Community Outreach

MYAC contributes to the cultural life of the greater Chicago area with a number of initiatives. These include:

Young Music Scholars Program and Young Music Scholar Mentors

The YMS program offers creative and cultural experiences for students in underserved elementary schools in the surrounding community by extending scholarships for participation in small group lessons and the MYAC Reading Orchestra. The lessons are taught by the most advanced members of MYAC's orchestral program and provide an opportunity for these high school age students, under the guidance of master private teachers, to give of themselves by mentoring younger musicians.

Beyond the Fort

MYAC chamber groups bring the uplifting spirit of music to senior centers, group homes, and nursing and rehabilitation centers around the Chicago area. Chamber music, in the comfort of familiar surroundings, is a gift that MYAC students are able to give to residents who are unable to get to concerts and do not often have the pleasure of attending live performances. In addition, we consider collaboration with other arts organizations an important part of musical development, and MYAC students have added their voices to enhance the annual Chicago Symphony Orchestra holiday program “Welcome Yule”, while instrumentalists have provided music for events such as Dance Chicago. These collaborations expand the reach of classical music into the community with the talents and passion of our young musicians.

I’Solisti MYAC

This exceptional chamber orchestra is made up of select students from the MYAC orchestral program and conducted by Charles Pikler, former principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This ensemble travels to middle schools and high schools in the Chicago area for in-school performances serving as inspiration and motivation for their peers.

Financial Assistance

MYAC is committed to providing an affordable music program for all interested students. Currently MYAC offers financial assistance to 15% of our students a year, with 32% of students receiving tuition reductions for participating in more than one program, keeping costs of participation affordable. Our financial aid budget has been significantly increased from years past making MYAC ensemble programs accessible to all.

One Score One Chicago

MYAC collaborates with Ravinia in presenting in-school performances for the “One Score, One Chicago" program. Thousands of public school students in Chicago and Waukegan are introduced to classical music thanks to the educational efforts of Ravinia and the enthusiasm and excellence of MYAC orchestral and chamber musicians.


In addition to these initiatives, MYAC offers assistance to public school music programs with sheet music loans, music workshops, and instrument acquisition through our instrument donation program.

For further information about any of the above, please contact mya@mya.org.