Upcoming Events
Academy Chamber Music Concert April 11, 2020 7:30 pm Saturday, April 11 | 7:30 pm Nichols Concert Hall
Academy Chamber Music Concert May 1, 2020 7:30 pm Friday, May 1 | 7:30 pm Nichols Concert Hall

A Note to Prospective Students


"We believe the Academy is the Gold Standard for training high school string players and pianists." - Sue Polutnik


Dear prospective student,


Thank you for your interest in The Music Institute of Chicago Academy, nationally recognized as one of the top programs for pre-college musicians and dedicated to students with extraordinary talent. The rigors of the comprehensive curriculum are suited to musicians who plan to pursue conservatory training and a professional career in music. Our goal is to introduce students to a broad musical community, like-minded peers, and conservatory faculty.


Faculty, staff, and approximately 30 students come together each Saturday, from September through May, for a comprehensive day of music-making. Because of our small size, we are able to give each student individual attention and support while nurturing and inspiring musical growth. We foster a unique support community and are incredibly proud of life-long friendships that are a natural outcome at the Academy. 


I encourage you to contact me to learn more about program philosophy, curriculum, merit scholarships, or relocation if you are thinking about a move. I am happy to arrange a visit to the Academy to meet faculty and to observe orchestra and chamber music rehearsals.


We believe the Academy is the Gold Standard for training high school string players and pianists. I look forward to talking with you and telling you more about how we do this.


Sue Polutnik

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer