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Merit School of Music is dedicated to helping young people transform their lives by removing barriers to a high-quality music education, with nearly 70 percent of students benefitting from need-based financial aid and low-cost instrument rental. Merit enables motivated students, regardless of economic circumstance, to develop their talent and to use music as a springboard for achieving their full personal potential, with virtually 100 percent of our conservatory graduates going onto college.
CYSO‘s mission is to inspire and cultivate personal excellence through music. Through orchestras and small ensembles led by some of Chicago’s most respected music educators, students develop self-discipline, communication and collaboration skills, and a deep appreciation for the arts. With more than 650 young musicians ages 6-18 in on-site programs, and another 8,500 students in Community Partnership Programs, CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.
Across Chicago and around the world, the Negaunee Music Institute connects people and their communities to the extraordinary musical resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Through industry-leading programs that educate audiences, train musicians and serve diverse communities, the Institute transforms lives through active participation in music.
Now in its 31st year, Chicago Sinfonietta has pushed artistic boundaries to provide an alternative way of hearing, seeing and thinking about a symphony orchestra and is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, racial and cultural equity in the arts. Each concert experience blends inventive new works with classical masterworks, each from a diverse array of voices, to entertain, transform and inspire. In 2016, Chicago Sinfonietta was the proud recipient of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) is Chicago’s first public high school for the arts. With disciplines in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, ChiArts provides its scholar-artists with a tuition-free, pre-professional arts training program paired with a college-preparatory academic curriculum. Opened in 2009, ChiArts was recently ranked in the top 7% of high schools nationwide and graduated its sixth senior class in May 2018. For more information, visit chiarts.org.
For more than 100 years, the DePaul University School of Music has been dedicated to excellence in music teaching and performance with a distinguished faculty including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Students work in a collaborative, performance-focused environment, collectively presenting more than 300 jazz and classical concerts each year. The School of Music also offers a robust musical studies department with majors in composition, music education, performing arts management and sound recording technology.