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Preludio Orchestra Concert - Fall January 19, 2019 2:00 pm
Chamber Music Concert 1 - Fall January 19, 2019 6:00 pm

MIC Timeline

1931    

The Music Institute of Chicago (formerly the Music Center of the North Shore) was established by Dorothy and David Dushkin.  The music school's first home,
a farmhouse at the corner of Willow and Rosewood in Winnetka.  It is the largest and oldest independent community music school in Illinois and the first in  

the state to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

1953

Dr. Herbert Zipper becomes MIC's second president.

1969

 Kalman Novak become MIC's third president.

 

1975

The Music Institute established the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) to address the need for expressive arts therapy in treating people with
special needs. 

1980

 Music Institute opened a second campus in Evanston.

 

1983 

Dr. Frank Little become MIC's fourth president.

 

1996

 Music Institute initiated the Arts Link (formerly Music Integration Project), a free outreach program in Chicago Public Schools that provides school concerts,
intensive staff development, and arts integration across the curriculum.

1999

 The organization name was officially changed to: Music Institute of Chicago.

2001

 The Music Institute purchased a 1912 landmark church in Evanston, Illinois for a new music education and performance center.

2003

 The state-of-the-art music education and performance center was opened.  It received the 2003 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding
Adaptive Use by the Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois.  The building houses the acoustically acclaimed Nichols Concert Hall.
John Piepgras become MIC's fifth president.
       
2004

MIC launches the Evanston Escola de Samba program.

2005

  Sel Kardan was appointed MIC's sixth president.

2006

The Music Institute received the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts and the Design Evanston Award.  The Make a Joyful Sound! Residency at the Apostolic
Church of God in Woodlawn is a semi-finalist in the national Coming Up Taller Awards. MIC introduces the Brass for Beginners program in the Evanston
Public Schools.  MIC’s Evanston West facility, home to ITA and the Musical Theater program opens.

2007

MIC launches The Academy.  MIC merges with the Music Arts School in Highland Park, IL bringing the number of MIC campuses to five.

2008

The Music Institute adds a sixth campus by merging with the Lake Forest Symphony Music School.

2009

MIC begins a Suzuki Strings Program in collaboration with the Chicago West Community Music Center in Garfield Park.

2010

MIC welcomed Dr. Mark George as MIC's seventh president.

 

2013

MIC headquarters is moved to downtown Evanston.