Ravinia's Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

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Ravinia’s Summer Conservatory

Concert halls, opera houses, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and headlines are filled with these and many more alumni of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the summer conservatory at America’s oldest summer music festival. Each season, talented young musicians from around the world come together at RSMI to make music with an internationally renowned performing faculty. Through the institute’s three programs—jazz, piano and strings, and singers—these young artists give performances as part of Ravinia’s summer main-stage programming as well as participate in master classes led by musical luminaries and daily solo and ensemble coaching with the faculty. Learn more about the three programs and how to apply below.


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The Program for Jazz focuses on composition and small ensemble improvisation led by musical luminaries and faculty.

35 violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, and other musicians find an intimate, collegial atmosphere as they work together and meet with a distinguished faculty for private coaching, chamber music and master classes.

The program for singers exists to promote the art of song, focusing upon the central repertoire of German and French art song.

See this year's entire RSMI concert schedule in one convenient location.

RSMI live streams most of its free concerts on YouTube and are also available on this page.

Our young artists are heard in major concert halls and opera houses around the world.

The future of classical music and jazz depends in part on the availability and accessibility of quality, tuition-free professional studies programs like ours.

Tours bring the musical richness of RSMI to a wider audience, presenting both formal concerts and educational outreach for schools and organizations.


Contact Information:

Email: steansmusicinstitute@ravinia.org

Phone: 847-266-5106

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