Mozart for Munchkins creates a relaxed, interactive and engaging environment where children and their families can experience and enjoy the wonders of classical music with a hint of jazz and bluegrass. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back, relax and enjoy the concert. While our concert setting is informal, the programming remains first rate; from Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to bluegrass and Tchaikovsky to Thelonious Monk, Mozart for Munchkins features outstanding repertoire performed by world-class musicians—an unforgettable experience for the whole family!
Sara Leila Sherman was first drawn to the piano at age four, picking out melodies she’d overheard in a sister’s lessons. Hilary Castle set a bow to the strings of a violin at five, marveling that she could conjure such massive sounds from something so small. Since those early days, both have lived and breathed classical music, training under master teachers, performing across the United States and Europe, and eventually establishing thriving teaching studios in New York City, where both now make their homes.
When these two classically trained musicians became moms, they were determined that their own babies should experience the musical richness that they have loved all their lives. Now they want to share that love of music with other families!
Creator & Co-founder
Sara Leila Sherman (Creator & Co-founder) has established a presence on the classical music scene in her home city of New York and beyond. An accomplished pianist whose playing The Epoch Times has called “deeply satisfying, fresh, and insightful.”
Violinist Hilary Castle (Co-founder) maintains an active schedule as a soloist, ensemble musician and teacher. “The electric energy behind Hilary’s playing is indescribable … She breathes life into the music and personifies it in a way that would shame those who thought this music could ever be boring."
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew Rybicki has performed with jazz luminaries Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ernie Watts, Hilary Kole, Wycliffe Gordon, Ted Rosenthal, Mark Gould, Nnenna Freelon, and Marcus Printup.
Enjoying his work as a bright and energetic musician, Peter DelGrosso has found home as a horn player, educator, and composer/arranger in New York City. As a performer he has traveled through China, Switzerland, Sweden and Columbia.
Alexandra ‘Xan’ Russell has always been inspired by the capacity of music to fuse mind, spirit, body, and community, and similarly, of joyful education to instill curiosity, empathy, and love of learning: it was inevitable that she would find her niche to lie at the intersection of arts and education.