Our Commitment to the Arts and Education

For nearly seven decades, Ames Town & Gown has brought to central Iowa world-renowned musicians, performing masterpieces from the 1400s to the present.

An equally important part of our mission is to reach audiences beyond the concert hall. In recent years, many of our artists have visited area schools, public libraries, senior centers, and veterans’ homes to share their talents and knowledge through special performances, master classes, workshops, career discussions, and more. The recipients of these special programs have come away inspired by these great musicians’ talent, knowledge, and generous spirits.

In October 2016, Ida Kavafian, world-renowned violinist and professor at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, coached high school and university solo string players, as well as the Klier Quartet made up of students from Ames and Gilbert high schools. Afterwards, members of the quartet said, “We really enjoyed our coaching with Ida Kavafian! . . . It was a great opportunity to work with such a renowned chamber musician.”

In November 2016, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic, Liang Wang, and bassoonist Bryan Young, both of the Poulenc Trio, conducted a master class with students from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Amy Christensen, oboe professor at Iowa State commented, “The best part for me as a teacher was the opportunity for my students to see a great artist at work, to hear in a real world setting what it is we are working toward achieving.” The next day, the entire Poulenc Trio performed for and interacted with music students at Ballard High School.

We look forward to more such events as we look forward to our 2017-2018 concert season!


Please consider a gift to our education program so that we may continue to share our artists with the community at large. Checks should be made out to “Ames Town & Gown – Outreach” and mailed to Paula Forrest, Artistic Director, 3222 Oakland Street, Ames, IA 50014.
All donations are tax-deductible.