MIC COVID-19 Information & Updates


Last Update January 28, 2021

Dear members of the MIC community,

In accordance with the latest guidelines and updates from the State of Illinois and a return to a classification of Tier 1 mitigations for our region, Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) campuses in Evanston, Lake Forest and Winnetka will be open for a limited amount of in-person teaching beginning on February 1, the start of the spring semester. We are awaiting word on the status of being able to resume teaching at St. James Cathedral in Chicago.

New and returning students may choose to study either 100% remotely or arrange with their teachers for either in-person lessons or a combination of remote and in-person lessons. MIC faculty are approaching 100,000 hours taught so far online. If you are studying even partially online, be sure to use Zoom videoconferencing best practices.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority. MIC has continued to adapt its facilities to accommodate in-person learning while abiding by state health and safety guidelines. Visit our FAQ page (link) to review our policies and procedures regarding COVID-19.

Nichols Concert Hall resumed bookings for individual recordings on December 11, 2020 with a number of important policies implemented to ensure the safety of all involved. 

As COVID continues its impact, I urge you to be safe. I also encourage you to make as much music as possible. The simple act of making music will provide continuity and a well-deserved sense of accomplishment as you spread joy and bring comfort to the lives around you.


We look forward to seeing all of you either in person or virtually throughout the spring semester, which begins on February 1. May your families be safe and secure as we eagerly anticipate a time when COVID-19 will be merely an historic event.

As always, I wish you good health and promise to keep you informed. Thank you for choosing the Music Institute of Chicago.


Mark George
President and CEO