Since 2015, Chicago Philharmonic musicians have provided in-school instruction and mentoring to Chicago-area students through this robust initiative, formerly referred to as the “Chicago Philharmonic Mentorship Program.” Through repeated meaningful interactions between students and musicians, including master classes, side-by-side rehearsals and a side-by-side performance before fellow students, teachers and community members, this program not only helps cultivate students’ music skills, but also advances their overall development and success in school and beyond. School orchestra and band teachers direct the side-by-side rehearsals and performances and, along with other leaders in the schools’ administrations and music departments, coordinate the program with Chicago Philharmonic Society staff. The program also engages the students’ families through outings to Chicago Philharmonic concerts and opportunities to interact with the musician-mentors.
We have offered the program at Old Orchard Junior High School in Skokie (OOJH) and the Chicago High School for the Arts. In fall 2016, we expanded the program to two highly diverse public high schools on Chicago’s near west side – UIC College Prep and Chicago Bulls College Prep. We will also provide the master class portion of the program to students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and Music Institute Chicago.
Check out an article in Pioneer Press about AMP at Old Orchard Junior High School.
Support for the Chi Phil AMP program is provided in part by a grant from the Charles and M. R. Shapiro Foundation and program sponsor Mathew Lucante Violins. Additional support is provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Support for master classes at Chicago Academy for the Arts and Music Institute of Chicago is provided in full by Judy Guitelman and Dan Epstein, and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation.
Banner photo by Ingrid Nevinger