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The department sponsors several unique music festivals, regularly hosts events, and presents professional performing artists that serve to enhance students’ educational experience, as well as provide opportunities for them to interact with performers as entrepreneurs. Master classes, symposia, convocations and lecture-recitals are some of the events which are commonly presented throughout the year. Most all of the events are free of charge, but some may require registration.


The Chicago Brass Festival

Now in its seventh year, the Chicago Brass Festival, founded by Dr. Travis Heath, hosts brass performers, ensembles, technicians, exhibitors and a competition over two days at Northeastern’s campus each March. In addition to performances, the festival includes workshops, master classes and clinics on all things related to brass instruments and playing. More

The Chicago Piano Festival

Founded in 2012 by Dr. Susan Tang, the Chicago Piano Festival takes place each August and is geared toward piano students ages 10 through senior year in high school to assist with the development of their inherent musical talent and instincts. Days are filled with private lessons, coaching for the piano ensemble, practice time, master classes, recitals and more. Other activities include faculty performances and outings to summer concerts throughout the city. More

The Chicago String Festival

In its inaugural year, the Chicago String Festival is directed by Northeastern string instructor, Dr. Jaime Gorgojo, and runs concurrently with the Chicago Piano Festival. The week-long program is geared toward string students aged 10 through senior year in high school. Invested in the development of the inherent musical talent and instincts of young string players, the program also exposes participants to the world of chamber music. More.


The Chicago Clarinet Ensemble

Founded by Dr. Rose Sperrazza, The Chicago Clarinet Ensemble (CCE) is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University. The ensemble ranges in size from two to 35+ players, and has appeared at the Chicago Humanities Festival, Looptopia Chicago, Simpson College, Chicago’s Merit School of Music, the University of Iowa, Clarinet Fest 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska, in numerous broadcasts on Chicago’s WFMT, and in many outreach concerts. Since its inaugural concert in 2007, the CCE has featured world-renowned soloists such as Stanley and Naomi Drucker, John Bruce Yeh, Anthony McGill, Charlene Zimmerman, Lawrie Bloom, Steve Cohen, John Hagstrom, and Elsa and Walter Verdehr. The CCE has commissioned eight new works for clarinet ensemble. More

Ensemble Español

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, under the artistic leadership of founder Dame Libby Komaiko, Associate Artistic Drector Irma Suarez-Ruiz and Executive Director Jorge Perez, is the premier Spanish Dance Company and Center in the United States in-residence at Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Music and Dance. The company’s mission is the preservation, presentation and promotion of the classical, folkloric, flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain. The Ensemble Español, founded in 1976 by Dame Libby, is comprised of 40 dancers, singers, musicians and guest artists. More

Contact Information

Josephine DiCesare
Ensemble Español
(773) 442-5916

Ruth Page Dance Series

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts has been training professional dancers, presenting and promoting the finest dance performances in the city, as well as mentoring small to mid-sized arts organizations who call the center home, for nearly 40 years. Founded by Chicago icon and internationally-renowned performer and choreographer, Ruth Page, the center reflects her vision of supporting dance excellence in Chicago. More

Contact Information

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
(312) 337-6543

Community Programs

The Preparatory Dance Program

The Preparatory Dance Program is a community-focused program that hosts classes for people of all ages and skill levels. The program runs each fall, winter/spring and summer, and offers classes for children that include Creative Movement – Pre-dance I & II; Ballet I-III; and Hip-Hop for Kids. Adult classes include Ballet I-III and Beginning Yoga. Classes are reasonably priced. More

Contact Information

Rachel Burton
Dance Instructor and Preparatory Dance Program Coordinator
Department of Music and Dance Program
(773) 442-5941

Music and Dance

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff

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