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Your gift to the Fund for the Community Music Division will have a lasting impact on our students.

The Community Music Division...

  • Provides the highest quality music instruction to 650 students of all ages and abilities. Additional programs and special events include Youth Orchestra | Chamber Music Program, 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 teaching-artist programs to over 200 students at Nicholas Senn High School, James Russell Lowell Elementary School, Hanson Park Elementary School, Westinghouse College Prep, Kenwood Academy, Carl von Linne Elementary School, and John Spry Community School.

  • 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 teaching artists, 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 those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue musical studies. We accept gifts of any size. Each contribution benefits the Community Music Division.

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 the Community Music Division Office at 773.325.7262 or


In May of every year, more than 300 students participate in Performathon, 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 and partnership programs with schools.​