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The Department of Music and Dance hosts community programs and music festivals to engage the university and surrounding community. In addition, many other special events are programmed each year that serve to enhance Northeastern students’ educational experience. These events provide opportunities for students to interact with performers as entrepreneurs, to participate in master classes, symposia, convocations and lecture-recitals. We hope you will find a place to become involved and experience all we have to offer in music and dance.

Community Programs


The Community Music Program (CMP) at Northeastern Illinois University offers weekly private lessons in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, guitar and percussion. The CMP instructors include Junior Faculty (NEIU undergraduate and graduate students), Senior Faculty (professionals) and Artist Faculty (NEIU full-time faculty artists or special guest artists). Lessons are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments and students sign up for the entire session offered. For more information contact Northeastern's Community and Professional Education Office at or (773) 442-5080.


The Community 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. For more information contact Rachel Burton at and (773) 442-5941 or contact Northeastern's Community and Professional Education Office at or (773) 442-5080.


Chicago Chamber Music Festival

Founded in 2012 by Dr. Susan Tang, as the Chicago Piano Festival, the Chicago Chamber Music Festival, co-directed by Dr. Tang and Dr. Jaime Gorgojo, takes place each August and is geared toward piano and string students ages 12 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 of chamber music ensembles, practice time, master classes and performances by faculty and guest artists, student recitals and more. For more information contact Dr. Susan Tang.


Now in its eighth year, the Chicago Brass Festival, founded by Dr. Travis Heath, hosts brass performers, ensembles, technicians and exhibitors throughout the year on Northeastern's campus. In addition to performances, festival activities include workshops, master classes and clinics on all things related to brass instruments and playing. For more information contact Dr. Travis Heath.


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 and has commissioned numerous new works for clarinet ensemble. For more information contact Dr. Rose Sperrazza.

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. For more information contact Josephine DiCesare.

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. For more information contact the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at (312) 337-6543



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