Tuesday, July 14
10 – 11 a.m.
The history of Midwest Young Artists (MYA) is a story of a compelling mission, dedication, and hard work. The organization was established in 1993 by parents who wanted Dr. Allan Dennis to create an orchestra for their children. Fifty five students showed up for the first rehearsal and were divided into a Junior and Senior Orchestra. A number of the older, more advanced students played in the Senior Orchestras and mentored in the Junior Orchestra, thereby establishing a tradition of cultivating leadership that continues as a core MYA principle today.
Initially renting space at the Lake Forest Country Day School, MYA is now housed in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan and has grown into one of the premier music ensemble programs in the nation. MYA graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities, and colleges in the country.
MYA reaches more than 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging from grades 2 to 12. Featuring nine youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, four choral ensembles, four jazz big bands, numerous jazz combos, music history, theory, and composition classes, MYA strives to provide the highest quality music experience for young musicians nationwide. In 2011, early childhood development classes were added to introduce toddlers and their families to the joys of music and movement. The focus on family is another of MYA's core principles.
However, at MYA it's more than just the music. MYA makes a difference in the lives of its students, their families, and their communities by encouraging camaraderie, respect, and hard work as well as dedication to the pursuit of excellence. MYA is a place where students are able to grow, using music, in a socially supportive, educationally nurturing, socially responsible, and organizationally secure environment.
Following the concert, please stay for a tour of the Sensory Garden, and an introduction to horticultural therapy with the Garden’s director of horticultural therapy, Barb Kreski.