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The Community Music Division...

  • Provides the highest quality music instruction to 750 students of all ages and abilities. Additional programs and special events include Youth Orchestra, New Horizons Band, Orchestra and Ensembles for adults, DePaul Community Chorus, and the Concerto Festival for Young Performers.
  • Supports students in need with over $15,000 in yearly scholarships raised at our annual Performathon.
  • Provides weekly teaching-artist led sectionals to students at Nicholas Senn High School, James Russell Lowell Elementary School, and Hanson Park Elementary School.
  • Administers after-school partnership programs at four offsite locations in Chicago including Oscar Mayer Magnet School, St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Immaculate Conception Elementary School and the United Church of Hyde Park.
  • Maintains memberships in five professional organizations, including certification as a Full Member in the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

  • Employs a faculty of over 70 professional artist-educators, 90 percent of whom hold master's degrees or higher in their field.

Our mission is to offer quality music instruction to students regardless of their financial situation. Your support will ensure that we can assist children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue musical studies. We accept gifts of any size. Each contribution benefits the Community Music Division.

To make a gift, please visit

Gifts may also be made by mail. Please send a check to:
Community Music Division
804 W. Belden Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

If you wish to discuss specific giving opportunities for the Community  Music Division, please contact Wendy Irvine, Director of Development for Music, at 312.362.7135 or


In May of every year, more than 300 students participate in a 10-hour marathon recital of continuous solo and ensemble performances to raise funds for our Community Music Division Scholarship Fund.

Friends, neighbors and family members are asked to sponsor student performances for this fundraising event.  Area businesses and interested individuals also give their support through patron contributions, advertisements, and donations of products and services. All proceeds from Performathon support our on-site scholarships, foster children program, and partnership programs with schools and churches.