In the fall of 2013 Ben Seabourn approached his friends with the idea of forming a string quartet that could change lives in schools like Collister. His main reason for founding the Catalpa Quartet was to help lower financial barriers between students at Title I elementary schools, and their musical ambitions. Recognizing his personal love of music, he believes all should be able to experience the positive aspects that a musical education can provide. These benefits include focus, memory, attention, active listening, collaborative skills, and leadership. Ben has used the Catalpa Quartet in conjunction with an 18 month course on how to create a non profit through the Davidson Institute For Talent Development, located at the University of Nevada Reno.