Private Lessons and Master Classes

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The Department of Music maintains a growing roster of experienced private instructors, available to teach University of Chicago students on campus.  Our affiliated private instructors hold advanced degrees from such prestigious conservatories as Indiana University, the Juilliard School, the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Rice University, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Southern California, and more.

Some University of Chicago students choose to study with other acclaimed musicians in the Chicago area, such as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, or with faculty members at DePaul University or Northwestern University School of Music.  Generally such lesson arrangements require the student to audition for the particular teacher in order to be accepted into his or her studio, and often to travel to another location in the Chicago area for lessons. 

At present, all financial arrangements for private lessons are made directly with the teacher, rather than through the University.  Tuition dollars cannot be used for private lessons, nor does the student receive any degree credit for taking private music lessons.  Auditions are held annually to award lesson subsidies through the Department of Music Lesson Award program.

Affiliated Private Teachers

Students at Chicago have many choices in selecting a private teacher in applied music.  Many of the Department of Music ensemble directors and performance faculty are available to teach private lessons on campus.  In addition, the Department maintains a list of recommended affiliated private teachers who are available to teach UChicago students on campus.  

Performance faculty at the University of Chicago who offer private lessons include:

  • Svetlana Belsky, Coordinator of Piano Studies (piano)
  • Mwata Bowden, Director of the Jazz X-tet and Jazz Combo (saxophone)
  • David Douglas, Newberry Consort (Baroque viol)
  • Ellen Hargis, Newberry Consort (vocal)
  • Patrice Michaels, Director of Vocal Studies (vocal)
  • Jeffrey Ray (vocal)
  • Spektral Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence
    • Clara Lyon (violin)
    • J. Austin Wulliman (violin)
    • Doyle Armbrust, (viola)
    • Russell Rolen, (violoncello)
  • Wanees Zarour, Director of the Middle East Music Ensemble

For contact information for affiliated private teachers, send an e-mail request to musiclessons@uchicago.edu.  For specific recommendations for private teachers, contact Director of Performance Programs Barbara Schubert or Director of Choral Activities James Kallembach.

Master Classes

A variety of master classes, taught by local Chicago-area professional and/or visiting guest artists, take place on campus each quarter.  These master classes involve University of Chicago student performers, focusing on repertoire of their choice, and are free and open to the public to attend.  In general, the Chamber Music Program hosts three or four master classes per season, often involving the Artists-in-Residence Spektral Quartet; the Piano Program sponsors four to six piano master classes per year;  and the Vocal Studies Program presents three or four vocal master classes annually.  Additional master classes for woodwind, brass, or string players, led by guest soloists appearing with the University Symphony Orchestra or artists performing on a University of Chicago Presents concert, are likewise scheduled each season.

Check the quarterly calendar for full information about this year's master classes on campus.