Outreach to the community and musical education are immensely important to the members of East of the River. When traveling to perform, the group is eager to reach out to the local community by performing or holding workshops in schools, community centers, museums and cultural organizations.

Nina Stern and Daphna Mor are both highly regarded for their successful educational initiatives.

Since 2001 Daphna acts as a musician for the Education department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a program that combines music and art. Passionate about working with children, she has done workshops around the world, collaborating with organizations such as “Peace Org Ta’ayush" to work in a summer camp for underprivileged Palestinian children, and with “World Camps" to teach recorder at a camp in Soweto, South Africa for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Daphna has taught recorder to teenagers and adults recovering from mental illness at the Fountain House in New York City. She has been a faculty member of Nina Stern’s “S’Cool Sounds" program (see below) and has created classes for toddlers and their parents, combining art and music.

Nina Stern is the Artistic Director of “S’Cool Sounds" – a program founded in New York City in 2001 with the mission of bringing the joy of making music to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. In extended residencies, teaching artists – using recorders and percussion - help children to develop the hands-on skills of playing, improvising, and reading music. For this work, Nina Stern was awarded an Endicott Fellowship in 2003 and was honored in 2005 with the “Early Music Brings History Alive" Award, bestowed by Early Music America. Nina has consulted for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute and for Midori and Friends, helping them to develop their recorder curriculum. She has taught special workshops for school children and professional development workshops for classroom and music teachers throughout the United States.