Meet the CMPI Steering Team

Merit School
of Music

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.

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO)

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.

Chicago High School for the Arts

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.


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.

Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO

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.

DePaul School
of Music

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.

The Ravinia Festival

Ravinia is North America’s oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival, offering more than 140 events each year, including the summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for about 600,000 guests. Its Reach*Teach*Play education programs serve more than 85,000 residents of Cook and Lake Counties, bringing music back to budget-strapped schools. Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is an on-campus summer conservatory hosting 60-70 of the best emerging artists from around the world as fellows who study and perform with Ravinia’s headliners.

Meet our Affililate Partners

Affiliate partners are organizations that have helped to shape CMPI, and who will recommend students to CMPI and/or provide training opportunities for CMPI students.  If you are interested in affiliate membership, please click below.

  • Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
  • Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
  • Chicago Mariachi Project
  • Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • DePaul Community Music Division
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • Hyde Park Suzuki Institute
  • Hyde Park Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Ingenuity
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
  • Music Institute of Chicago
  • Musical Arts Institute
  • One City at VanderCook College of Music
  • Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra
  • South Side Suzuki Cooperative
  • The Chicago Philharmonic Society
  • The People’s Music School
  • WFMT