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About Midwest Young Artists
With a vision to create an exceptional environment for young musicians, Midwest Young Artists (MYA) was founded in 1993. Currently reaching over 600 students from 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging in age from 2nd through 12th grades, MYA strives to provide the highest quality music experience for young musicians nationwide. MYA expects the best out of its students and provides a supportive and nurturing environment. It is a place where students are able to grow with their peers in a competitive, yet friendly atmosphere. MYA has 5 youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, 3 choral groups, an all-inclusive jazz program, and classes in music theory and history. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad and to perform in major venues throughout Chicago and around the world. Leading the nation in chamber music instruction, MYA’s program is the most decorated and award winning chamber music program in the United States; winning more medals in the Fischoff Chamber Music competition than any other pre-college chamber music program in the Chicagoland area or the U.S. MYA graduates are accepted at the most selective conservatories, universities and colleges in the country.
MYA orchestras, jazz ensembles, and choral groups perform at a variety of venues each year; in the past such places have included the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, Symphony Center, the United Center, the Genesee Theater, and Chicago’s Hot House. In the 2006-2007 & 2007-2008 Concert Season, MYA performed at the Harris Theatre, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University and the Chicago Civic Opera House, becoming the first youth orchestra ever to perform at the Civic Opera House. MYA students also have the opportunity to go on biannual international concert trips, such as to China and Korea (2007), Spain and Portugal (2005), Switzerland (2004), and Vienna (2001). A concert tour to South America is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2010.