Educational Outreach:

Quintet Attacca prides itself on its interactive and informative educational programs.  They have been widely successful in the Chicago, Evanston, Detroit, and South Bend Public Schools and have been recognized for their originality. 

Set the Score!
Quintet Attacca needs to finish the music for a movie and they simply can't decide what to do. That's where the students come in! With musical excerpts ranging from the dramatic (Harbison's Quintet for Winds) to the spooky (Carl Schimmel's Towns of Wind and Wood) to the downright ridiculous (Entry of the Gladiators), it's sure to be an exciting musical ride. Using elements of storytelling and colorful musical examples, Quintet Attacca shows students that they really have the power to "Set the Score!" Prep packet available here.

Younger audiences will love our k-3 version of this show entitled The Story of Winds. Quintet Attacca introduces the instruments with a fun musical piece entitled The Story of the Woodwind family, followed by a little game of "choose your score!", and ending with their original musical montage, The Wind Says Goodnight, based on the delightful Children's book of the same name.

Where in the World is Quintet Attacca?

Where will Quintet Attacca go on their upcoming world tour?  They don’t know - but their creative manager has given them some surprise pieces to play to help them and the students expand their musical horizons. Students will hear music from all over the world, learn about its different characteristics and a little about the countries, too!  Quintet Attacca will provide clues and even some costumes to help the audience figure out "Where in the World is Quintet Attacca?" Join QA for their Surprise World Tour! Click here for prep packet.

Quintet Idol!

Quintet Idol brings the instruments of the wind quintet to school-age children and brings them to life! Each instrument will perform a selection that features its most interesting qualities. The music featured includes Libertango (flute), Klezmer Music (clarinet), Tombeau de Couperin (oboe), Maslanka's Quintet no. 3 (horn), and Sorcerer's Apprentice (bassoon). The program will introduce students to the basics and the highlights of each instrument so they are ready to pick their favorite at the Quintet Idol competition! This program has been a big hit throughout the Chicago Public Schools. Teacher Prep packets are also available here

The Case of the Missing Musical Clock
Kids will help Quintet Attacca solve the mystery by trying to figure out which quintet member stole the clock.  The program features musical “opposites” of high and low, fast and slow, and soft and loud. Music selections span from American composer Thomas Benjamin to Hindemith to Astor Piazzolla of Argentina. The quintet will present each musical term as part of a clue to the solution.  Who stole the clock?  Only the kids can figure it out! Teacher prep packets available here.

Peter and the Wolf

Join Quintet Attacca for the classic story of Peter and the Wolf! Each instrument will present the classic characters of the story with the music of Prokofiev arranged for wind quintet. Peter, the cat, the duck, the bird, Grandpa, and even the Wolf may appear in costume, too!         

Master Classes for Band Students

Quintet Attacca draws upon their vast teaching experience to help junior high and high school music students better understand what goes into making music, how to be a team player in any ensemble, and what a future in music might be like.  Drawing from their current repertoire, QA intersperses musical examples with commentary and stories from experience.  Band directors from Iowa to Michigan have raved about QA master classes!