Anniversary Gala

The Music Institute of Chicago Anniversary Gala brings together 400 influential business, civic, and philanthropic leaders. Guests enjoy an elegant evening featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner with musical performances by some of the Music Institute’s talented Community Music School students and award-winning students from the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

This critical event raises over $800,000 to benefit the Music Institute of Chicago’s commitment to high-level music education, scholarship and financial aid programs, and extensive outreach programs in the City of Chicago through ArtsLink.

Each year, the prestigious Dushkin Award, named for the Music Institute’s visionary founders, Dorothy and David Dushkin, is presented in recognition of an international luminary in the world of music for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth.


2019 Anniversary Gala - Save the Date!
Monday, May 20, 2019
Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago


Dushkin Award: Wynton Marsalis
Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago: King and Caryn Harris
Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence: Susan Charles, voice and classical voice faculty