Artists & Ensembles in Residence

Aebersold and Neiweem Piano Duo

Described as “consummate practitioners of pianism” by The Washington Post, Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem tour regularly throughout North America and Europe. The duo records for Summit Records and recently celebrated their 20th anniversary year as directors of the award-winning Chicago Duo-Piano Festival.


Axiom Brass

Trained in some of the world's finest music conservatories and comprised of prominent brass performers and educators, the Axiom Brass brings to the stage a new breath of virtuosity and showmanship. The Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians. Axiom’s blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching has been an inspiration to students of all ages; they have guided students to success in high school and college programs across the country.


Chroma Orchestra

Chroma Chamber Orchestra's inaugural 2011-2012 season, was comprised of three concerts at Nichols Hall in Evanston as orchestra-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. The CCO  programs late-romantic and early modern repertoire (and select contemporary works) of enormous appeal rarely performed by area ensembles. These works are presented in a context that integrates the performing, visual and literary arts to create a unique, multifaceted concert experience. The CCO  collaborates with distinguished soloists, composers, writers, visual artists, choreographers, art historians - and diverse educational and cultural institutions (including MIC), from dance companies to art galleries, spanning the entire spectrum of the arts. Opportunities for synergy and cross-fertilization have been truly exciting and unparalleled.


Tammy McCann

The Music Institute of Chicago announced the appointment of vocalist Tammy McCann as Artist in Residence in 2012. McCann performs and presents master classes at the Music Institute, as well as represents the institution and its mission to the wider community. Music Institute President and CEO Mark George said, “Tammy is a superb artist whose stylistic breadth spans jazz, pop, cabaret and gospel music. This appointment symbolizes the institution’s embrace of a range of music, beyond its historical focus on classical music. Tammy is an extraordinary performer who will be a tremendous asset to our many students and patrons.”


Quintet Attacca

Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago’s most dynamic chamber music ensembles and includes Jennifer Clippert, flute; Erica Burtner Anderson, oboe; Barbara Drapcho, clarinet; Collin Anderson, bassoon; and Jeremiah Frederick, horn. This ensemble delights in bringing wind quintet music to diverse audiences and presents educational programs and master classes at schools, libraries, and universities across the Midwest.


Jim Setapen

MIC Conductor in Residence and Director of The Academy, Jim Setapen, also teaches theory. 


Mischa Zupko

MIC Composer in Residence, Mischa Zupko, has collaborated with a number of today’s most exciting performers and ensembles. His orchestral music has been praised by the L.A. times as “engaging” and honors include first place in the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s American Composer’s Competition, the Lee Ettelson Composers Award from Composers Inc., three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards, the Jacob Druckman prize from the Aspen Music Festival, and finalist in the Rome Prize Competition. In addition, Zupko has been commissioned by orchestras and universities across the country.

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