Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing music students in low income elementary schools with the tools necessary to pursue a musical education, which leads to tangible benefits including dramatic improvements in focus, memory, attention, collaboration, leadership, and active listening. 


  The Catalpa Quartet at Owyhee elementary

The Catalpa Quartet at Owyhee elementary


In the fall of 2013 Ben Seabourn approached his friends with the idea of forming a string quartet that could help change lives in schools like Collister Elementary, where the members first met. His main reason for founding the Catalpa Quartet was to help lower the financial barriers for students attending Title I Elementary Schools* and their musical ambitions. Sharing their personal love of music, the quartet members believe all students 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. The Catalpa Quartet project coincides with an 18 month course on "how to create a non profit" in your community. Ben's Catalpa Quartet project was chosen as a finalist for the Young Ambassador program through the Davidson Institute For Talent Development, located at the University of Nevada Reno.

Catalpa Drive, the street on which Collister Elementary is located, where the group met

  Ben, Vc and Anaise, Va

Ben, Vc and Anaise, Va

Work To Date:

The Catalpa Quartet is a unincorporated nonprofit organization based in Boise, Idaho. The string ensemble raises funds to aid Title I elementary schools* in the Boise Public School District with orchestral instrument repair. Established in the fall of 2013, the group raised over $19,000 in their first two and a half years. Our funds have the capacity to repair more than 4,750 bridges, 3,800 strings, or 950 end pins.  

Almost every instrument in the district requires repair

*A Title I Elementary school is defined as a school with a high percentage of students who receive free or reduced meals.


I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.

-Glenn Gould