The players of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra are among the finest educators on modern and period instruments in Indianapolis, serving on the faculties of Indiana University, the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, and Butler University - as well as advanced graduate students at Indiana University and Case Western Reserve. We are committed to creating opportunities for children of all ages to experience, learn about, and interact with early music and instruments.
*All IBO Educational Programming is FREE & Open to the Public*
Growing Up Baroque is an annual musical storytelling event designed to introduce children of all ages to recognizable melodies from Baroque repertoire and orchestral instruments.
Don Quixote and
In October 2023, we presented our first bilingual program to fourth grade students at Indianapolis Public Schools #105 Fairbanks, an elementary school with a significant Spanish-speaking student population. Our program included instrumental introductions, selections of Telemann's Don Quixote Suite played by members of the IBO, as well as a reading of the Don Quixote and the Windmills by award-winning children's book author Eric Kimmel in a bilingual English-Spanish format.
In February 2023 IBO partnered with the Indianapolis and Johnson County Public Libraries to present Growing Up Baroque to more than 230 kids and grownups! The event included instrumental introductions, selections of Telemann's Don Quixote Suite played by members of the IBO, as well as a reading of the children's book "Don Quixote and the Windmills" by Eric Kimmel.
Listen to My Trumpet!
In May 2022 members of the IBO presented Growing Up Baroque at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Selections of music featuring the Baroque trumpet were played as well as a reading of Mo Willems "Listen to My Trumpet!"
BRINGING MUSIC TO THE COMMUNITY AND BRINGING COMMUNITY TO THE MUSIC
In November 2023, IBO musicians, Tom Gerber, Marika Holmqvist, and Erica Rubis coached orchestra students at Center Grove High School on Corelli's Christmas Concerto for their upcoming concert.
During the 22-23 season, harpsichordist, Tom Gerber visited piano group classes while violist, Rachel Gries visited violin group classes at the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy.
In March 2023, flutist, Leighann Daihl Ragusa gave an introductory class on ornamentation to students, alumni, and local-area flutists at the University of Indianapolis.
In connection with our Messiah performances, we designed an interactive, family-friendly introduction to Handel's Messiah! You’ve heard the famous Hallelujah Chorus – now learn about the rest of Handel’s masterpiece and the compositional tricks he used to make Messiah such a feast for the ears. Hear the music played on historical instruments and look forward to a special appearance by Handel himself! Chat with orchestra musicians after the performance and take home a themed gift bag including color-by-number pages of Baroque composers and instruments, a noise-maker or instrument to played during the program, and a Bibliocommons reading list to continue learning at home!