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.

Upcoming CCPA Performances

the members of Newberry Consort stand around a piano

Student Achievements

The students & 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.  See some of the student and alumni achievements.

Bassoonist performing within a woodwind section

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.


Winston Choi instructing a student on a baby grand piano

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Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, Chicago College of Performing Arts