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Master Your Resolutions: Turn Your Goals into Actions with the Music Institute of Chicago

New Year Resolutions 2024

As we step into the new year, it's that time again—resolutions. We could give you a list of ways to make your resolutions stick, but nothing makes resolutions stick like making them enjoyable. Whether your new year's resolution was to learn something new, spend more time with family, or grow your network, we’ve got something for you. Here’s a list of events and activities at MIC to make your goals achievable and enjoyable.

Make your resolutions resonate with others: Partner with MIC to build a vibrant musical community. By supporting MIC, you're not just investing in your own goals, but also in the dreams of aspiring musicians and the well-being of our community. Donate today.

If your resolution is to connect with the community:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (Free!)

Each year, the Music Institute of Chicago orchestrates a gathering to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This special event showcases the talents of our diverse community, featuring performances by award-winning MIC Alum violinist Hannah White, a newly commissioned work from Nyandeng Juag and the Hearing in Color Young Composer Residency, young talents from Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative and Ravinia’s Reach Teach Play program, and a captivating performance by the MIC Chorale under the direction of Daniel Wallenberg. Join Evanston Township High School District 202 Superintendent Dr. Marcus Campbell as he shares his insights. Embrace and support our vibrant community at this free event.

Sunday, January 14 at 3 PM
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Reserve your free tickets 

The Healing Power of Music: A Masterclass 
MIC offers a unique masterclass with Marta Aznavoorian for K-12 schools and Chicagoland organizations. Beginning with a powerful performance of Stacy Garrop’s "Repair the World," Marta leads a brief discussion on how music can calm, support, and foster human connections. The session concludes with a traditional piano masterclass, focusing on technique, tone, and phrasing to inspire and motivate students.

Please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Victor Ribadeneyra to schedule a class with Marta, compliments of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Artist in Residency program.

If your resolution is to grow your network:

2024 Open Houses
Level up your network by joining us at our free open houses and build meaningful connections with fellow music enthusiasts while exploring the world of music. Try out instruments, witness captivating performances, and mingle with our vibrant community of musicians and music lovers. You'll be surprised at the connections you can make over shared melodies! Find your next jam buddy, artistic collaborator, or even a lifelong friend – all while discovering your love for music. 

Join an adult ensemble or group class
Turn your friend-making resolution into a reality with our engaging group classes or ensembles. Bond over shared interests, meet a diverse mix of people, and learn new skills all in a friendly and supportive environment. Share experiences, and forge genuine connections that last beyond the practice room.  


If your resolution is to make time for family:

Instrument Petting Zoo for Children
Create Musical Memories: Bring your family to the Vernon Area Public Library and let MIC faculty guide your children through an exciting Instrument Petting Zoo. Explore the enchanting world of piano, guitar, violin, and cello as you share quality time and make lasting musical connections together.

Wednesday, January 31, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Vernon Area Public Library (300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire, IL  60069)

Blue Viola: A True Story
Learn the true story of a priceless viola that disappeared after a Chicago Symphony musician accidentally left it on the Chicago streets, with Matt Boresi, Director of Arts Integration at the Music Institute of Chicago. This story inspired the funny and thought-provoking modern opera, Blue Viola, written by Mr. Boresi

Sunday, January 21, 1 PM-2 PM
Vernon Area Public Library (300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire, IL  60069)


If your resolution is to learn a new skill:

Explore our music classes
If you want to pick up a new instrument but aren’t sure where to start, explore our classes to find the right fit for you. From private lessons, to group classes, classical to rock, guitar to organ, or production to songwriting lessons, the possibilities are endless at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Nichols Concert Hall Series Masterclasses

Imani Winds Master Class
Free and open to the public
Celebrating over a quarter century of music making, the twice Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Get tickets to their upcoming concerts at Nichols Concert Hall here.

Titus Underwood Master Class
Free and open to the public
Principal oboe of the Nashville Symphony, Titus Underwood presents a multimedia performance where classical music sits comfortably beside spoken word and film. He is passionate about creating projects that advocate for and showcase Black artists. By intricately weaving film and music together, he brings his artistic vision to re-imagine classical music. His most acclaimed project, a timely rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” became a viral Internet sensation with more than 1 million views.
Get tickets to their upcoming concerts at Nichols Concert Hall here.

Whether you're seeking community, family fun, skill development, or simply a dose of musical well-being, MIC has something for everyone. But behind the curtain of every captivating performance, engaging workshop, and joyful instrument petting zoo, lies the dedicated work of our faculty, staff, and artists.

To keep the music playing and broaden our reach, we rely on the generous support of individuals like you. Your donation, big or small, fuels the magic of music within our walls and beyond. Donate and make a difference.