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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
: 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
: Sunday, October 9, 2:00-6:00pm.
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, January 7 & Sunday, January 8
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.
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.
- Application Deadline
- Winners Concert
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.
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