Ravinia's Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

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Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) is the summer home for intense study and performance for young professional musicians of the highest caliber from around the world.

Founded by Executive Director Edward Gordon in 1988 as Ravinia’s professional training program for young pianists and string players, RSMI expanded to include the Program for Singers in 1992, and the Program for Jazz in 2000. Since opening its doors, RSMI has offered private coaching, master classes, and performance opportunities to hundreds of young professional musicians, many of whom have gone on to highly visible and successful performing careers.

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Intimate Learning Environment

The hallmark of RSMI is not only the quality but also the exclusivity and immersiveness of its programs. With 15 fellows in the Program for Jazz, up to 35 in the Program for Piano and Strings, and 15 in the Program for Singers, each program is highly selective and each fellow enjoys personalized instruction from a world-class faculty.

Intimate Concert Repertoire

Each of RSMI’s programs focus on collaboration in small groups. The Program for Jazz comprises quintets playing original music as opposed to big bands or standards; the Program for Piano and Strings focuses on chamber music and sonatas as opposed to concertos; and fellows in the Program for Singers work on art song rather than opera, chorus, or oratorio. The choice of this repertoire puts the priority on providing particular musical challenges and an atmosphere for fellows to focus completely on their craft and on the art of making music.

Everything for the Artist

Fellows are invited to take full advantage of the myriad opportunities during their musical immersion in RSMI, including attending any Ravinia concerts, working with our world-renowned faculty, and creating lasting friendships with their colleagues.

Learn more about RSMI’s summer programs for young professional musicians and how to apply below.

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

Violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists find an intimate, collegial atmosphere for chamber music, private coaching, and master classes.

The program for Singers exists to promote the human instrument, 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 engagment for schools and organizations.


Contact Information:

Email: steansmusicinstitute@ravinia.org

Phone: 847-266-5106

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