Beyond sharing musician’s great talent through its writing, GetClassical is always engaged in gaining new appreciation for classical music. Our classical concerts in alternative scenes, aim to tie classical music with the comfort zone of the city’s leisure venues.

Inspired by the German initiative Rhapsody in School, GetClassical broadens its scope and initiates a similar platform in the New York Metropolitan Area, bringing motivated professional performers into schools. Our charismatic musicians feel compelled to convey the positive message of classical music and spark youngsters’ passion with personal encounters in the classroom.

GetClassical builds a liaison between artists who will share their talent, expertise and enthusiasm through informal encounters and participating schools that want to spark their students’ interest and broaden their horizon.
Building on the momentum of that initial overture in school, the students are invited to attend a formal concert performance of their artist; geared to heighten the experience and leave a lasting impression, despite the lack of music education in schools and appreciation for classical culture.

‎”The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Ilona Oltuski’s initiative GetClassical In School, as we share that mission of bringing Classical music and Classical Culture to youth, especially to those who, through no fault of their own, do not have the means to access this beautiful treasuretrove that belongs to all mankind. We look forward to the opportunity of working with Ilona to bringing more Classical musicians to schools through classroom and concert presentations, so that many more young people can share in the joy of Classical music!”.
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.
Sean Hickey, Composer, Senior Vice-President, Naxos of America, Inc.

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


“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, were 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!”

Avi Avital

Photo: Mandolinist and Deutsche Gramophone recording artist Avi Avital  during one of the many organized school visits by Rhapsody 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!”
AlisaWeilerstein, Cellist
“I’m honoured 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”  Dorian Griner, Pianist  ( photo right)

I welcome Ilona’s initiative GetClassical In School and will be happy to partake when in New York. Everything for Kids!
Amit Peled, Cellist (photo left)

Photograph of Amit Peled, cellist and Johns Hopkins Professor at the Peadbody Institute on 10/28/14