The Academy

Dear friends,

Founded in 2006, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy has quickly established itself as a top training center for highly gifted pre-collegiate musicians.  The goal of the Academy is simple - to make aspiring young people the best musicians they can be.  In order to achieve this, the Academy program provides a comprehensive musical education that includes private study with artist faculty, chamber music, chamber orchestra, theory classes and enrichment. 

As students move through the Academy experience we ask them to keep these ideas at the front of their minds:

  • To be the most inquisitive musician
  • To be the most articulate musician
  • To be the most technically polished musician
  • To be able to move any audience for which they play


With performances by alumna Kate Liu, winner of the Bronze Medal at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition, to a spectular season finale performance that includes Rachel Barton Pine and Academy alumnus Matthew Lipman, we know you will be moved by the performances of our Academy students, alumni and special guests.

We hope you enjoy this special opportunity to hear a group of inspiring young musicians poised to become the next leaders in classical music performance and education.

Thank you for celebrating with us!

James Setapen
Director of the Academy

Music Institute of Chicago Academy Alumnus Ryan Meehan
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