CMPI Names Adrienne Thompson as Program Director


As we shared back in the fall, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is a newly-established training program for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We’re thrilled to announce that Chicago native and music education veteran Adrienne Thompson will lead the initiative as Project Director.

Adrienne Thompson, Program Director for the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

CMPI is a multi-organizational effort led by CYSO, Merit School of Music, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music, and Ravinia Festival. It was established last fall with a $3.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Adrienne returns to the Chicago from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Talent Development Program and brings twenty years of experience as a highly-successful high school-level orchestra director in Georgia. She received a degree in flute performance from Chicago’s Sherwood Conservatory of Music (now part of Columbia College Chicago) and has an MBA from Indiana University. In 1968, Adrienne became one of the first African Americans to attend Mount Greenwood Elementary School, known as the “Mount Greenwood 7.”

CMPI will begin recruiting young musicians to the program this Spring, with more details on the application and audition process to be announced soon. 


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