Music Institute of Chicago

Music Institute of Chicago's 2019 Anniversary Gala

This gala celebration is an elegant and inspirational evening. Guests will enjoy entertainment from the Music Institute’s talented students and see the presentation of the prestigious Dushkin Award. Dinner proceeds are the primary source of scholarship and financial aid programs for students enrolled in the Music Institute’s community partnership initiatives, as well as the Community Music School and the Academy.

Dushkin Award
Wynton Marsalis

Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago
Caryn and King Harris, Harris Family Foundation

Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence
Susan Charles, voice faculty

Honorary Chairs
Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols
Dan and Karen Pritzker, The Jay Pritzker Foundation
Catherine M. and Frederick H. Waddell

Gala Co-Chairs
Christine and Jeff Morse
Areta and Scott Verschoor

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois and was the first in the state to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

As one of the three largest community music schools in the United States, the Music Institute of Chicago serves students of all ages, abilities and ethnic and economic backgrounds and plays a significant role in the educational and cultural fabric of our community. With multiple campuses and teaching facilities in Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lincolnshire and Winnetka, as well as expansive community partnership programs in the inner city with the Chicago Public Schools and community-based organizations, more than 5,000 school-age children are reached each year.

Music Institute of Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago