Evening Jazz Ensembles

July 10 – July 28, 2017


Midwest Young Artists offers Evening Jazz Ensembles as a fun, high quality jazz experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicago area. The program is a great way for students to keep up their jazz studies throughout the summer, and it's perfect for students who are too busy during the day for a full-time summer music camp; you can work or go to summer school and still learn great repertoire and prepare to play concerts at various well-known venues!

Evening Jazz Ensembles meet at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. The three weeks of rehearsal culminate in Final Performance at the MYA Conservatory Center.

Click here to download a PDF brochure for the Evening Jazz Ensembles!


Evening Jazz Ensembles meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MYA Conservatory Center.

Important 2017 Dates

Friday, July 28, 2017, 1:00 p.m., MYAC Center: Final Chicago Jazz Workshop and Evening Jazz Performance


Chris Madsen, Director

A graduate of the Juilliard and DePaul University Schools of Music, Christopher Madsen’s credits as a saxophonist include performances and recordings with Paul Simon, Bobby Short, Barbara Lea, Wynton Marsalis, Loren Schoenberg, Kenny Washington, Victor Goines, Jef Hamilton, Lage Lund, Michael Dease, and Jon Irabagon. He is a published composer with Kendor Music, Inc., the UNC Jazz Press, and Walrus Music. He has served on the Jazz Studies faculty of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music since 2008 and is the Jazz Program Director for Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL. Madsen is a Rico Reed clinician and member of the College Music Society, NAfME, National Educator’s Association, and JEN. He has presented clinics, conucted ensembles, and performed at numerous JEN conferences, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Illinois Music Educators’ Association’s All-State Conference. He is one of the most in-demand and versatile saxophonists in Chicago, maintaining an active performance schedule and private studio. For more information, visit www.chrismadsen.net


MYA Conservatory’s Evening Jazz Ensembles are geared toward serious music students entering grades 6 through 12 as of Fall 2017 who want to continue their ensemble experience during the summer, but are too busy during the day to participate in a full-time music festival.

MYAC Alumni are strongly encouraged to enroll in MYAC’s Evening Jazz Ensembles—free of charge!


Evening Jazz Ensembles, Student: $275

Evening Jazz Ensembles, MYA Alum: $0

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Click here to apply for Financial Aid for the Evening Jazz Ensembles. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2017. Tuition payments can be made here.

All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to attend Evening Jazz Ensembles must:

No audition is required. Placement will be made after the first rehearsal at the discretion of the Director. Space is limited and admission is conducted on a rolling basis. The suggested deadline for all materials is May 1, 2017.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Alyssa Allgood at (847) 926-9898 or alyssaallgood@mya.org.

We hope to see you at the 2017 Evening Jazz Ensembles!