RSMI on Tour

Steans On Tour: Players

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ravinia was forced to cancel all concerts and events that were to occur in summer 2020, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and the planned April 2020 Strings from Steans Tour. We look forward to bringing Musicians from Steans to venues across the country in future seasons. Please check back for updates.


Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is a touring chamber ensemble series whose members are selected from among the most promising string players, pianists, and singers that have attended Ravinia’s summer conservatory. Tour repertoire for artists from the RSMI Program for Piano and Strings varies, but always includes three or four works for the ensemble. Tours featuring artists from the RSMI Program for Singers have included large ensemble performances with soloists as well as small chamber ensembles and solo performances.

The tours are designed to bring the musical richness of Ravinia to a wider audience, presenting both formal concerts as well as educational engagement and programming for schools and various community organizations. Musicians from both programs have appeared at such prestigious venues as Boston’s Isabella Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress, the Tucson Desert Song Festival, Miami’s Friends of Chamber Music series, and New York’s Town Hall.

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute has also been a pioneer in multiple cultural exchange programs in Havana, Cuba, sending artists from the RSMI Programs for Piano and Strings and Singers to the Festival de Música de Cámara and the Corhabana choral music festival.

Singers from Steans

Celebrating the American Voice

Mohammed Fairouz:   Refugee Blues
Weill:   Four Walt Whitman Songs
Schoenberg:   Selections from Brettl-Lieder
Arie aus dem Spiegel von Arcadia
Zemlinsky:   Afrikanischer Tanz from 12 Songs, op. 27
Hindemith:   Selections from Nine English Songs
On Hearing ‘The Last Rose of Summer’
Sing On there in the Swamp
Berger:   Lonely People from Four Songs (of Langston Hughes)
Weill:   Selections from Street Scene
Lonely House
What Good Would the Moon Be?
Youkali (Tango habanera)
September Song from Knickerbocker Holiday
Ricky Ian Gordon:   Stars from Only Heaven
Joy from Genius Child
Still:   Plain Chant for America

Christine Lyons, soprano
Siena Licht Miller, mezzo-soprano
John Matthew Myers, tenor
Nicholas Newton, bass-baritone
Kevin Murphy, piano

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. 
BGH Classics Series
Ravinia Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall
Highland Park, Illinois

Monday, January 27, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.
Tucson Desert Song Festival
Tuscon, Arizona

Strings from Steans


Program in Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday

Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 1

Miriam Fried, violin
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Sahun Hong, piano 

Bartok: String Quartet No. 2

Maria Ioudenitch, violin
Geneva Lewis, violin
Tanner Menees, viola
Timotheos Petrin, cello 


Beethoven: String Quartet, No. 12

Geneva Lewis, violin
Miriam Fried, violin
Tanner Menees, viola
Timotheos Petrin, cello


Miriam Fried, violin (program director)
Maria Ioudenitch, violin (’16, ’17)
Geneva Lewis, violin (’17, ’18)
Tanner Menees, viola (’16, ’17)
Timotheos Petrin, cello (’17)
Sahun Hong, piano (’16, ’17)



To book Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, please contact:

Molly Sender
Administrative Director
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
847 266 5424

To reach the Ravinia Festival box office, please call 847-266-5100.