Program Philosophy

The Next Generation of Classical Talent

Founded in 2006, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy quickly established itself as a training center for highly gifted pre-college musicians where a carefully assembled faculty includes internationally recognized teachers and performers with a passion for developing young talent and an established track record of student achievement.

Program Highlights

The Academy's regular master class schedule features some of the world’s most renowned artists and pedagogues. The entire Academy student body gathers to participate and observe acclaimed musicians share their knowledge, creating an unparalleled educational experience.


Special enrichment classes featuring lectures and discussions by industry leaders provide insight into the music profession, and help students leave the Academy prepared for careers as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestra members and teachers.


Many Music Institute of Chicago Academy students are national prize winners and matriculate to the nation’s top conservatories and universities every year.


With the ultimate goal of creating musicians for the 21st century, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy provides gifted young musicians tools, knowledge, and inspiration to be the leaders in classical music performance and education.


Conservatories and Colleges Attended by Academy Graduates

Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 

Cleveland Institute for Music, Cleveland, Ohio

Colburn School, Los Angeles, California

Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York

Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Juilliard School, New York, New York

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Ann Arbor, MI

New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts

Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas

For more information contact:
Sue Polutnik
1702 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, IL   60201