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Music Conservatory

The students of CCPA study in the midst of Chicago's invigorating arts scene, and acquire additional experience through internships with nationally-known music companies. They watch world-renowned conductors lead the Chicago Symphony, enjoy outdoor performances at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, witness premieres of new works in Chicago's thriving contemporary music scene, and see American legends performing at the famous Jazz Showcase. Studying in the heart of one of the nation's greatest cities gives our students a leg up on creating a strong network of professional contacts and a head start on the career they envision.

Resources for Current Students

Music is a calling, and preparing for a life in music requires an unwavering desire to achieve mastery of one's craft. Music majors arrive on our campus with artistic desire, and leave with the skills and knowledge to begin a life in music. Studio lessons, recitals, chamber music, operas, and jazz combos form the nucleus of a performer's training at CCPA.

Music Conservatory Performances

Fri, Feb 2, 2018
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center | 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Wed, Mar 14, 2018
Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60605
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sat, Jun 9, 2018
Roosevelt University
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Hire Student Musicians

The Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) trains the next generation of student artists in the heart of Downtown Chicago. All students are admitted to CCPA by audition only, and are trained to be highly skilled young professionals. Be it a string quartet, jazz combo, choir soloist, accompanist, or any other musical need, we have many talented students who would be happy to help you out!

The amount of time that all of our young performing artists dedicate to their craft is immense. As such, we strongly discourage posting opportunities that do not come with proper compensation for our students' time and preparation.

To post a job listing to our student performer list, please fill out this form:

Featured CCPA Events

Thu, Jan 18, 2018
Mikowsky Hall, AUD 907
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
AUD 730
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fri, Feb 9, 2018
Chicago College of Performing Arts
11:59 PM - 12:59 AM

Sat, Jun 9, 2018
Roosevelt University
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Student Achievements

The alumni of CCPA's Music Conservatory are part of a lively continuum of achievement, performing with major ensembles and finding success as educators, conductors, composers, and critics.



From Avant-Garde to Woodwind Chamber Music, our students have the opportunity to participate in over two dozen ensembles.

“Seth [Boustead, BM '00, MM '02] went out and created his own career, and that’s a powerful example for anyone coming out of music school today.”

Linda Berna
Associate Dean, Music Conservatory, Roosevelt University
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