaks enthusiastically to new audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. In past seasons Firebird Ensemble has undertaken educational projects and residencies at Tufts University (Medford, MA), Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (Nelson, NH), Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), New England Conservatory (Boston, MA), Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA), Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA), Amherst College (Amherst, MA), Walden School for Young Musicians (Dublin, NH), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), Boston Arts Academy (Boston, MA) among many others. In the 2011-2012 season Firebird Ensemble will conduct residencies at Chapman University, (California) and University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania).


If you would like more information about our educational and outreach activities or wish to discuss a residency project involving Firebird Ensemble please contact Artistic Director - Kate Vincent (617 480 5112)

To download a sample list of some of education workshops and activities we offer please click here



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