Quinteto Latino is made up of five passionate Teaching Artists who are as dedicated to community engagement as to traditional concertizing. We have performed literally hundreds of free concerts in elementary schools, middle schools, libraries, community centers, and senior centers throughout Northern California.

Our residencies have involved extended work in settings including Oakland School for the Arts (a public charter middle and high school arts magnet), Enriching Lives through Music (San Rafael, CA), Teatro Pregrones (South Bronx, NY), MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, CA), and Stanford Live (Palo Alto, CA).

Our educational programs are fun and interactive, and can be appropriately tailored for age groups from K-8 and for English Language Learners.

• “Raices de Nuestra Musica/Our Musical Roots” – a celebration of cultural awareness and pride
• “Composer, Musician, Audience”–  a look into musical concepts that create any concert experience

For a quick look inside Quinteto Latino’s educational program check out this amazing video:




We also offer workshops geared toward music students at middle school, high school, and college levels:

• Chamber music coaching – unleashing the power of teamwork and collective creativity
• Paths to Musical Careers – sharing expertise in everything from audition preparation to grant writing to small business self-management

Lead Teaching Artist, Armando Castellano

Armando is a musician, teaching artist and arts advocate who has taught students and teachers throughout the Bay Area, bilingually, in English and Spanish, from pre-school to university.

In the classroom, Armando creates a safe environment for all students where creative expression and artistic choices are encouraged and developed with an emphasis on culture and identity.

Armando, and members of Quinteto Latino are currently in residence at the Community School of Music (Mountain View, CA) and Stanford Live (Palo Alto, CA). Quinteto Latino has just been awarded a prestigious California Arts Council’s Artist in Schools Engagement Grant program through which they will be working with a cohort of eight schools throughout the Bay Area.

This season’s teacher trainings include a yearlong project with a cohort of music teachers from Ravenswood School District (East Palo Alto) and seminars for classroom teachers for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Stanford Live Teacher Workshop Series, and the Oakland Symphony Muse Program.