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ETHEL is committed to telling stories, forging connections, developing audiences, building community, and inspiring young musicians. Below are just a few examples of our groundbreaking outreach performances and innovative education programs. If you have an idea for an outreach program, or if you would like to bring ETHEL to your community, college or school, email us. We are happy to discuss ideas and opportunities.

ETHEL returns to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019-20 with ETHEL and Friends, a music series programmed expressly for the Met’s Balcony Bar. The quartet chooses music for this series with an eye on tradition and an ear to the future. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group’s signature, cutting-edge repertoire. Exciting guest artists and longtime ETHEL collaborators will also make special appearances. Relax over cocktails and appetizers with a view of the Met’s majestic Great Hall as you enjoy surprising, vibrant music.

ETHEL is currently the Ensemble-in-Residence at Denison University, coaching and mentoring students in the music department as well as engaging campus and community in cross-disciplinary projects and performances.

ETHEL Presents at

Brooklyn Public Library

ETHEL, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library, will be part of three programs at the Library’s Dweck Cultural Center. The events, designed with the Library’s director of programs, Meredith Walters, include an ETHEL performance and panel discussion as part of the Library’s annual Night of Philosophy and Ideas in February 2020; a discussion with composer David Lang, with music by ETHEL and soprano Molly Netter in March 2020; and -a two day festival of music by emerging composers from ETHEL’s HomeBaked commissioning initiative in May 2020.

Brooklyn Public Library:


ETHEL is part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Creatives-in-Residence program in 2020. The program, part of the library’s year-long collaboration with the artist William Kentridge, and his Centre for the Less Good Idea, consists of a cohort of 8 artists from different disciplines who will develop ideas for new projects in conjunction with Kentridge and facilitators from his Centre. There will be workshops and planning sessions, plus three public programs and an exhibition documenting the various creative projects at the central library.

Face the Music

In 2018-19, ETHEL was the quartet-in-residence at Face the Music, a music education program at the Kaufman Music Center. This dynamic initiative for young New York City musicians is dedicated to the study and performance of music by living composers.

The Peabody Institute:
Johns Hopkins University

ETHEL participated in the 2018-19 Levi Family Distinguished Visiting Artist Series at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, providing workshop-demonstrations, performances, and masterclasses for conservatory students.