The MYAC Center

In June of 2000, Midwest Young Artists moved into a magnificent rehearsal facility at Fort Sheridan. This “peace dividend” was the result of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to MYA in 1994. The building, the former Army Stockade, was designed by Holabird and Roche, the world-famous Chicago architectural firm.

Built in 1890, the original building accommodated 72 prisoners. Two long flanking wings, also designed by Holabird and Roche, were added in 1905 and 1906 to bring capacity to 120 prisoners. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It has been maintained to preserve its heritage, but recent renovations offer MYA students a fabulous rehearsal space including a state-of-the-art recording studio.

We hope you will stop by and visit any time. You are welcome to attend rehearsals or free Sunday afternoon recitals (Sunday Soirees).


Take Route 41 to the Old Elm Road Exit and exit east on Old Elm Road. The entrance to the Town of Fort Sheridan is at the intersection of Old Elm & Sheridan Roads. Old Elm turns into Simonds Way as you head through the gates of the Town of Fort Sheridan. Proceed until the T in the road. Turn right on Leonard Wood and follow the road until it turns into Lyster. The MYA Center at Fort Sheridan is the seventh yellow brick building on the right. There is parking and a back entrance with an awning with our logo on the west side of the building. [Map]

From O'Hare: Take Route 294 North towards Milwaukee. Exit Route 22 (Half Day Road) east. Proceed east on Half Day Road to Route 41. Turn left and head north on 41 to the Old Elm East exit. Turn right on Old Elm and continue until the road ends (after Old Elm crosses Sheridan Road, it turns into Simonds Way as you go through the Town of Fort Sheridan gates). Turn right at the T in the road. The MYA Center is the seventh yellow brick building on the right.


This Preliminary Floor Plan is 95% accurate to what was actually built.

Midwest Young Artists' Performance Center

Building Use

Building Use Contract

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory allows private teachers with five or more students in MYA Conservatory, current MYAC students/faculty/staff and MYAC Alumni ensembles to reserve a room in the building, if available, at no cost once a semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) for their recitals, master classes or rehearsals. Please note that this does not include use of any MYAC equipment with the exception of pianos. Not-for-profit organizations with charitable, musical, or educational missions may also request to use the building. Organizations who use the facility must have a certificate of insurance with a $3 million liability. Priority is always given to MYAC related rehearsals and activities before booking any space at MYAC's home to outside entities. This includes consideration for room set-up, reset time and staff coverage.