I had the pleasure of studying in MYAC for 3 years, not only did I have the pleasure of playing some of the greatest works, in fantastic halls, and fantastic conductors, with the most talented student musicians around (many who now have prominent music careers), but MYAC became a second family. As an outcast in high school I would count the days until my next rehearsal at MYAC, where people were just like me. A decade after graduating I came back to teach at MYA and even after so many years it felt just like coming home and it is amazing to Play a part for other students in the place that played such a big part of my upbringing
MYA was the most magical orchestra experience for me back in the mid-90s when I auditioned and joined because my high school didn't have an orchestra program. It was so rewarding to have the chance to play with some of the most talented young musicians from the tri-state area, and to be led by Dr. Dennis and his passion for interpreting classical works and nurturing musicians in each section to sound their best and connect to the music emotionally, and to practice diligently. It led me to major in music and to have a life-long love of music. I enjoy being able to play in alumni concerts as an adult as well, which I've been able to do twice and got to experience a little bit more of that magic.
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory made a real difference in our Son's life. It's like being a part of a family. We only wish we had found MYAC sooner!
A great community for musically-minded kids! From the big ensembles to the smaller chamber groups, the conductors, coaches and teachers are focused on improving the technical and lyrical skills as well as the comfort and coordination of playing in a group. My daughter's knowledge of orchestral pieces, composers and music history has not only grown, but given her the desire to be a better (and life-long) musician.
Midwest Young Artists was an amazing orchestral music experience for our budding clarinetist, who is now off studying clarinet performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. He enjoyed his participation for two years at MYAC, and only wishes he had started with them earlier in high school. Grew as a clarinetist and composer. Had opportunities to perform and learn that he wouldn't have had anywhere else in the Chicago area. Made friends he'll keep and share music with for life. And we, as his parents, enjoyed every minute of every performance over his two years with MYAC. Truly a surprise to find such a world class experience so close to home for us! Worth every penny and every minute.
MYAC has really helped me grow not only as a musician, but as a person. I have been in both the vocal and the Orchestras, and I can say with full certainty that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made to audition. I have met some of my best friends there and Stevie Marks, Gary Fry, and Allan Dennis are all spectacular teachers and mentors. I would highly recommend MYA to anyone who had the dedication to not only learn an instrument, but to be in a truly spectacular ensemble. (Pixtures from Lang Lang 2018)
MYAC was integral in my development as a musician, and I cannot put into words how much I valued my time spent there. The education that MYAC provides is, in my opinion, unparalleled by any other institution in the country. Having graduated from MYAC last year, I find myself missing the community, musical standards, and wonderful teachers and mentors that I feel so lucky to have had. MYAC has opened so many doors for me, and I cannot thank them enough.
My oldest son had the privilege to work with amazing educators and talented young musicians through Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. He participated in both the Jazz and Orchestral programs which helped him take his musicianship to the next level and to secure an amazing scholarship to study jazz performance in college. I couldn’t recommend the program enough and look forward to my youngest child having the same opportunity to participate there as well! Thank you MYAC fircall you do for our young musicians!
This is my daughter’s third year playing with MYA. What a great experience! She has gained so much knowledge and advanced her playing dramatically. This organization has helped her realize she wants to pursue a career in music. She absolutely loves it!!
I've been involved with MYAC since I was in the 8th grade (I now have two small children) and I have nothing but great things to say about the musical and personal experience I had while studying and working there. As a student, faculty member, and now board member, I have met the most incredible people who have inspired my life in so many wonderful ways. I look forward to having my children partake in the program!
My son is in his third year with MYAC. Although he attends a high school with an extraordinary music program, the quality of the instruction, musicianship, and community at MYAC is even better.
I am so "sold" on MYAC that I agreed to join their board this year. A world class organization from top to bottom.
We belong to the family of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Berg, authors , and developers and pioneers of solution focused brief therapy and our daughter Amelie enjoys rehearsing and practicing her instrument, Clarinet at MYAC. she can nurture her passion for music and learns how to work in team. It is a musical high quality experience in a fun and supportive environment.
I have been involved with MYAC in one capacity or another for 15 years, from volunteer to ad-hoc committee member to board member to president, and now treasurer. MYAC has been so impactful in the lives of our children, with 2 of three becoming professional musicians. The musical education was important, but of equal or greater importance was the social growth of our children and others. The dedication of the founders, Allan and Karen Dennis, continues to be a driving force at MYAC. Their love of education, music and nurturing growth sets MYAC apart from the rest.
MYA has a 20 year history of helping young musicians mature as musicians, and importantly, as children moving into young adulthood. We have a very nurturing environment which allows our students to flourish. Strong friendships and a true sense of accomplishment are recurring comments which come back to us. I happily serve as MYA's president.
MYA is the most beautiful environment for our young people. What they are doing is quite an accomplishment. Bringing children together making music. Every Saturday, I watch them rehearsing, practicing, all ages, just bring tears! I’m so very proud to be part of this community. Alan and Karen are very inspiring. And we can’t be thankful enough for them that they provide this such an important and beautiful environment for our young generation. My son and I are always looking forward to it. MYA is a Wonderful place to be: dedicated faculty and staff, talented, happy students!
There is no better place for young musicians than MYAC. Dr. Alan Dennis and his wife are the most dedicated and caring people you will ever meet and have created this amazing educational program. Their professionalism and musical knowledge are priceless, and I am forever grateful for everything they have done at MYAC for my kids, and I know every other parent here can say the same. I encourage all to experience the joy of being part of this amazing organization!
-Marta Dudek, MYAC Parent
MYAC changed my life forever. It's not only the most welcoming community, but also most inspiring. The music standards are extraordinarily high because of the professionalism, encouragement, and dedication from the faculty, coaches, directors, and students. In all honesty there are no words to describe how special MYAC really is. You just HAVE to take the opportunity to experience it! My only regret is not joining MYAC sooner!
-Peter Dudek, MYAC Student
MYAC provides pre-K through 12th-grade students from the Chicago tri-state area with outstanding opportunities to play in orchestras, bands, vocal ensembles, chamber groups, and master classes at various levels, with regular performances. They also offer music theory classes (free!), and a sonata class. MYAC provides exceptional opportunities for students to develop musically and personally, make friends with similar interests, and experience fine mentoring. The professional musicians who work with the students are highly qualified, kind, dedicated, and experienced. MYAC also provides a uniquely wonderful family environment. Parents and siblings can choose to stay in the building while students rehearse. Families can listen to rehearsals, catch up on work or studies, chat with other families, relax or nap by the fireplace, stroll or bike the gorgeous grounds of Fort Sheridan. Being a part of MYAC these past four years has been an awesome experience for our son, and our entire family. Our Saturdays at MYAC have become a highlight of our week. We very enthusiastically recommend MYAC to other students and families!!”
-Laura Gottardi-Littell, MYAC Parent