CMPI is aimed at building a more robust Chicago-area training pathway for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, from 6th grade through 12th grade. The project focuses on instrumental students of classical music who have demonstrated both aptitude and interest in pursuing intensive study and a career specifically in orchestral music.
The long-term goal of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is to help address the persistent lack of diversity in American orchestras – a condition which threatens the vitality and viability of classical, orchestral music.
The initiative will involve close collaboration and resource sharing among a diverse network of well-established not-for-profit Chicago youth and music-education focused organizations. Together, participating organizations will work to identify talented, motivated students early in their training. Musicians selected for CMPI will be carefully assessed and provided with comprehensive supports – musical and extra-musical (e.g., financial, instructional, academic, etc.) to remove many of the barriers to access that can discourage or derail the training of talented young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds before they are able to realize their full musical potential.
The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative Project Director is responsible for project development, implementation and oversight. They will work collaboratively with the CMPI Steering Team, which consists of leadership from the following organizations:
Merit School of Music
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Chicago High School for the Arts
DePaul University School of Music
The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Ravinia Festival
Oversee all critical elements of project planning, coordination and execution, including, but not limited to:
Facilitating regular planning, practice-sharing and connectivity among CMPI partners
Nurturing lasting, systemic connections among participating organizations that may benefit all students in programs
Holding participating institutions accountable for identifying, recruiting, recommending, and advancing students across organizations/pathway, consistent with outcomes and commitments made to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Advocate across organizational leadership for improved systems and practices to build collaboration, communication, trust, and a student-focused mindset and practice
Informing and facilitating areas of needed curriculum development and revision as it relates to the training and development of CMPI musicians
Guiding and coordinating professional development for all participating institutions, including trainings in trauma-informed practice, diversity and inclusion, social emotional competency building, etc.
Organizing college and career exposure opportunities as well as access to curricula for all underrepresented students in programs
Leading data collection, analysis, and reporting commensurate with project outcomes and funder expectations
This position is grant funded and therefore subject to grant renewal.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience – full benefits include health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, and PTO offered to the successful candidate.
The CMPI Steering Committee and affiliated organizations are committed to enhancing the diversity of Chicago’s classical music community, recognizing that by providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for our students, we are preparing them for personal and professional success in an increasingly global society. The CMPI community recognizes that it has a responsibility for creating and sustaining a learning environment where difference is valued, and where equity and inclusion are practiced.
CMPI leadership encourages individuals from underrepresented populations to apply.
Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and minimum salary requirements to Auriel Jones (email@example.com) no later than Friday, November 16. No phone calls or faxes will be accepted.
Ability to speak Spanish preferred, but not required
About Merit School of Music
Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.
Merit School of Music is a nationally accredited music school located in Chicago’s West Loop. Our primary goals are to help young people transform their lives and experience personal growth through music by removing barriers to participation. For nearly 40 years, we have been home to a diverse community of talented young musicians and have acted as a springboard for achieving full musical and personal potential. Our 125 passionate and experienced teaching artists provide access to high-quality music education, engaging over 3,500 students annually at our downtown location and in area schools and community centers.
Merit students, who reflect the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of Chicago, have the rare opportunity to learn together, dream together, teach each other, and broaden their horizons as they build inspiring lives through music. Merit develops musicians and provides young people with the tools they need to excel in life, with virtually 100 percent of our graduates going on to conservatory, college or university.