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Concerts & Events

The Community Music Division offers a variety of programs, events and competitions for students of all ages and skill levels. The majority of our programs culminate in recitals and performances, at which students showcase their work for their families and friends. Annual highlights include the Concerto Festival for Young Performers, Performathon, and the Merit Scholarship auditions.

Most of our concerts and recitals are free and open to the public. See our Concerts & Events Calendar for dates, times, locations, and other important information.

String Chamber Fest

Performance: Sunday, October 16, 5:00pm
Open to CMD string students of all ability levels, participants will have an opportunity to rehearse and perform a piece from the approved repertoire list with the Kaia String Quartet.
Rehearsal: Sunday, October 9, 2:00-6:00pm.

Piano New Music Fest

Sunday, October 30

Open Division Concerto Festival

​The DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers was founded in 2003 to provide an opportunity for intermediate level pianists in the Community Music Division to perform with an orchestra. Repertoire was selected from sonatina movements and short piano pieces for which string accompaniments were available. Auditions were held and eight winners were selected to perform with the DePaul Youth String Orchestra.

In 2004, the Festival was expanded to include violin students and also offered a wider range of repertoire for pianists. In 2006, cello and flute were added to the roster of instruments. To accommodate the increasing difficulty of repertoire, a decision was made to conduct the Festival with a full symphony orchestra. A partnership was formed in 2007 with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri. That year, thirteen winners had the privilege of performing a concerto movement in concert.

In 2008, the Festival was opened to students outside of the Community Music Division. Viola was added in 2009, clarinet was added in 2012, and oboe and bassoon were added in 2013.

We invite and encourage young musicians to audition for an opportunity to participate in the Concerto Festival.
  • Application Deadline: 
    • Saturday, December 3
  • Auditions:
    • Saturday, January 7 & Sunday, January 8
  • Performance:
    • Sunday, February 12

Click here to register for the Open Division Concerto Festival

Violin Play-In

Sunday, January 22

Piano Chamber Fest

Performance: Sunday, January 29, 3:00pm
Place: DePaul Recital Hall

Rehearsals: Sunday, January 22, 3:00-6:30pm and Friday, January 27, 5:30-8:00pm

We are pleased to welcome members of the Kaia String Quartet as our guests for Piano Chamber Fest. Students from beginning through advanced levels will have the opportunity to perform solo repertoire with string players in trio and quartet arrangements. Repertoire should be selected by the teacher and music scores will be provided upon receipt of the registration form. Please contact the CMD office for more information.

DePaul Division Concerto Festival

The DePaul Division Concerto Festival is open to students in 12th grade or younger currently enrolled in the DePaul Community Music Division and studying with a CMD faculty member on the instrument for which they are auditioning. The DePaul Division Concerto Festival includes piano, violin, viola and flute.  Students who are not currently enrolled in the DePaul Community Music Division are not eligible for the DePaul Division Concerto Festival.
  • Application Deadline
    • TBA
  • Auditions
    • TBA
  • Winners Concert
    • TBA
The DePaul Division Concerto Festival is open only to students currently enrolled in the Community Music Division. Please see your CMD instructor for a listing of acceptable repertoire.

Suzuki Violin Workshop

The Suzuki Violin Workshop is a stimulating one-day session of mini-lessons, group classes, and enrichment classes for students and parents. Open to Suzuki violin students (parents must be present) in the Chicago area. Current CMD Suzuki students are encouraged to participate.​​

Graduating Seniors Recital

​​Monday, April 3


In May of every year, more than 300 students participate in the annual all-school fundraiser – a 10-hour marathon recital of continuous solo and ensemble performances for the CMD Financial Aid Fund. Students enlist sponsors to contribute pledges for their performances.​

Saturday, May 6