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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 Bassoon Fellow Eric Bahena, and CMPI Student Navigator Miguel Aguirre, spoke to Telemundo Chicago in June about their experiences in the program. Check out the great segment, online here.
  • In August, WFMT rebroadcast its December 2019 episode of Introductions, featuring live broadcast performances by CMPI fellows: bassoonist Abigail Lopez of Aurora; cellist Jonathan Miller of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood; violinist Sameer Agrawal of Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood; and oboist Oliver Talukder of Glenview. You can access that original performance here.
  • Also in August, WFMT broadcast a segment featuring new and returning fellows: flute player Anika Veda; trombonist Owen Riordan and bass trombonist Rafael Noriega (both featured in a June 2020 broadcast); and violinist Esme Arias-Kim, violinist Ella Saputra and cellist Jan Vargas Nedvetsky. Ella and Jan were also interviewed about being returning and new fellows respectively. Check it out, here!
  • In June, the Chicago Crusader’s Elaine Hegwood Bowen wrote “CMPI eliminates a discriminative music education environment for the student fellows so they can focus on the art and give them strength and confidence to stand up for injustice.” The article also features an interview with CMPI Project Director Adrienne Thompson, who offers insights into the program’s mission and inaugural year successes. Read the entire article here.  (The article also garnered a shout-out on social media from our friends at the Curtis Institute of Music.)
  • Also in June, CMPI Project Director Adrienne Thompson sat down Kyle MacMilan of the Chicago Sun-Times to discuss how CMPI is working to address the lack of equity within classical music. Read the article here.
  • On June 22, CMPI Violin Fellow Bryana Martinez was interviewed on Univision’s Edicion Digitalchi, where the virtues of the program were discussed. Watch the segment in its entirety here.
  • On June 12, CMPI was featured on WGN’s Feel Good Friday round-up. You can find the segment here. [Note that CMPI had 50 fellows in its inaugural class – the seven fellows mentioned in the segment are our seniors.]

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