Join us!


Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 East Delaware Place

Cocktail Attire
 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Dinner and performances begin at 6:45 pm


JOIN US for an inspiring evening in support of high-quality and accessible music education for all.
Enjoy Music Institute student and alumni performances and a special highlight featuring violinist
Hilary Hahn performing with Music Institute students.




Nancy and Scott Santi
2022 Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago

presented by Alexandra Nichols

Hilary Hahn
2022 Dushkin Award

Dr. Tanya L. Carey
2022 Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence

Honorary Chairs
Peter Dushkin  •  Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols  •  Deborah Rutter

Co-Chairs *
Carlos R. Cárdenas  •  Hans and Denitta Germann  •  Catherine M. and Frederick H. Waddell

* Gala Leadership in formation.

Tickets $550  | Table Sponsorships Available
Can't attend? You can still support access to high-quality music education with a gift of any size.

Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases and to help stop the spread, all Gala Benefit attendees must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or a photo of it on your phone.) Unvaccinated individuals must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. We appreciate your support as we navigate the best way to respect the safety of our guests and keep our entire community safe.