Live from Merit: Working Together to Change the Face of Classical Music

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April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free
Live Merit Webinar CMPI Special Event

In this free webinar discussing the “why” and the “how” of diversifying the field of classical music, we’ll hear from some of the visionary leaders who have helped to shape Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI)’s success.

Tune in to this installment of the Live from Merit series to:

  • Better understand the current landscape of American orchestras
  • Take a behind the scenes look at CMPI’s training pathway
  • Experience inspiring performances from CMPI fellows
  • Learn how we can all work together to promote equity and opportunity in classical music

Featured panelists

  • Adrienne Thompson, Project Director | CMPI
  • Kurtis Gildow, Dean & Vice President for Educational Affairs | Merit School of Music
  • Kevin Gupana, Development Coordinator & CMPI Mentor | Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO)
  • Sarah Vander Ploeg, Coordinator of School and Community Partnerships | Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Register for this event today!


About Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

Launched in 2019, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) prepares gifted and motivated young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds to attend top music schools. Now in its second full year, the Initiative supports nearly 100 participants in grades 6-12 from across the Chicagoland area, and is co-led by the Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, ChiArts, Chicago Sinfonietta, DePaul University School of Music, Hyde Park Suzuki, Musical Arts Institute and the Ravinia Festival. CMPI is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



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