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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 Director, I look forward to seeing the growth and development of our new and the returning young musicians from traditionally underrepresented communities in the greater Chicago area.

Things are different this year. Since many of our programs will take place virtually, one way we hope to stay better connected is through a monthly newsletter. This inaugural issue, which you will find here, offers links to learn more about CMPI’s students, alumni, and programs. But we need and ask for your help! Help us build an awareness about our mission by sharing this newsletter with friends and posting links on social media about upcoming recitals and application deadlines so that other young aspiring musicians will know about this program. Also, please let us know what topics and issues you would like to see in future issues []. We want you to be an active part of our family, community, and support system to help encourage our young musicians on their journey.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss what is currently happening in our society. A global health pandemic, a national discussion on systemic racism, and a politically divisive climate is creating uncertain times. The Black Lives Matter movement, in particular, highlights a truth that many of us already know – that the simple act of existing is more difficult for people of color and those from underrepresented communities. I truly believe that this is an opportune time for a bigger dialogue about education and access in the classical music community. Can we use this as an opportunity to make our field more adept at reaching audiences in uncommon spaces? Let us think creatively and consider how best to share this music that we love.

adrienne thompson cmpi

CMPI Project Director Adrienne Thompson

During moments of stress and change, people often turn to community and art for solace, refuge and hope. That’s where you will find CMPI, at the intersection of community and art, drawing inspiration from our students, families and friends. Feel strengthened to share your art.  Recognize its power to help us survive and move forward towards a better future.

Here’s to a great second year at CMPI!


Adrienne Thompson
Project Director | Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

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