The Next Generation of Classical Talent

Founded in 2006, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy quickly established itself as a training center for highly gifted pre-college musicians where a carefully assembled faculty includes internationally recognized teachers and performers with a passion for developing young talent and an established track record of student achievement.

Program Highlights

The Academy's regular master class schedule features some of the world’s most renowned artists and pedagogues. The entire Academy student body gathers to participate and observe acclaimed musicians share their knowledge, creating an unparalleled educational experience.


Special enrichment classes featuring lectures and discussions by industry leaders provide insight into the music profession, and help students leave The Academy prepared for careers as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestra members and teachers.


Many Music Institute of Chicago Academy students are national prize winners and matriculate to the nation’s top conservatories and universities every year.


With the ultimate goal of creating musicians for the 21st century, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy provides gifted young musicians tools, knowledge, and inspiration to be the leaders in classical music performance and education.


Conservatories and Colleges Attended by Academy Graduates

The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Juilliard School, New York, New York

The Colburn School, Los Angeles, California

The Cleveland Institute for Music, Cleveland, Ohio

New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York
Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana



For Information Contact:

Sue Polutnik

Executive Director, The Academy

Executive Vice President

Office of the President

1702 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, IL   60201