About Us

Our Mission: Transforming lives by granting access to quality music training and performance opportunities.

Our Vision: To create a vibrant center for arts education and performance that will provide a tuiton-free, high-quality music education for learners throughout the region. The center will offer music lessons, as well as vocal and instrumental ensemble learning opportunities to anyone regardless of socio-economic status, race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status or sexual orientation. As well, your Community Music Center will produce performances showcasing the work being done by its students and faculty, provide “laboratory” and professional development experiences for practicing and pre-service music educators, and open its doors to community partners should they have a need.

If you would like to discuss ways in which you can support our vision, contact Rob Calhoon, President and Artistic Director, at rcalhoon@ilcmc.org

Our Programs

Sounds of Illinois Brass Choir: This diverse collection of talented musicians from throughout the region performs all sorts of wonderful brass literature, from Bach to Neil Diamond to modern classics written by emerging composers. They perform for civic events, special social gatherings, and produce their own concerts which are free and open to the public, as well.

Tuition-Free Private Lesson Program: Students are paired with skilled instructors and receive individual instruction weekly. In addition to the lesson, all students are provided with lesson books and other music at no cost to their families.

ILCMC Tuition-Free String Academy: The nine students from the inaugural class of scholars were chosen for the program via a lottery. They were given a half -hour private lesson each week, and attended weekly enrichment classes where topics such as improvisation, chamber music, and fiddling were covered. At the end of the summer semester, the scholars presented a recital of their work in the beautiful sanctuary of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor.

ILCMC Young Voices Mini-Camp: A group of over twenty rising first to third graders gathered for three days of singing, movement, story telling and snacks. The camp was led by Ms Carrie Bonanotte of the Bel Canto Children’s Choir. The children presented a Mini-Camp Mini-Concert at the end of the third day.

Sounds of Illinois Community Music Center (ILCMC) Community Guidelines

This community exists to provide a place for learners of all ages to safely explore their artistic curiosities. As such, all community members are expected to treat each other with great respect and kindness. Differences of opinion and preferences are expected, and celebrated,  but discussion of those differences should be kept civil. ILCMC will not tolerate behavior construed as profane and/or bullying. If such behavior occurs, in person, or online, and is brought to the attention of the ILCMC administration, perpetrators will be expelled from the community.

Policies and procedures specifically for individual classes and programs, such as the Sounds of Illinois Brass Choir Community, will be developed in consultation with the course instructor or moderator. Participants in those courses will be expected to agree to the policies upon enrollment. Should the class or program participant choose to not agree to the policies, they will not be allowed to participate.

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