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Pre-College: Ensembles

CMD offers youth from first grade through high school the opportunity to enroll in an ensemble. Ensembles meet on a weekly or biweekly basis and students perform as a group each quarter.


  • Prelude Choir
  • Chicago Children’s Choir
  • String Orchestra
  • Chamber Music

Prelude Choir

Prelude Choir is a beginning choir experience for children in first and second grade who enjoy singing and participating in a group setting. Class activities will focus on correct breathing and tone production, beginning music reading, performance skills, song preparation, and stage movement. Musical selections include a variety of excellent folk songs and musical theater excerpts particularly suited to young voices. New students wishing to join the Prelude Choir should make an appointment for an informal placement interview. Call the CMD office to schedule an interview at 773-325-7262.

Watch the DePaul Prelude Choir perform "The Big Chill"​ at their December concert.
  • Emi Lee Hart, Instructor
  • 60-minute weekly sessions
  • Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm
  • $130 | 10 sessions

Chicago Children’s Choir

Chicago Children’s Choir at DePaul L​incoln Park Neighborhood Choir

Founded in January 1989, the DePaul Children’s Choir was the first of nine neighborhood choirs of The Chicago Children’s Choir. Open to students in third through ninth grades, the choir program offers a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes choral training while building community pride and stewardship in each singer. Repertoire includes a wide variety of excellent choral literature particularly suited to young voices. Students are placed in an appropriate choir group according to their level of maturity and vocal ability. Performance opportunities include The Chicago Children's Choir Neighborhood Holiday Concerts and 'Paint the Town Red.' Past tours have included trips to New Orleans, Baltimore/Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Detroit, and Dallas. Based on evaluations held in May, choir members may be invited to audition for the Chicago Children’s Choir Voice of Chicago. New students wishing to join the choir should make an appointment for an informal placement interview by calling the the Chicago Children's Choir at 312-849-8300, ext. *10.

  • Evan Bruno, Conductor
  • Presto Choir
    • Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm | Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
  • Allegro Choir
    • Wednesdays 4:15 - 5:15pm | Saturdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Vivace Choir
    • Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:15pm | Saturdays 10:30am - 12:00pm

New students wishing to join the choir should make an appointment for an informal placement interview by calling 312-849-8300, ext *10.

Tuition is based on a sliding scale. Please call Vivian Rainey, Business Manager for the Chicago Children’s Choir, at 312-849-8300 ext *17 for more information.

String Orchestra

Launched in 1995, the String Orchestra Program is open to students of violin, viola, cello and bass, ages seven years and up. Emphasizing high quality performances and the development of ensemble techniques, the orchestra program complements the private lesson experience and acquaints students with a wide range of repertoire for string orchestra. Weekly rehearsals culminate in performances at the end of each quarter.


String Reading Orchestra​

For beginning students with at least two years of study, this small group is an ideal first ensemble experience. Rehearsals concentrate on basic ensemble playing, orchestral conduct, and the development of strong reading and listening skills.

DePaul Youth String Orchestra

For intermediate and advanced players, the Youth Orchestra performs quality string literature from a variety of eras and styles. Emphasis is placed on refining ensemble techniques and developing a student’s musicality through orchestral performance.

Audition requirements:

1. Two octave scale of choice
2. One repertoire piece (memorization not required)
3. Short sight reading example

Please call the CMD office to schedule an appointment 773-325-7262.

  • Mina Zikri, Conductor
  • Saturday afternoons
  • $126 | 8 sessions
  • $98 for CMD students in individual instruction

Youth Orchestra/Advanced Chamber Ensemble 

By invitation only, this group is selected from members of the DePaul Youth Orchestra who have demonstrated a high level of technical and musical proficiency on their instruments. The group performs more difficult repertoire written for string ensemble.

  • Mina Zikri, Conductor
  • Saturday afternoons
  • 60-minute weekly sessions (meeting times to be arranged)
  • $72 | 8 sessions

Chamber Music

​These small groups provide a rewarding musical experience for intermediate and advanced players who are interested in exploring the chamber music literature. Open to string, woodwind, brass and piano students, these groups are determined by age, ability, experience and instrumentation. Members are placed by audition to ensure skill-level compatibility. All chamber ensembles perform in recitals at the end of each quarter. Formation of groups is dependent on student interest and availability. Ensembles meet once a week for eight weeks and are coached by a CMD faculty member. Call the CMD office to schedule a placement interview 773-325-7262.

  • 60-minute weekly sessions (meeting times to be arranged)
  • $160 | 8 sessions