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It's a beautiful initiative, Ilona, congratulations and thanks for all your hard work.

Since my very first piano lesson, I have been fortunate to meet, work with, and be inspired by so many amazing people. They generously shared their passion for music with me. Now, thanks to Ms. Oltuski’s invitation to join her GetClassical in School initiative, I have the opportunity to share my own passion for classical music with people of my age and younger, who perhaps haven’t discovered yet its beauty.
I am immensely grateful to Ms. Oltuski for the chance to spark excitement for the classics, and to encourage younger people to listen and participate in live performances
Bringing classical music into the class room is an incredibly important mission. Ilona’s initiative GetClassical In School is a great necessity. Introducing the young generation to music will undoubtably change future society for the better. It is proven that children will learn faster and are generally happier with music in their life. Bravo Ilona, bravo GetClassical In School!

As a composer, concert curator, and music educator I commend Ilona Oltuski's GetClassical In School initiative. An intimate encounter with music can be a singular and revelatory experience which should be available to all children, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds. By the same token, the chance to play for curious children can offer meaningful experiences for musicians that expand their sense of purpose with which they make music and curate concerts. There is simply no substitute for the inspiration for all parties that can stem from these kind of interactions.

Looks like a lovely project, Ilona. I would love to partake in GetClassical In School, bringing classical to the classroom.

"I was lucky to grow up with parents who are professional musicians. The reason why I became a musician, and most importantly why I still feel the deepest love for music is because I was exposed to wonderful music performed at the highest level at a very young age. I can only applaud Ilona’s wonderful project to bring young professional musicians in the classroom to interact with children. This can be a groundbreaking experience for them on so many levels. Engaging young people emotionally and intellectually through music is one of the most rewarding experiences there could be! Thank you Ilona and Get Classical in School!"

“For me, being an artist has always been, above all, about communication. Ilona’s initiative to introduce GetClassical In School is a fantastic way to bring artists exactly where they ought to be; directly in the classroom exchanging ideas with future generations. I look forward to participating in GetClassical In School whenever possible!”

YES, absolutely Ilona, I will be honored to be on board with this great project. I did partake at Rhapsody in School in Germany and will love to partake in New York at GetClassical In School, bringing classical music to the classroom.

I welcome Ilona's initiative GetClassical In School and will be happy to partake when in New York. Everything for Kids!

We are happy and excited to be part of GetClassical In School, a wonderful initiative, which is such an important mission for our community. Music is extremely vital for every child's education and with the seeming decline in the interest of public schools, we, as musicians, need to make it our responsibility to support the growth and development of music within every child's upbringing. We need to build a platform in New York, mirroring the already successful initiative of Rhapsody in School in Germany. Thank you for this great endeavor, Ilona!

“Ilona’s initiative is gravely important and most essential to furthering and inspiring potential in the young and upcoming generation of young people weather or not they will choose to take the long and beautiful journey as classical music artists. As a kid, I remember how vital the existence of being associated with some of the greatest musicians (such as Isaac Stern) was of utmost importance, inspiring me to work harder and opening up my horizons as a violinist. Having these incredible channels available as a young artist is beyond what can be thought in a classroom. Again I fully support this incredible initiative, and look forward to witnessing a great renaissance for the young generation and a newly found association with some of the greatest of artists today with our young with the leadership of GetClassical In School. This is a great chance and rare opportunity not to be missed.”

It's a great pleasure to join my friend, Ilona Oltuski in a tribute to GetClassical in School. A tribute not only to a wonderful initiative in music education, but its nobility of purpose means a great deal to me and it will always continue to remain so in the future.

I love to come to schools, and perform the same repertoire I present in concert halls on tour, to children. Kids react amazingly to the complex and colorful worlds of the music I play. I believe that in order to fall in love with classical music there should be an initial impact, something they do not expect. That is why I never prepare easy or popular pieces for my school visits. I want them to remember the feeling of the astonishment and realization they have never heard anything like this before. I am thrilled to partake in Ilona’s new initiative GetClassical In School here in New York, to reach out to the next generation and share my enthusiasm for classical music to wake these kids’ curiosity about classical music. Music is a journey, and an exciting one. These days, pop music, movies and computer games became so elaborate that in order to compete for attention artists should offer unforgettable experiences, something that would be memorable for its power, diversity and energy it brings.

“During my several years of participating with Rhapsody in School in Germany, I had the most meaningful encounters with young students, who were curious to learn – and hear – about my art. It’s not that young people are disinterested in classical music, it’s that someone has to inspire that initial spark, and that’s what these encounters are geared to do. Like many other musicians, I am committed to our positive role in society and believe that our engagement should not be limited to the concert performances alone but stimulate interest wherever possible. Of course, we musicians are busy all the time, but it’s so important and satisfying to reach out to the next generation – and often the kids I visited in the morning where present at the evening’s concert. Congratulations Ilona, for initiating an artist network to visit schools in New York now, with GetClassical In School. Sign me up please!”

""Ilona's GetClassical is a very special platform for music lovers and musicians. You can always find out the latest highlights on the NY music scenes through her excellent articles. Her new efforts with GetClassical In School are tremendous. I have worked so beautifully with Ilona and looking forward for more!"  

“GetClassical In School is a wonderful initiative. Sharing, spreading the learning and joy of music in the classroom, to inspire and be inspired” All the best.

I am delighted to support GetClassical In School's mission of inspiring school children through performance. As a member of Carnegie Hall's affiliate ensemble, Decoda, I have performed music and taught in schools all over the world, and so I know firsthand how precious an opportunity we have to install wonder and curiosity when encountering a young audience, and how easy it is to squander that opportunity! I am eager to witness the development of this exciting project!

"I'm honored and delighted to support this wonderful Get Classical In School project by Ilona Oltuski, as she is doing a remarkable mission for schools. Music is essential for the best education of any child on this Earth, and I think Ilona deserves much support in the future"

"Classical music is one of the highest expressions of our humanity. Ilona's mission to share music with young people is imperative, as it gets them in touch with treasures of our collective humanity. I was fortunate to have grown up with classical music and to have had mentors who understand its importance in our lives. I am inspired to join Ilona in sharing the gifts of classical music with the next generation."

GetClassical, with its founder Ilona Oltuski creates musical events that combine historical and cultural context with highly relevant musical programming. The results are unique collaborations between artists, creating beautiful and meaningful moments. It takes genuine imagination to create - and great effort to realize this multi-layered collage. I was very fortunate to participate in one of these events, and I am looking forward to contributing to Ilona's work - this time starting with the very young - again.  

"Another fabulous project from Ilona Oltuski, a win-win for all! The children will love a special and memorable highlight of their school day, nurture their souls and have something to tell their parents about. We as artists will seize an opportunity to use our craft for outreach to the young generation through GetClassical In School."

It is our responsibility as performers and lovers of classical music to bring this beautiful music to the world and share it with everyone, especially the younger generations. Thank you Ilona and GetClassical for leading the charge!

When I heard of Ilona's wonderful project "GetClassical in schools" I was reminded of similar initatives in Germany and Spain which worked very well. It is my conviction that every child should learn how to sing and play an instrument. Musicians performing in schools may help to make young audience members curious  and thus create the motivation to make music themselves. I will be happy to partake when in New York.

"As a Double Bass player and Conductor, I think that to inspire the next generation through personal encounters in the classroom and in concert is a stunningly farsighted idea that could embrace the world in music. Bravo llona and thank you for your wonderful work!"

I would be very happy to be involved. Quality musical education and exposure to the arts (classical music in particular) is sorely lacking in schools and yet it is so vital to a child's growth, perspective, and emotional health and well-being. I would be happy to contribute in whatever way possible to this worthy cause.

I salute Ilona’s initiative to introduce GetClassical In School, bringing classical music into the classroom. Sparking enthusiasm through personal encounters with charismatic performers will serve the next generation, bringing the joy of music into their lives.

Super, Ilona that you are doing this wonderful mission for Schools! I would love to support GetClassical In School and partake in encounters in the classroom that inspire new interest for classical music.

As choral director of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture's, I am looking forward to collaborate with Ilona and GetClassical In School in our shared mission, to inspire the next generation through classical music and choral singing, bringing artists to all five boroughs of NYC schools' classrooms. I am thrilled to be included in this amazing roster of artists, who have expressed their support and enthusiasm for GetClassical In School and look forward to closely working together.  

I enjoy very much doing projects for school already and would be happy to be a part of GetClassical In School outreach program. Looking forward to a mutual collaboration with you and GetClassical In School.

When arts and music education programs are continually being cut from schools across the US, we have no choice but to rely on private funding and outreach programs to ensure our children get exposure to this invaluable component of their development. Chapeau to Ilona for spearheading the GetClassical In School initiative. I would be happy to be involved and help in any way I can.

It seems that in spite of all the scientific evidence we have providing that classical music greatly benefits a child's development, the only way to ensure that young minds and spirits will have access to it, is through initiatives like Ilona Oltuski's GetClassical In School.  Music & Arts as an essential part of every child's education, has been increasingly ignored by governments around the world, and I am moved and grateful to know that many youngsters will still grow up to be enriched human beings beings, due to their experiences with classical music. I know that my musical mentor, Yehudi Menuhin, would have blessed GetClassical In School with its entire being if he were alive to witness this today, and I will be honored to play any part in supporting this wonderful and indispensable gift to the community.

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of ensuring that we pass on the understanding, love and respect of classical music to the next generation; our very art form depends on it. I am elated that Ilona Oltuski, someone that has always championed young artists, is taking on this task and I am sure that her charisma, eloquence and years of experience in music will make this a successful and engaging venture.

Ilona's initiative GetClassical in School is vitally important to stimulate the future generation of young musicians. 

Kids have the most pure reaction to the beauty of music. I fully support this amazing initiative and I'm honored to be part of it. Thank you Ilona for your enthusiasm! 

As an artist and teacher, I am deeply convinced of the social responsibility of art. The impact that musical and artistic education has on the development of the personality and of the critical spirit is enormous and precious, even if still too undervalued. I am very happy and honored to support the GetClassical project and contribute to Ilona's mission to make the world a better place through music.

We believe that a quality music education is a vital part of any child's upbringing and are delighted to hear of GetClassical's initiative to bring classical music to school children across the New York metropolitan area.

"How wonderful Ilona, that you have initiated this endeavor. It is of utmost importance to bring musical values and beauty to our communities,  to mankind in general.
Without music, without art there might actually not be any life. Music is our hope and giving  it to others feels as an imperative outreach of kindheartedness. Thank you."

"Bringing awareness and love of classical music to young people not only enriches their lives with meaning and beauty, but creates a future society made of alert, just and humane individuals. Therefore your project GetClassical In Schools deserves all the support needed. You certainly have mine."

"Getclassical in School is vitally important in a time when support for the arts is constantly being cut as a part of early education. I can say with certainty that hearing high level musicians live when I was young is a huge part of why I have such a full life as a musician today. Getclassical in School is a program unlike any other which brings classical stars from around the world to New York City schools, exposing young people first hand to levels of possibility they couldn’t have dreamed of. Bravo to Ilona Oltuski and Getclassical for this wonderful humanitarian effort!"

"Ilona Oltuski's "GetClassical In School" initiative is a timely and poetic project, acting as a bridge between those who have embarked upon a journey of music discoveries and those who might find an infinite source of joy and contentment on such a path - as a member of the audience, 'young explorer' or performer, one joins a unique 'family-relationship' with the generations past, present and future, and reaches a new understanding of the spectrum of emotions we all share.It is with great joy that I hear about this project, and with the hope that wider new audiences will appreciate and contribute to the continuity of genuine Art Music." Jonathan's website   

"I find Ilona's initiative wonderful! It serves the very important need to bring music to the young generation and to inspire them, showing them how exciting classical music is and can be. Bravo Ilona and GetClassical In School for all your dedicated work."

Ilona’s mission in bringing classical music to schools resonates in every aspect with my vision. The live medium “classical music” is understudied and sometimes misunderstood and GetClassical can reach out to the youngest in our society and bring the music to the class room. Classical music is so much more then just old culture and young artist will show the excitement and make the students curious about more.

Yes, of course I would love to be part of this, so yes, you can put me on the roster and keep me posted as plans progress! It's so important for artists to directly communicate with the young generation.

As the founder of Rhapsody in School in Germany, I salute Ilona Oltuski’s efforts to build a similar platform, akin to our motivation, in the New York Metropolitan Area. Our charismatic performers feel compelled to convey the positive message of classical music and spark youngsters’ passion, with personal encounters in the classroom. As the founder and curator of GetClassical, Ilona Oltuski shares our vision, aiming to connect the performer with the young generation. I sincerely welcome Ilona’s initiative and hope to personally partake in some of her planned events in support of this goal, in New York. Lars Vogt, pianist, conductor and founder of Rhapsody in School in Germany.

"Ilona, the GetClassical In School project sounds wonderful - thank you for recognizing this void and bringing music to kids in schools with your craft and dedication!"

Initiating and providing access to classical music for the younger generation is absolutely essential and I am very pleased to hear that GetClassical In School is bringing this format to NYC! I personally had the occasion to work [with kids] in several schools, during my musical studies and it was a very rewarding experience. I wish Ilona much success in this endeavor and happily give my support to GetClassical In School!

I’m very happy to hear about GetClassical In School, an initiative similar to Rhapsody in School, happening in NYC! That’s great news  and I would really much love being part of it, yes!

I would love to be part of GetClassical In School! GetClassical is an admirable initiative with the noble goal of bringing classical music to new audiences, by making the experience more personal and engaging. The intimate setting of events, offers unique opportunities to connect musicians and audience, preserving the spirit in which classical music  was born. This human dimension brings classical music to life and ensures its relevance for generations to come.

I applaud Ilona Oltuski's wonderful initiative to bring classical music in the classrooms. This is a direct platform that bring musicians and children together through the power of music. Please join me in supporting Get Classical In School.

I didn't hesitate, when I was invited to join GetClassical In School. To this day I am grateful for being exposed early in my life to classical music at the highest level. Music encourages and gives a unique way to connect with other people despite any differences, and this is what we very much need in today's world. I wholeheartedly support Ilona's initiative.

I was very happy to hear about Ilona’s beautiful initiative GetClassical in School. This project is crucially important for the future of classical music and I believe it will also change the life of many children. Nowadays, when we all struggle to sustain classical music alive, I am convinced that sharing the music we love, our stories, emotions and experiences with younger audiences will make a big difference in the way they will perceive and react to classical music. It is the perfect way to educate, to sow and grow in the hearts of younger generation the love, joy and appreciation for this wonderful art.

Music, especially classical music saved my life and I want to bring my joy and love of this music to the youth. That's why I am happy to partake in Ilona's mission of GetClassical In School, bringing passionate encounters with performing artists to the classroom.

I  feel every opportunity given to school age children to be exposed to music  benefits our society as a whole.  Ms. Oltuski’s GetClassical in School Initiative is an obvious encouragement that inspires the next generation.  Having traveled the world I see the impact  music has & this program is easy to support for all the good it will do in NY.

In a time where everyone is talking about shrinking audiences for classical music, it is refreshing to hear about such initiatives like GetClassical In School. Nothing better than inspiring the audience of tomorrow!

"More often than not, people who have decided to turn their passion for music into a profession regard the act of mentoring as a chase towards that elusive perfect performance. I, too, declare myself guilty of it. This is one of the reasons why I am so impressed and humbled by what GetClassical is trying to achieve and promote; if we, as performing artists, want to have an audience for tomorrow (and the day after!), instilling the love for music and a sense of respect towards this art form in our youth is a crucial task. I believe that GetClassical can get us much closer to bringing a child into a concert venue, all by his or her choice and motivated by genuine interest and curiosity, and that is why I consider a great privilege to be a part of it."

I've had the pleasure of performing on Ilona's series Get Classical at Zinc Bar in New York City. I found it refreshing and invigorating to perform a concert in a club venue for an audience that was interested in classical/jazz crossover music, but who would not necessarily come out to the more conservative, prestigious venues where most concerts of this type happen. In the same spirit, I am very happy to hear about Get Classical in School and its mission to bring professional classical artists to share their art with children who may not otherwise be exposed to it. Classical music must expand beyond the concert hall to reach a new generation, to stimulate young minds and expand their musical worlds... and have fun on the journey, of course!

I am thrilled to partake in Ilona’s  GetClassical In School mission, bringing artists to the classroom. I am happy to partake in school visits for some passionate encounters with the children, and to share my personal story for some much needed inspiration, with the next generation.

"Knowing Ilona and her passion and professionalism with all things GetClassical for many years now, I am sure GetClassical In School will fill a much needed gap. Bringing classical music by charismatic performers to the classroom can absolutely enhance the awareness, and yes – light the spark of inspiration – for kids, who may not be sufficiently exposed, or motivated to choose an encounter with classical music. I salute Ilona for bringing an especially personal approach to the project, and trust that the high caliber artists involved will follow her leading down that road in-between academics and indifference, on that small but exciting path of inspiration."

Ilona Oltuski brings experience, knowledge, and genuine initiative to her new endeavor "GetClassical In School." This is exactly what our society needs right now and I am honored to endorse it.

I've always been convinced that everyone loves music and the earlier one is exposed to a particular genre the more chances of him/her being drawn to it later in life. Rather than forced information, GetClassical In School aims to connect people and hear about their story. I couldn't agree more with this approach and hope to be a part of the program!

We all remember that special moment in our childhood when something awakened us, empowered us, made us feel good and opened a door in our minds and hearts. It was a gift to us and now as adults we need to pass this gift onto the next generation. I salute Ilona's initiative to expose as many school kids as possible, to the wonderful realm of classical music and I am very enthusiastic to partake in it.

Children are the Future! Ilona's GetClassical In School is a wonderful, much needed initiative, and I am thrilled to participate.

Ilona's GetClassical In School initiative is a wonderful idea, and much needed. As the director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy, a program that promotes diversity and access to music to students regardless of their ability to pay, it is wonderful to see more programs promoting music in schools, it is never too early to expose children to classical music. It will liven their day and change their life and I look forward being part of it.

"There are few more important things classical musicians can do than reaching out to and inspiring future generations. Ilona Oltuski's "GetClassical In School," is a fantastic chance to do just that, creating opportunities to bring our art into the classroom, engage directly with children and foster a love and appreciation of classical music. This is a truly meaningful initiative that I look forward to participating in."  

I am extremely happy to support Ilona Oltuski's wonderful project "Get Classical In School!"
It's a very important mission that involves everybody and enriching the cultural life: professional musicians, listeners, and most important the young generation.
Classical music is equally important as classical literature or knowledge of history.
I'd be happy to participate in this project in the future.

"There is no better way to help students succeed academically than through increasing their access to music education.  Bravo to GetClassical In School for championing the right cause!"

Get Classical In School by Ilona Oltuski is a wonderful and truly powerful project that is much needed to inspire our kids and enrich their life by those magical encounters with classical music. For many of us such encounters opened the door to entirely new experiences that took us on this amazing journey toward becoming classical musicians, artists. This is exactly how everything begun for me....
Therefore I feel honored passing on my knowledge and enthusiasm every time I step off the big stage and enter the smallest classroom.

GetClassical in School initiative is a unique project--the kind, only few can embark on. The initiative not only brings high class performers and music to the school, it also develops and focuses on the musical communication and conversation between the performers and the audience, which is quite rare in the world of classical music nowadays. I admire Ilona for such a project and her will to revive the music education bond in the classroom.

Ilona Oltuski is a true music and art enthusiast, who spends her energy promoting, educating and inspiring others. Being an accomplished amateur pianist, her love and knowledge of music allows her an opportunity to invite top level performers and organize superb events. I have no doubt that her new initiative “Get Classical in School” will be very rewarding, enlightening and educational for many young members of the audience. This is very important mission to bring classical music into lives of the children.

I am very happy to join Ilona's ideas and efforts. We still have a chance not to become the last generation which cherishes classic art. First of all, art is a great, powerful resource of pleasure, which remains always with you. Even more important is that it stays with you all life once you start enjoying it. And the best is that you can enjoy it any possible way - making it or just watching or listening it. I wish these plans of Ilona to live long and to have great success!

Brava to Ilona Oltuski for her brand new inspirational initiative GetClassical In School! Time and again, it is always that first spark, that sudden inspiration, what wakes up the inner artist in all of us. I am excited to be a part of this project and looking forward to it taking its shape this coming Fall of 2019 in New York City and beyond!

"I am very happy to endorse Ilona's fantastic "GetClassical In School" initiative. As exposure to classical music for young people is becoming increasingly rare within the school system, there has never been a more important time for a program of this nature. Ilona also brings to it a wealth of warmth and knowledge, passion , and commitment that I fell sure will lead to a long and successful venture from which young people will benefit immeasurably!"

It gives me a great pleasure to support GetClassical in School. More than ever the world needs programs dedicated to development of arts and music in schools. Arts education process is universally recognized as one of the most valuable to children of all ages. I wish Ilona and GetClassical much success in this new and important endeavor.

I truly believe creativity is at the core of who we are, and children live in this world instinctively. GetClassical In School will inspire imaginations, bringing many young hearts and minds into direct discovery of the joy and language of music. I would be delighted to partake in Ilona’s beautiful initiative and am excited to see it develop!

GetClassical In School's mission is such an important one; I am honored to be part of it and excited for our first encounter in the classroom.

As both, a scientist and an artist, it's a great honor for me to help promote bringing classical music to the new generation by supporting Ilona's initiative, GetClassical In School. Besides specific advantages in the realm of linguistic, cognitive and motor skill's development, music has a unique power to stimulate intellect, curiosity, spirit and empathy. Therefore I love to encourage such a project that brings classical music back to the classroom, where children can share the joy and freedom of artistic expression.

I’m excited to hear about Ilona's GetClassical In School. What a wonderful and important initiative! I’am delighted to be part of it.

I support with enthusiasm GetClassical In School’s initiative to bring live classical music to the NY schools. This will not only ignite a certain desire among the youngsters to learn an instrument, but will most importantly breed a new generation of listeners.

"Bringing classical music and music education to schools has broad implications beyond just the immediate exposure to great music and great performers. It encourages thinking, empathy and creativity, and all of these great qualities are essential for anyone's development. GetClassical In School is at the forefront in filling this gap in our country's education. Thank you, Ilona, for enriching the culture of our next generations! I hope to be a part of the program in the future!"

As a composer and manager at Naxos of America, I applaud Ilona Oltuski and her efforts to bring classical music to the genre’s future audience. Music education is central to what we do each and every day, and many arts organizations pay only a glancing acknowledgement of its importance. New York may boast a lot of wonderful things, but age-appropriate learning modules for the enjoyment of classical music – how it works, who are its practitioners – are largely missing from all but the largest cultural institutions. And those who might benefit the most from it are those in the greatest need, especially as New York becomes less affordable for so many. To paraphrase Stravinsky, children shouldn’t be taught to respect music; they should be taught to love it.

At a time in which classical music is virtually disappearing from school curriculum, GetClassical In School's aim to introduce it up close and personal to school kids and young adults is a great step toward restoring its place and enriching their lives.

It is so important to reach out to young people and spark their interest in the world of classical music.  I applaud Ilona for creating this wonderful platform to connect musicians with children!

I am happy to support Ilona's initiative GetClassical In School and partake in a school encounter, bringing classical music to the next Generation and the next Generation into our concerts.

"As classical musicians, there is nothing more important than educating young people about this art we hold so near and dear to our hearts; to open their minds and hearts, to inspire them, and to build classical music's future audiences.  Ilona's new initiative of "GetClassical In School" is a thrilling way to bring this great music to the next generation, and I'm so excited to see where it will go and what it will build."

I believe it is not only a fun experience for the kids NOW, but the project would have another outcome, which may be even more important for the future development of classical culture. The Project will educate and carefully grow our future audience and community. These young people will hopefully attend many concert venues and they help grow interest in classical music, something much needed in today’s music scene. Thanks to Ilona’s GetClassical In School the young generation will understand what it means to attend a concert, what to listen for and to experience; and it is our responsibility to make them passionate and curious about it.

Ilona, I absolutely admire this great idea and project. I still remember how surprised and moved I was by the sound of the piano, played by my teacher, when I was a four year old in Kindergarten. That was the beginning of my love for music! It will be truly meaningful for me to come back to a school, play something for the kids and spark their love for music, in turn.

"I know first hand about the transformative power of music, and that's why so many artists are supporting Ilona's wonderful initiative. Absolutely! Count me in!"

Ilona Oltuski's GetClassical In School is an incredible exciting initiative and is the most direct way in America today to create new music music-loving audiences and to discover new performing talent. My first exposure to great music was through a presentation in my first grade class by local musicians....years later, music is my life. GetClassical In School is the future and energy of classical music.