Consistent leadership in Prestigious Competition Showcases Strong Chamber Music Program
- 2013 â€“ 1st, Quartet LumiÃ©re
- 2012 â€“ 1st, Quartet Stracciatella; 3rd, Quartet Ardella
- 2010 â€“ 1st, Quartet Danae; 2nd, Emerald String Quartet
- 2009 â€“ 1st, Aurelia String Quartet; 3rd, Quartet Danae
- 2008 â€“ 1st, Quartet Polaris; 2nd, Ridere Quartet; 3rd, Aurelia String Quartet
â€œThe quality of contestants at this yearâ€™s competition was very high,â€ commented Academy Director Jim Setapen. â€œFrom an initial field of 63 junior applicant groups nationwide, six of the 24 quarterfinalists were from the Music Instituteâ€™s Academy and four of the 12 semi-finalist groups were from the Academy. This is a tribute to the Music Instituteâ€™s extremely high level of chamber music instruction, as well as to the studentsâ€™ dedication to excelling in this area of their music studies. We are very gratified that in this, the most prestigious national chamber music competition, Academy groups have won not only 10 of the last 18 medals awarded, but five of the last six gold medals!â€
Twenty-eight young musicians participate in all aspects of the curriculum, including private lessons with Academy artist faculty, a rigorous chamber music component, a chamber orchestra, and accelerated music theory classes. Pianists additionally study keyboard literature and skills in an intimate group setting. A hallmark of the Academy is the weekly master classes with some of the worldâ€™s most celebrated artists and educators. The Academy introduces students to a vast music community of peer musicians, pedagogical styles, and the rigors of conservatory training. The nationâ€™s most elite college and university music conservatories, including The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory, actively pursue graduates of the four-year program. A final Academy audition day for the 2013â€“14 school year takes places Thursday, August 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Music Instituteâ€™s Winnetka Campus (300 Green Bay Road). For more information visit musicinst.org/audition-calendar.
Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Instituteâ€™s teachers and arts therapists reach more than 10,000 students and clients of all ages and experience levels at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest and Downers Groveâ€”and starting this fall, in downtown Chicagoâ€”as well as through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs in four distinct areas: the Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall.