Our History

The history of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) is a story of a compelling mission, hard work and serendipity. The organization was founded in February of 1993 when a group of parents obtained rehearsal space at Lake Forest Country Day School and asked Founder and Director Dr. Allan Dennis to continue working with their children. The following week after that organizational meeting, 55 students showed up for the first rehearsal. The students were divided into a Junior and Senior Orchestra, with quite a few of the older or more advanced students playing in both orchestras, a tradition of nurturing leadership that continues as a core value of our programs.

Having recently celebrated our 25th anniversary , it is an incredible accomplishment that the vision of these first parents and director has resulted in the premiere music ensemble program in the nation, housed in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan, bursting at the seams with students enrolled in orchestra, chamber music, jazz, and choral ensembles, and ambitious plans to create a vibrant arts center in Fort Sheridan.