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January 16, 2024 in News

Equity Arc (Formerly NIMAN) Common Summer Study Application and National Pathways Festival

Equity Arc, formerly NIMAN, is an organization created to support young musicians from historically underrepresented backgrounds in classical music. The program brings together students from musical Pathway programs like CMPI…
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January 16, 2024 in News

Musical New Year’s Resolutions

CMPI asked our fellows to come up with some New Year’s Resolutions related to their playing, practicing, or other musical endeavors. Here are just a few from our string players:…
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January 16, 2024 in News

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience! CMPI Fellows Traveled to Havana, Cuba

by Wren Williams, parent of Javier Irizarry, Violin The journey to Cuba marked a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Cuba with a select group of American peers and nationally recognized teaching artists,…
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December 4, 2023 in News

A Parent’s Perspective on Injuries

by Lorie Estanislao, alumni parent As the parent of an alum, I was fortunate to attend the first 2023-4 CMPI family meeting on injury prevention with my son Mateo. Mateo…
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December 1, 2023 in News

El Proceso del Jurado de CMPI

por Angelica Galicia ¿Acabas de participar en tu primer jurado de CMPI? ¿O te consideras un miembro experto del jurado? ¿Y qué es exactamente un jurado? ¿Hay un veredicto de…
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December 1, 2023 in News

The CMPI Jury Process

by Angelica Galicia Did you just participate in your first CMPI jury? Or do you consider yourself a seasoned jury participant? And what exactly is a jury? Is there a…
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December 1, 2023 in News

Writing College Essays, Start Early!!!

by Javier Irizarry, CMPI Violin Fellow Crafting a college essay can be a daunting task, particularly for those who underestimate the substantial workload involved. My initial attempt at creating a…
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December 1, 2023 in News

Purchasing An Orchestral Instrument, from a Parent’s Perspective

by Sheena Nickerson Parent of Eric Nickerson, CMPI Fellow I noticed it was time to upgrade my son’s instrument when he developed intense back pain from having to work very…
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December 1, 2023 in News

Health and Wellness Column: Warming Up, Stretching, and Cooling Down

This month debuts a new health and wellness feature that we plan to include in upcoming editions of the newsletter. Because health and wellness, especially in relation to injuries and…
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October 31, 2023 in News

A Lesson in Despairing Circumstances: Why Injury is the Best Teacher

CMPI Alumnus and double bassist, Mateo Estanislao, has had a rough two years of injury, rehabilitation, and rebuilding his bass playing. After being diagnosed with elbow tendinitis in January 2022,…
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October 31, 2023 in News

Applications for New CMPI Fellows Are Open!

It’s that time of year again! We are excited to have opened applications for our 2024-25 student cohort, with an application deadline of February 5, 2024. In honor of CMPI’s…
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October 31, 2023 in News

Body Awareness: Methods of Preventing and Treating Pain in Musicians

This month CMPI is focusing on musician health, including a community meeting run by a physical therapist (PT) and occupational therapist (OT). While PTs and OTs are essential for treating…
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September 28, 2023 in News

CMPI 2023-24 Season Preview

In its fifth year of operation, CMPI continues to bring incomparable musical experiences to its fellows and the larger Chicago community. We will highlight some of the amazing musical opportunities…
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September 28, 2023 in News

Insider Knowledge and Validation from Violin and Viola Mentor Roslyn Green

Violin and Viola Mentor Roslyn Green is certainly keeping busy! She’s starting her second season as the Principal Viola of the Des Moines Symphony, a position which has helped her…
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September 28, 2023 in News

Fellow Mahalia Hernandez in Pursuit of a New Violin

My name is Mahalia Hernandez, I am a 17-year-old violinist, and I am passionate about pursuing music in college and as a career. I am a fellow of the Chicago…
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September 28, 2023 in News

Fellow Eric Nickerson’s Quest for a New Cello

My name is Eric Nickerson and I am an aspiring orchestral cellist. I have been playing the cello for eight years now and have loved every moment of it. I…
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September 1, 2023 in News

Hanna Marszalek’s Summer at Philadelphia International Music Festival

Hello, I am Hanna Marszalek, and I'm now a Harry D. Jacobs High School freshman. I wanted to share my experience at the  Philadelphia International Music Festival’s (PIMF) Solo Performance…
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September 1, 2023 in News

Meet CMPI Project Manager Sarah Vander Ploeg

Sarah Vander Ploeg joined the CMPI staff team in late June of 2022, but is grateful to have been around the program since the first student cohort started in 2019,…
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September 1, 2023 in News

Opening Doors 2023

CMPI is pleased to announce our second-annual fundraising event, Opening Doors 2023! We look forward to gathering in Symphony Center’s spacious Buntrock Hall on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm for…
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September 1, 2023 in News

Keeping Open the Doors of Possibility: Student Navigator Becca Dora

Student Navigator Becca Dora is an oboist, teacher, and arts administrator who is passionate about advancing equity in classical music. She originally came to CMPI from Ravinia’s El Sistema program…
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September 1, 2023 in News

CMPI 2023 Kick-Off at Ravinia

For the third year in a row, our friends at the Ravinia Festival welcomed us onto their lawn for an evening of music and community. We shared a picnic and…
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July 13, 2023 in News

How to Obtain an Instrument You Cannot Afford

Instruments are expensive. Really, extraordinarily expensive. This is especially true for string instruments, with instruments suitable for college study running a minimum of $10,000. For the most advanced students, the…
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July 2, 2023 in News

Creating Your Student Resume, Curriculum Vitae (CV), and Repertoire List

When students are first learning their instruments, they most likely are not thinking about the documents they will need when they audition for summer programs, competitions, jobs, and colleges. However,…
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July 2, 2023 in News

Where in the World are CMPI Fellows This Summer?

Summer is a time for young musicians to focus exclusively on honing their craft, and CMPI Fellows willingly embrace this fun and exciting time. This year, CMPI is sending fellows…
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May 30, 2023 in News

Senior Oboe Fellow Zachary Allen’s CMPI Journey

As I look back on my time in CMPI, I can’t believe how fast the last four years have gone by. I first joined CMPI in 8th grade. Five years…
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May 27, 2023 in News

Senior Violin Fellow Ella Saputra Reflects on Her CMPI Experience

My name is Ella Saputra, and I am an eighteen-year-old violinist from Schaumburg, IL. I am a recently graduated senior from James B. Conant High School and have been involved…
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May 27, 2023 in News

Flutist Anika Veda: From CMPI Alum to Intern

Anika Veda is an alum of CMPI who graduated along with the class of 2022. Having completed her first year studying Flute performance at Rice University, she joins the CMPI…
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May 22, 2023 in News

Congratulations Class of 2023!

The CMPI Class of 2023 is off to great places! Please help us celebrate their accomplishments and their future successes. Would you like to make a gift to support CMPI?
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May 22, 2023 in News

The Importance of Every Note: Trombone Mentor Hugo Saavedra

Trombonist Hugo Saavedra is exceptionally busy, even by musician standards. Not only does he perform in ensembles including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Kalamazoo Symphony, and others in the area,…
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April 27, 2023 in News

Violin Fellow Amarin Sharma on Handling a Playing Injury

Hello! My name is Amarin Sharma and I am a current senior. I have been playing the violin for the past 10 years and I would like to share my…
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April 26, 2023 in News

Practice-a-Thon 2023 Success!

Practice-a-Thon 2023 is officially complete! We’ve enjoyed seeing many of your videos and hearing how this process has helped you feel more comfortable sharing your music-making with others. While we…
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April 26, 2023 in News

CMPI Alumni Provide Advice to Current Fellows

Parent Eugenia Johnson wrote this article about her perceptions of a recent Community Meeting with CMPI alumni. This month’s Community Meeting featured previous CMPI fellows. It was great to see…
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April 26, 2023 in News

CMPI Senior College Acceptances

This year CMPI has been happy to support 15 seniors through their application, preparation, and auditions for schools across the country. Our students found themselves auditioning at a great range…
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April 25, 2023 in News

Auditioning for CMPI…and Meet This Year’s Successful Applicants!

We’ve talked a lot about all the accomplishments of CMPI students, but have you ever wondered what the process is like to become a CMPI fellow? This article will take…
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April 25, 2023 in News

Bassoon Mentor Ben Roidl-Ward and “Team Fabrizio”

Leer en español abajo   Note: Angelica Galica, parent to CMPI Bassoon Fellow Fabrizio Milcent, wrote this piece about her son and his mentor, Ben Roidl-Ward.  One of the advantages…
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March 30, 2023 in News

CMPI Fellows Perform in 2023 CSO Youth in Music Festival Orchestra

The Youth in Music Festival Orchestra, sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute, featured more than 50 advanced students from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and CMPI. Participating CMPI…
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March 29, 2023 in News

CMPI Practice-a-Thon Still Needs Your Support!

CMPI fellows are spending their first 100 days of 2023 recording a snippet of regular practice to share their musical growth. Day in and day out, CMPI is there to…
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March 29, 2023 in News

Bass Fellow Mateo Estanislao’s Experience Playing in the National Pathways Festival Orchestra

Seven fellows and multiple CMPI staff members traveled to Cincinnati from March 16-19 for the Equity Arc Annual Convening and National Pathways Festival Orchestra. The orchestra included CMPI fellows Ella…
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March 29, 2023 in News

CMPI Fellows Fundraise for Instruments

An unfortunate fact of becoming a musician is that it can be really expensive, especially to purchase an instrument. It is not uncommon for some professional level instruments to cost…
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March 29, 2023 in News

Finding Your Voice with CMPI Oboe Faculty Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson’s approach to classical music is personal. She says, “It’s about finding your voice and putting your voice into the music that is given. You are being yourself, and…
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February 24, 2023 in News

Preparing for Competitions with Violin Fellow Javier Irizarry

Hello, I am Javier, and I am a violinist. I want to share information about my preparation for competitions and how I choose my repertoire efficiently. This past year, I…
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February 21, 2023 in News

CMPI Fellows Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month in Performance

Chicago offered CMPI Fellows a delightful array of performances and concerts in honor of both Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and Black History Month. First up was Evanston’s Martin Luther…
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February 21, 2023 in News

Viola Fellow Leo Rodriguez on Developing a Practice Schedule

My name is Dubravko Leonardo Rodriguez. I am a senior violist attending New Trier Township High School. It has been very busy for our seniors this year! In addition, with…
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February 21, 2023 in News

Living the Family Business: Trombone Fellow Owen Riordan

My musical career started almost immediately as I was brought home from the hospital. I was raised in a musical household, and the constant melodies and fragments of solos, excerpts,…
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February 15, 2023 in News

Time For Large Ensemble and Program Auditions!

CMPI Fellows who are in high school are required to participate in an auditioned large ensemble, but fulfilling this requirement takes a bit of foresight, as many programs hold auditions…
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January 31, 2023 in News

Support the CMPI Practice-a-Thon!

CMPI fellows are spending their first 100 days of 2023 recording a snippet of regular practice to share their musical growth. Day in and day out, CMPI is there to…
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January 25, 2023 in News

NIMAN’s Common Application for Summer Study and Upcoming National Pathways Festival

While CMPI works with young musicians in the Chicago area, there are many similar organizations around the country doing equally amazing work in their cities. Uniting these many organizations and…
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January 25, 2023 in News

Mentor Khelsey Zarraga: Give Yourself Some Grace

Khelsey Zarraga takes part in a variety of work: she is a freelancing violinist, teacher, music administrator, and an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Raised in the suburbs…
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January 25, 2023 in News

Tips for the Future from Senior Violin Fellow Evan Campbell

The beginning of my journey in music started in first grade. My school was very small; there were only about 40 students in my entire eighth grade graduation class, but…
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December 13, 2022 in News

Moved to Tears: A Fellow Reports on Chicago Sinfonietta’s NEXT Concert

CMPI Fellow Andrei Nague attended Chicago Sinfonietta’s NEXT Concert, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen this past September. Here are his thoughts on the concert.  The first selection of the Sinfonietta’s program,…
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December 12, 2022 in News

An Interview with Fellow Natalia Noriega on the Fortissima Program

Fortissima is an artistic and leadership development program at the Colburn School for high school age young women from underrepresented minorities in classical music. This 6-month program for 10 young…
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December 12, 2022 in News

Senior Fellow Sameer Agrawal on Practicing Large Amounts of Repertoire

My name is Sameer Agrawal and I am a 17-year-old violinist from Albany Park in Chicago. I am a senior at Northside College Prep and I study at the Music…
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December 12, 2022 in News

Writing a Bio for a Precollege Classical Musician

One of the very first assignments given to CMPI Fellows is to write a bio about themselves. For Fellows who have never written a bio, it can be a daunting…
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November 28, 2022 in News

The Person I am Today: The Story of Percussionist Aleo Esparza

I will always remember the time when I fell in love with percussion. It was at my sister’s middle school Jazz Band concert and seven-year-old me was sitting in the…
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November 23, 2022 in News

CMPI is Opening Doors: Scenes from Our Benefit

CMPI held our first in-person benefit event, “Opening Doors,” on Wednesday, October 26 in Symphony Center’s Buntrock Hall. A celebration of diversity and excellence in classical music, the evening featured…
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October 27, 2022 in News

Mentoring with Violinist Emelinda Escobar

Parent Kenyetta Giles Haynes interviewed violinist and CMPI Mentor Emelina Escobar. Their conversation is below. When I typed your name into my browser one of the first things to pop…
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October 25, 2022 in News

Tuba Camp Times Two!

By Pierre Ngoy Thanks to the recommendation and assistance from my private teacher Scott Tegge, I was able to attend two band camps over the summer: The Illinois Summer Youth…
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October 25, 2022 in News

Hitting All the Right Notes: Senior Percussion Fellow Kevin Reyes

Hello CMPI community! My name is Kevin Reyes, a 17-year-old percussionist from the Gage Park area of Chicago on the southside. I am currently a senior at Chicago Military Academy…
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October 25, 2022 in News

A CMPI Fellow Reviews a Performance by Another CMPI Fellow

Violin Fellow Mahalia Hernandez attended and reviewed a concert that just happened to include another CMPI Fellow, cellist Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, as a soloist. Here are her reflections. The Oistrakh…
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October 25, 2022 in News

Isabel Armenta’s Experience with the Percussion Scholarship Program

My name is Isabel Armenta and I am a 16-year-old percussionist who is part of the Percussion Scholarship Program (PSP). PSP is an intensive weekly percussion instruction program on a…
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September 28, 2022 in News

CYSO Tour Reflections with CMPI Fellow Elena Miller

CMPI currently has 18 fellows who participate in a Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra ensemble. This summer, the CYSO Symphony Orchestra went on a European tour to Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, and…
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September 27, 2022 in News

Flute Fellow Kaylee Johnson’s Experience with CMPI Steering Partner ChiArts

Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) is part of CMPI’s Steering Team, providing support to students within CMPI and the program as a whole. ChiArts is Chicago’s first public…
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September 21, 2022 in News

Welcome New CMPI Fellows!

This year, CMPI welcomes nine new fellows, including five violinists, a violist, a cellist, a flutist, and a bass trombonist. They range in age from sixth to eleventh grade and…
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August 29, 2022 in News

Music Camp Experience at Fulton Summer Music Academy

By Amarin Sharma In July 2022, I attended a 4-week intensive strings music camp at the Fulton Summer Music Academy (FSMA) at Loyola University in Chicago. After the highly selective…
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August 27, 2022 in News

My Summer at Brevard Music Center Summer Institute

By Aleo Esparza This summer, I spent six weeks in Brevard, North Carolina at Brevard Music Center Summer Institute studying classical percussion. Brevard is an orchestrally focused summer program for…
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August 26, 2022 in News

Thoughts on Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music

By Akosua Haynes I loved my first (in person) year at Sphinx Performance Academy. For the past two years, I attended Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) online, and I had high…
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August 26, 2022 in News

A Summer at the Verbier Festival

By Ella Saputra For three weeks in July, I had the pleasure of attending the Verbier Festival as part of the Junior Orchestra (VFJO) in Verbier, Switzerland. As the first…
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August 26, 2022 in News

CMPI Kickoff: How Maestro Miguel Prieto Changed My Perspective on Being a Musician

By Jonathan Martinez Growing up with three older brothers in the school band, I was always surrounded by music and wanted to know more about what it meant to be…
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August 26, 2022 in News

My Summer at Interlochen Arts Camp

By Hanna Marszalek The summer camp that I attended this year was at Interlochen Arts Camp. The program was Intermediate Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The program lasted 3 weeks and…
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July 19, 2022 in News

Broadly Mentoring: Flute Mentor Suzanne Hannau

CMPI parent Kenyetta Giles Haynes recently sat down to speak with Suzanne Hannau, CMPI flute mentor, to connect with her energy, enthusiasm, and effervescence. How long have you been with…
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July 17, 2022 in News

Interview with Senior Violinist Alejandro Acosta

CMPI celebrates the 10 graduates of the class of 2022! CMPI Student Navigator Becca Dora had the privilege of sitting down with one of these graduates to discuss everything from…
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June 29, 2022 in News

An Interview with Alum Xavier Perry

Tell us about yourself! (Name, instrument, school, teacher, interests) I'm Xavier Perry, I'm 19, and I'm about to be a sophomore at Drake University. I'm majoring in Music Performance on…
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June 24, 2022 in News

Sending CMPI Fellows Out into the World!

Summer marks the time when CMPI Fellows begin to leave their homes in the Chicago area and venture out into the world. For seniors, this is a time to send…
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June 24, 2022 in News

Violin Faculty Member and Mentor Iris Wei

For this month’s faculty feature, student navigator Emory Freeman had the pleasure of interviewing violinist Iris Wei. An active educator, Iris Wei maintains a violin studio of over forty students…
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May 31, 2022 in News

Congratulations Class of 2022!

Would you like to make a gift to support CMPI?
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May 30, 2022 in News

Finding Balance with Trombone Fellow Owen Riordan

The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative website lists each of its current fellows, arranged alphabetically by first name; you will find their names, photos, and a short bio that states the…
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May 29, 2022 in News

The Strum Experience with Jessie Montgomery

Few things are more exciting for a young classical musician than a masterclass with a composer. Members of the CMPI Quartet, violinists Sameer Agrawal and Esme Arias-Kim, violist Ella Saputra,…
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May 27, 2022 in News

Inspiration from Flute Faculty Member Marianna Gariazzo

For this month’s faculty feature, Student Navigator Emory Freeman had the pleasure of interviewing Mariana Gariazzo. In addition to teaching at CMPI, Mariana Gariazzo is a Teaching Associate in Flute…
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May 27, 2022 in News

An Interview with Violin Alum Nicole Kwasny

Tell us about yourself! I’m Nicole Kwasny, a freshman at Depaul, majoring in music performance at the violin studying with professor I-Hao Lee. Do you have a favorite composer? What…
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May 26, 2022 in News

Mindful Practicing and Preparation: Mind Over Finger with Renée-Paule Gauthier

One of the most challenging parts of becoming a classical musician is the difficulty in practicing, preparing for, and taking auditions. CMPI Fellows are fortunate to have the help of…
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April 28, 2022 in News

Peer Interviews: Zach Allen and Akosua Haynes

This month CMPI includes another peer-to-peer interview between fellows. Enjoy this pair of interviews between oboe fellow Zach Allen and cello fellow Akosua Haynes. What grade are you in and…
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April 27, 2022 in News

“This is Just the Beginning”: Chicago Youth in Music Festival and National Summit Overview

The work of Pathways programs is not new; organizations like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program have been around for decades, supporting the musical growth of students from underrepresented…
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April 27, 2022 in News

Immersed in Music: Alum Rafael Noriega

CMPI Alum Rafael Noriega is a passionate bass trombonist studying music performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). He is happy to be studying with the acting bass trombonist…
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April 27, 2022 in News

An Interview with Pianist Collaborator Beilin Han

One of the aspects that makes CMPI so special is the opportunity fellows get to perform and collaborate with world-class professional pianists. Student Navigator Becca Dora sat down with pianist…
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April 26, 2022 in News

NIMAN: Partner for Good

The students and families of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) are all keenly aware of the amazing work that CMPI does in the community. From their own first-hand experience, each…
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April 22, 2022 in News

An Interview with Mentor Robyn Smith

For this month’s mentor feature, Student Navigator Emory Freeman had the pleasure of interviewing the newly appointed second trombonist of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Robyn Smith. Robyn recently graduated with…
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April 20, 2022 in News

Celebrating the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra!

From April 9-11, Chicago had the honor of hosting the first Youth in Music Festival and National Pathways Summit. While the Youth in Music Festival Orchestra has been a tradition…
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March 26, 2022 in News

The Success of Percussion Faculty Simón Gómez Gallego

What does it take to become a successful musician? In our growing CMPI community of exceptionally talented young musicians and their parents, we are blessed with a plethora of support…
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March 26, 2022 in News

Keep Performing! An Interview with Oboe Alum Oliver Talukder

CMPI Alum Oliver Talukder is in his second year at the Curtis Institute of Music as an Oboe performance major. He is an active member of the music community at…
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March 25, 2022 in News

Mentor Panel on Musical Career Paths

In CMPI’s February community meeting, our fellows got the chance to learn more about possible career paths in music from CMPI mentors James Sanders, Kevin Gupana, Lindsey Sharpe, and Robyn…
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March 25, 2022 in News

CMPI Students Benefit From New Instruments

One of the many advantages of being a CMPI fellow is having access to a stipend specifically for instrument purchase. Here is a sampling of some of the instruments fellows…
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February 24, 2022 in News

Thoughts on Preparation from Violin Fellow Esme Arias-Kim

This past fall, I was very lucky to take part in multiple in-person music experiences. Each has helped shape different aspects of me as a violinist and as an artist.…
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February 24, 2022 in News

Peer Interviews: Heidi Murillo and Samuella Booker-Alley

This month CMPI is including the first of several peer-to-peer interviews between fellows. Enjoy this pair of interviews between clarinet fellow Samuella Booker-Alley and violin fellow Heidi Murillo. When did…
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February 23, 2022 in News

Flute Alumna Michelle Brannon’s College Experience

For Michelle Brannon, her start at the University of Colorado’s School of Music has been all about making connections in the tight-knit music community that she has found in Boulder.…
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February 22, 2022 in News

CMPI Takes on ILMEA!

The Illinois Music Education Association offers a district festival experience for Elementary through Senior High students in Illinois. CMPI is so grateful to have had students attend the ILMEA conference…
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February 22, 2022 in News

Continuing the Legacy: Student Navigator Emory Freeman

I have always been a dreamer. But growing up in segregation, to have fulfilled my personal dreams and to have helped to found an entity that brings dreams to others,…
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February 22, 2022 in News

Having it All: Cello Mentor Lindsey Sharpe

Cellist and CMPI mentor Lindsey Sharpe embodies an important truth about professional musicians: “Musicians are hustlers,” she explained. “I will always have more than one job. I want to have…
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February 18, 2022 in News

Compositional Intersectionality: Florence Price

As Black History Month draws to a close and we are about to embark on Women’s History Month, one pioneering composer neatly straddles the intersection: Florence Price (1887-1953). Born in…
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February 18, 2022 in News

Every Moment is Intentional: Viola Faculty Member Danny Lai

Chicago Symphony Orchestra violist and CMPI faculty member Danny Lai vividly recalls the moment when he decided to make classical music his career choice. He was playing in a high…
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January 22, 2022 in News

CMPI’s Collaborative Winter Playlist!

New student navigator Emory Freeman tells us about CMPI’s curated – but also collaborative – winter playlist.  Winter is the most beautiful time as the snow falls, the hot chocolate…
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January 22, 2022 in News

The Cycle of Mentorship: A Conversation with Steven Gooden

Clarinetist and CMPI mentor Steven Gooden wears many hats. He’s the Director of Bands at Proviso Math and Science Academy, IVM Band Director, Symphonic Band Conductor and Woodwind Department Chair…
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January 21, 2022 in News

Meet CMPI Newsletter’s Parent Volunteers

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” – Idowu Koyenikan CMPI parents are as different from one…
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January 21, 2022 in News

Catching up with Alumna Meli Everson

Mindfulness and preparation are central to Meli’s mindset concerning the study of music. A freshman at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she studies Clarinet Performance and has found a…
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January 21, 2022 in News

CMPI Practice-A-Thon 2022

I’m excited to announce the first ever CMPI Practice-A-Thon, taking place between January 1, 2022 and March 31, 2022. All participants have or will create their own MobileCause page where…
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January 18, 2022 in News

Learning from the Best: A Masterclass with Hilary Hahn

Sameer Agrawal, a CMPI Violin Fellow, describes his experiences at a CMPI masterclass with violinist Hilary Hahn. On December 11, 2021, I was one of three CMPI violin fellows who…
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January 18, 2022 in News

A Masterclass with Violinist Ray Chen

CMPI Violin Fellow Aiden Daniels recounts his experience from December 1, 2021, when he played on a masterclass for violin superstar Ray Chen. I recently had the great opportunity to…
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December 21, 2021 in News

Interview with Violin Fellow Autymn Williams

Parent Kenyetta Giles Haynes interviewed senior violin fellow Autymn Williams recently. Here is their conversation. Autymn, you started with CMPI three years ago as an inaugural fellow. How has the…
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December 20, 2021 in News

The CMPI Advisory Process

Twice a year, each CMPI fellow participates in what is perhaps the most integral part of CMPI: the Advisory. What is the Advisory? The Advisory is simply a meeting that…
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December 20, 2021 in News

Being There: Cello Faculty Member David Cunliffe

In this article, we talk with cello faculty member David Cunliffe on the intersection between the unique and the universal in the teaching of music, and the importance of showing…
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December 20, 2021 in News

Genius and Darkness: Beethoven’s Life and Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated composers in history, often thought of as a musical genius. But Beethoven also possessed a brooding affect and grappled…
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December 20, 2021 in News

Clarinet Mentor Elizandro Garcia-Montoya

In this month's mentor feature, we take a glance into Elizandro Garcia-Montoya's journey in music. Elizandro's vast array of experience is immediately noticeable. He brings a great depth of knowledge,…
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December 20, 2021 in News

Consistency is Key: Reflections from Alumna Olivia Molina

Alumna Olivia Molina approaches each day with the goal of trying to be better than the day before, saying, “consistency is key.” Through her first semester studying violin at Oberlin…
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November 18, 2021 in News

CMPI Takes on the Percussive Arts Society International Convention

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) takes place every year in Indianapolis, IN. Percussionists from around the globe gather to participate in panel discussions, attend workshops and performances, participate…
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November 18, 2021 in News

A Chat with Percussion Faculty Member Michael Kozakis

Student Navigator Jennifer Woodrum had the opportunity to sit down at the PASIC convention in Indianapolis this past weekend with CMPI Faculty member, Michael Kozakis. Michael serves on the percussion…
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November 16, 2021 in News

Mozart’s Delightful Melodies

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was quite a character, notorious for his crude humor and bawdy vocal canons. Despite his idiosyncratic nature, he was equally skilled in composing instrumental music, sublime…
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November 16, 2021 in News

A Conversation with CMPI Mentor Seth Pae

In this month’s CMPI mentor feature, Seth Pae talks to us about his current music projects, mentors, and his belief in CMPI’s mission. Seth enjoys a diverse musical career playing,…
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November 16, 2021 in News

Looking Forward and Back: Alum Amanda Perez

Amanda Perez is a violist who has dedicated herself to intensive study and seeking opportunities to grow whenever possible. A junior at Northern Illinois University, Amanda graduated from CMPI after…
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November 15, 2021 in News

Competitions: Friend or Foe?

Many student musicians participate in numerous competitions growing up — and many do not. CMPI fellows follow this pattern, with a few fellows participating in numerous competitions, a larger number who…
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October 22, 2021 in News

Also, A Composer: CMPI Fellow Jonathan Miller On Composition

Along with being a CMPI cellist, I have long held an interest in composing. When I was little, around age three or four, I would have lengthy, improvised jam sessions…
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October 22, 2021 in News

Fellows Reflect on Recent Concerts

One of the perks of being a CMPI fellow is access to complimentary tickets throughout the year to attend Chicago Sinfonietta and Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances. CMPI fellows are required…
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October 21, 2021 in News

Once-in-a-Lifetime: Parents Reflect on a Quartet Trip to France Amid a Pandemic

CMPI Student Navigator Jennifer Woodrum recently had the privilege of sitting down with Ayesha Shahid and Angela Whitfield — two fierce CMPI moms who know an amazing opportunity when they…
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October 21, 2021 in News

From the CSO to CMPI: Faculty Violinist David Taylor

Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) assistant concertmaster David Taylor can be considered one of the living pillars of the classical music community in Chicago and beyond. He began his current role…
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October 21, 2021 in News

A Multifaceted Violin Career: Mentor Caitlin Edwards

Music has always been an integral part of life for CMPI mentor Caitlin Edwards. Caitlin sang in her church choir as a young child and started playing the violin in…
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October 20, 2021 in News

Interview with Alumnus Nando Cordeiro

When asked what advice he would give to current CMPI students, alumnus Nando Cordeiro said, “Be organized and mindful.” After his final year of study, auditions, and decision making, he…
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October 19, 2021 in News

A Constant Friend: Unaccompanied Bach for Strings

When string players look at almost any audition list, they will see a commonality: a required movement or two of unaccompanied Bach. Violinists are typically asked to play from Bach’s…
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September 27, 2021 in News

Staff Spotlight: James Hall, Program Manager

James Hall imagined being a part of an innovative program supporting gifted pre-college musicians from underrepresented backgrounds in the Chicagoland area long before the launch of CMPI. While working as…
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September 25, 2021 in News

A Student Navigator Walks into a Recital

Student Navigator Jennifer Woodrum reflects on her recent attendance at CMPI fellow Ella Saputra’s recital. The day began like most other days with some peace and quiet, morning coffee and…
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September 24, 2021 in News

Fall Preview for CMPI Seniors

Senior year of high school is always filled with lots of emotions — from excitement to utter fear — as students prepare for college, send in their applications, and get…
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September 24, 2021 in News

Ravinia Kick-off Event!

An absolute highlight of our last month at CMPI has to be the Kick-off Event at Ravinia on September 8. CMPI families, mentors, and staff gathered on the Ravinia lawn…
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September 24, 2021 in News

A New Class of Fellows for 2021-22

The 2021/22 academic year will see CMPI’s community grow from 93 fellows to 108. With the addition of two double bassists to our program, CMPI now has students who play…
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September 24, 2021 in News

Teaching with a Growth Mindset: Faculty Spotlight on Davis King

Teachers who understand the unique needs and aspirations of each student and work with them in reaching their goals are the kind of teachers that become part of the success…
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September 24, 2021 in News

Providing Mentorship: Violinist and Educator Danielle Simandl

Violinist and educator Danielle Simandl Danielle became involved with CMPI after catching up with our Student Navigator, Jennifer Woodrum. “We were performing together at a gig, and during a break, Jenny…
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August 28, 2021 in News

CMPI Summer Camps – August Update

Continuing from our July edition, CMPI fellows share more experiences, wisdom and memorable moments from their summer camps in this article. They are sure to carry with them inspiration and…
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August 28, 2021 in News

Navigating CMPI: A Conversation with Student Navigator Miguel Aguirre

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is blessed with an abundance of talented individuals. From our young fellows, to the seasoned teachers and faculty, to the committed staff who keep everything…
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August 28, 2021 in News

CMPI and Ravinia: A Harmonious Partnership

A highlight of this past summer with CMPI has been our constant engagement with the Ravinia Summer Festival in Highland Park. Over the summer we have been lucky enough to…
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August 28, 2021 in News

Faculty (and Parent!) Feature: Timothy Riordan, Trombone

CMPI trombone faculty member Timothy Riordan knows how to fix any technique problems his students face because he has encountered most of them himself. Introduced to the trombone at an…
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July 28, 2021 in News

CMPI Statistics 2021-2022

As CMPI enters its third year of programming, 38 new students and families will be joining the program beginning September 1, 2021. Here are a few statistics about CMPI’s full…
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July 27, 2021 in News

CMPI Summer Camps – July Update

Our fellows are enjoying this wonderful time of the year by immersing themselves not just in the sunshine but also in exceptional music, teachers, and the musical community. Yes! Summer…
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July 26, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Xavier Perry

Exciting times are up ahead for our CMPI graduates who have successfully completed their college application journey. One such student is cellist Xavier Perry, who graduated from Kenwood Academy High…
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July 26, 2021 in News

Staff Spotlight: Welcome New Student Navigator Jade Garcia!

For Jade Garcia, CMPI’s newest student navigator, all roads seemed to lead to CMPI. “ inspired me because it combined everything that I am passionate about — my love of…
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July 26, 2021 in News

Teaching with Greatness: CMPI Faculty Member Sang Mee Lee

CMPI violin and chamber music faculty member Sang Mee Lee is in many ways the textbook definition of a model teacher. She certainly has the pedigree — including two degrees…
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June 17, 2021 in News

A Catalyst for Change: Adrienne Thompson discusses a results-driven life

Adrienne Thompson knows a thing or two about tough love. The Chicago-native has made a name for herself by thriving in challenging situations, including working in the banking industry, raising…
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June 16, 2021 in News

Picture Gallery: CMPI Family Day, June 6, 2021

CMPI celebrated a triumphant school year during a socially distanced Family Fun Day in early June.
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June 16, 2021 in News

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: CMPI Juneteenth Celebration

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative programming has been underway for nearly two years. As a new organization, CMPI’s initial focus was on creating an infrastructure of support for our families. The…
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June 16, 2021 in News

Common Ground: A reflection with CMPI Mentor Ayriole Frost

The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative engages some of the most committed musicians to mentor its talented young fellows, so that they can grow and reach their full potential. One such…
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June 15, 2021 in News

Casting into Music: CMPI Faculty Member Michael Hining

Michael Hining has been launching the musical journeys of his students from his Oak Park studio for over 35 years. His enthusiasm for mentoring future artists is contagious. When asked…
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June 15, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Nate Scott

Senior viola fellow Nate Scott finds inspiration in an unlikely place: “Something that inspires me as a musician is watching someone gush about what they love about a particular song…
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June 15, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Bryce Kayser

CMPI Viola Fellow Bryce Kayser just finished his senior year of high school. Starting this fall, he will begin his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder! But before he…
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May 17, 2021 in News

Catching up and looking ahead with CMPI alumni

This month we are catching up with the first class of CMPI graduates to see how their freshman year of college went. The alums offer some reflections on the past…
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May 17, 2021 in News

Juneteenth Celebration: CMPI Commemorates Change

The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative began its first year of programming in 2019, a year that now feels like a different world. It was before the onset of the COVID-19…
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May 17, 2021 in News

Learning from the Maestro: Riccardo Muti Coaches CMPI Fellows

It has been quite awhile since Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti has been to Chicago’s Symphony Center, but on March 31, he returned—albeit in a virtual form—to coach…
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May 17, 2021 in News

Nurturing Excellence: CMPI Faculty Member Hideko Amano

Ms. Hideko Amano discovered the sound of her future during a third grade music class back home, in her native Japan. “I became mesmerized by the flute solo of the…
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May 17, 2021 in News

A Conversation with CMPI Mentor Alex Hoffman

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is home not just to some of the most talented middle- and high school musicians. CMPI also has become a common ground for some of…
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May 17, 2021 in News

The Journey of a Flautist: CMPI fellow Miguel Rodriguez

A talented and aspiring flute performer, CMPI senior Miguel Rodriguez started his musical journey in fifth grade. After trying out numerous instruments, he felt a strong connection with the flute.…
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May 17, 2021 in News

Top of the Class: CMPI seniors announce future plans

  It has been a year... Of closed schools and remote learning. Of masks and social isolation. Of toilet paper and disinfectant shortages. Of Zoom family meetings and virtual lessons.…
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May 17, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Olivia Molina

When the pandemic’s quarantine began, musical activities suddenly transitioned to virtual options. So, too, did the college application process. CMPI violin fellow Olivia Molina had to negotiate these factors throughout…
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April 12, 2021 in News

Staff Spotlight: CMPI Student Navigator Jennifer Woodrum

Let's take a peek behind the curtain and get to know some of the fantastic Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative administration. First up? CMPI Student Navigator Jennifer Woodrum. Name: Jennifer Woodrum…
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April 12, 2021 in News

My Buddy and Me: CMPI offers unique training partnership with Northwestern University

Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative fellows have participated in a collaboration with the Northwestern University String Pedagogy Department. The 12 participating CMPI students have been paired…
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April 12, 2021 in News

A Conversation with CMPI Mentor Brent Taghap

CMPI Mentor Brent Taghap began playing the violin at age five in his home state of Florida. Taghap recalls asking his parents for a violin after seeing a child playing…
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April 12, 2021 in News

Signature Sound: Getting to know CMPI Faculty Member Desirée Ruhstrat

CMPI Violin Faculty Member Desirée Ruhstrat Desirée Ruhstrat’s journey as a violinist and educator began at age three-and-a-half, when she started her studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She…
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April 12, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Nicole Kwasny

CMPI Senior Violin Fellow Nicole Kwasny | Image from Senn High Arts Twitter, June 2020 With college auditions behind her, violinist Nicole Kwasny is ready to take on the world.…
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April 12, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Michelle Brannon

CMPI Senior Flute Fellow Michelle Brannon One of the goals of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative is to ensure that each fellow can gain admission to a top music school or…
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March 16, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Melissa Everson

  CMPI Clarinet Fellow Melissa Everson lives by a motto: Just keep going. This seems like apt advice for everyone, especially as the world just surpassed the one-year anniversary of…
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March 15, 2021 in News

CMPI fellows to play for Riccardo Muti

ABOVE: The CMPI String Quartet rehearses Verdi's Quartet in E minor. This winter, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative staff received a remarkable request: Maestro Riccardo Muti, esteemed music director of…
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March 15, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Adriana Koch

Just as March brings with it a growing sense of excitement and positive vibes, so too does Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative Fellow Adriana Koch. A high school junior and oboist,…
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March 15, 2021 in News

Sound Reasoning: A conversation with CMPI Coach Horacio Contreras

A celebrated concert cellist, chamber musician, pedagogue and scholar, Horacio Contreras first was exposed to music through the famed El Sistema music education program in his native country of Venezuela.…
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March 15, 2021 in News

A light ahead: Welcome to the March CMPI Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, As we mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, let us take stock of where we are and, more importantly,…
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March 15, 2021 in News

Dynamic Warm-up: CMPI fellows learn Alexander Technique

In January, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative hosted Chicago-based Alexander Technique teacher and flutist, Jill Burlingame.  Burlingame came highly recommended by one of CMPI’s partner organizations, The Chicago Youth Symphony…
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March 15, 2021 in News

A conversation with CMPI Mentor Kyle Dickson

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative mentor Kyle Dickson’s musical interests began in grade school, in Detroit's public school system. He remembers going on field trips to watch orchestra concerts conducted by…
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February 12, 2021 in News

Spanning Boundaries: A conversation with CMPI mentor James Sanders

Chicago-born-and-based violinist James Sanders has drawn inspiration from his mother’s Dominican heritage along with his classical pedigree to create a career with myriad successes in the jazz and orchestral worlds.…
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February 11, 2021 in News

Celebrating the musical contributions of liberty, love, and Black Americans

Dear Friends and Family of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, It seems like so much has changed since I wrote to you at the end of 2020: COVID vaccines are…
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February 10, 2021 in News

The DOs and DON’Ts for Zoom Mock Auditions

Last month, CMPI hosted a series of Live, Over Zoom! Mock Auditions. The senior woodwinds and brass played for trumpet professor Leah Schumann from VanderCook College of Music, flute professor…
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February 10, 2021 in News

Faculty Feature: William Buchman

Bill Buchman is an example of the career success and longevity possible in classical music, and that there are many paths one can take to get there. Bill has worked…
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February 10, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Eric Bahena

CMPI Bassoon Fellow Eric Bahena "Make sure you start your college applications early," advises Eric Bahena, a senior bassoon fellow with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. To date, Eric has…
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February 10, 2021 in News

Know a Fellow: Miriam Kessler

CMPI Harp Fellow Miriam Kessler Sophomore Miriam Kessler is particularly unique when compared to other CMPI fellows -- she is CMPI’s only harpist! Ironically, she chose the harp at age…
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December 21, 2020 in News

New instruments for CMPI Fellows!

New instruments for CMPI Fellows! As we get ready to usher in a New Year, several CMPI students from the 2020-2021 cohort have already used their instrument stipend to purchase…
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December 21, 2020 in News

A conversation with CMPI mentor Kevin Gupana

Kevin Gupana distinctly remembers when he first got serious about the oboe. It was his freshman year of high school, at the annual holiday assembly. “The full orchestra was onstage,…
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December 21, 2020 in News

Santa’s come early: Here’s your December CMPI newsletter!

Dear Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative community, Can you imagine a holiday season without music? From popular songs to church choirs to roaming carolers—and even some of those earworm commercial jingles—these…
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December 21, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Zachary Allen

CMPI Oboe Fellow Zachary Allen CMPI fellows are truly extraordinary, in music and in life, as you will see in this Q & A with Zachary Allen.  Zach is a…
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December 21, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Noah Briones

During the summer break, CMPI Violin Fellow Noah Briones kept himself busy and active while staying at home. In the two summers prior to joining CMPI, Noah participated in Birch…
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December 21, 2020 in News

Faculty Feature: Martine Benmann

Fostering Musicality: CMPI Faculty Member Martine Benmann CMPI Faculty Member Martine Benmann Cellist and pedagogue Martine Benmann has been immersed in music-making for quite literally her entire life. “Although my…
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December 21, 2020 in News

Introducing CMPI Faculty Member Orit Carpenter

Free your mind and the breaths will follow A screen grab of CMPI Performance Psychologist Dr. Orit Carpenter, from her summer 2020 Zoom lecture to the program’s senior fellows. “Working…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Rafael Noriega

It’s that time of year! The weather is changing, clothing styles are back to layering, and high school seniors are stressing. Well, not too much, hopefully. The Chicago Musical Pathways…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Nando Cordeiro

CMPI Fellow Nando Corderio CMPI trumpet fellow Nando Cordeiro takes us on his journey of the last few months, transitioning to online learning, taking trial lessons while at the same…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Ixchel Camacho

CMPI Violin Fellow Ixchel Camacho performs as a member of the Orquesta la Tezoateca This year, CMPI seniors are adapting to the new virtual process of engaging prospective colleges. For…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Kailie Holliday

CMPI Fellow Kailie Holliday Cellist Kailie Holliday is certainly making the most of her final year of high school. Not only is she playing in the Merit School of Music…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Faculty Feature: Lucinda Ali-Landing

Generational Talent: CMPI Faculty Member Lucinda Ali-Landing Lucinda Ali-Landing wears many hats in Chicago’s music community — she is a violinist, educator, entrepreneur, and advocate. So it follows naturally that…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Go Fund Them: Help finance new instruments for CMPI fellows

Four CMPI fellows, Sameer Agrawal (violin, grade 9), Abby Lopez (bassoon, grade 12), Jonathan Miller (cello, grade 9) and Oliver Talukder (oboe, grade 12), were featured on WFMT’s Introductions on Saturday, December…
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November 24, 2020 in News

Zoomed In: CMPI offers elite masterclasses in 20-21

The fall semester has been packed with incredible masterclass performance opportunities for CMPI fellows.  The busy calendar of activities launched on October 5, with a masterclass led by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist…
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November 19, 2020 in News

This #GivingTuesday, give the gift of music, opportunity, and access.

Dear Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative community, The holiday season is upon us! I hope everyone had a meaningful and safe Thanksgiving and/or Native American Heritage Days. I will not lament…
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October 14, 2020 in News

CMPI Announces Inaugural Class

Seven Music Education Organizations Come Together to Support Young Musicians From Traditionally Underrepresented Communities in the Greater Chicago Area.
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October 13, 2020 in News

Fall Kickoff: Welcome 2020/2021 CMPI Fellows

Four CMPI fellows, Sameer Agrawal (violin, grade 9), Abby Lopez (bassoon, grade 12), Jonathan Miller (cello, grade 9) and Oliver Talukder (oboe, grade 12), were featured on WFMT’s Introductions on Saturday, December…
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October 13, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Ella Saputra

Sixteen-year-old violinist Ella Saputra is already well on her way toward a professional career. She has performed solo with orchestras several times, including twice with Midwest Young Artists Conservatory ensembles,…
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October 13, 2020 in News

Alumni Spotlight: Oliver Talukder

CMPI inaugural fellow Oliver Talukder is one of only 12 musicians chosen to join the incoming undergraduate class of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music this school year. Now a…
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October 13, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Anika Veda

CMPI flute fellow Anika Veda already has amassed several musical honors, including a performance at Carnegie Hall as the winner of the 2019 American Protégé Music Talent Competition. This Halloween–October…
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October 13, 2020 in News

CMPI Faculty Member Dr. Tanya Lesinksy Carey

Building Bridges: CMPI Faculty Member Dr. Tanya Lesinksy Carey Acclaimed cello instructor Tanya Lesinsky Carey has been helping students reach their full musical potential for decades. Her students have won…
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October 13, 2020 in News

Virtually Proficient: CMPI Fellows offer insights on upcoming virtual recital

Recitals and gatherings at CMPI will be virtual through January, and possibly through the end of the school year. A year ago, the suggestion of a virtual recital would have…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Read all about it! CMPI in the news, Summer 2020

CMPI received a lot of attention from the media this summer! In case you missed any of it, here are some quick links to get you all caught up… CMPI…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Program Overview

What is CMPI?  Made possible by a $3.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the mission of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is to identify and develop…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Solo with ensemble: Fellows recall concerto experiences

For many musicians, the pinnacle of accomplishment is performing as a soloist with an orchestra. Several CMPI students have already achieved this tremendous milestone and were kind enough to share…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Summer Reflections: CMPI Summer 2020

Summer Reflections: A look back at CMPI’s end-of-season activities Above: CMPI Fellow Julia Soto performs a socially distanced concerto with accompanist Beilin Han for the CMPI virtual recital on August…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Alumni Spotlight: Abigail Lopez

ABOVE: CMPI alumna Abigail Lopez poses for a post-recital picture in Symphony Center’s Buntrock Hall. Recent CMPI alumna Abigail Lopez won’t need to travel far this fall to accomplish big…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Know a Fellow: Brandon Harper

One day Brandon Harper just might compose music at the intersection of classical and jazz. The second-year CMPI percussion fellow is an elite youth musician in both genres. A recent…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Alumni Spotlight: Amanda Perez

ABOVE: CMPI alumna Amanda Perez poses with her viola after a Fall 2019 recital. Six years ago, Amanda Perez picked up a viola for the first time. It was during…
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September 2, 2020 in News

Welcome! A new school year, a new newsletter.

Welcome! A new school year, a new newsletter. Dear Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative Community, Greetings, and welcome to the second year of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative! As CMPI Project…
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March 31, 2020 in News

[VIDEO] Chicago Musical Pathways Is…

In this video, Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) fellows, parents, and mentors breakdown the components of the program and share what the pathway means to them.
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December 22, 2019 in News

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative fellows featured on WFMT’s “Introductions”

Four CMPI fellows, Sameer Agrawal (violin, grade 9), Abby Lopez (bassoon, grade 12), Jonathan Miller (cello, grade 9) and Oliver Talukder (oboe, grade 12), were featured on WFMT’s Introductions on Saturday, December…
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December 12, 2019 in News

[VIDEO] CMPI featured on NBC 5/Telemundo

Two CMPI fellows, Abby Lopez (bassoon, grade 12) and Rafael Noriega (bass trombone, grade 11), speak to the impact and importance of this new initiative. Watch the video below to…
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January 22, 2019 in News

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative Trumpets New Leader

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI), the newly-established training program for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented communities, is proud to announce that music education veteran Adrienne Thompson will lead the…
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October 2, 2018 in News

Seven Music Education Organizations Join Forces

Seven Music Education Organizations Join Forces to Secure a $3.5 Million Grant From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Establishing the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative.
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