Join CMPI on Saturday, June 19 at 7:00pm CST for a special virtual celebration of diversity in classical music and CMPI’s first two years of programming! The event will feature performances by CMPI fellows of music written by composers of color, stories from our fellows and parents, and special guest appearances by Joseph Conyers and Xavier Foley!

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What is CMPI?

In the short-term, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) aims to build a robust Chicago-area training pathway for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.  To accomplish this, a diverse network of well-established not-for-profit Chicago music and youth-focused organizations work to identify talented, motivated students early in their training, and together, help them to achieve their full musical potential.

Over the long-term, the goal of CMPI is to increase diversity in America’s professional, musical landscape, and particularly in its orchestras, promoting equity, vibrancy, and sustainability within those organizations and the extraordinary art form they celebrate.

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Too many young musicians are still denied the educational and musical resources required to achieve success at the highest level.

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