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MIC Timeline


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. 


Dr. Herbert Zipper becomes MIC's second president.


Kalman Novak become MIC's third president.



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. 


Music Institute opened a second campus in Evanston.



Dr. Frank Little become MIC's fourth president.



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.


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


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


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.

MIC launches the Evanston Escola de Samba program.


Sel Kardan was appointed MIC's sixth president.


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.


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


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


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


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



MIC headquarters is moved to downtown Evanston.