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Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestras

Housed at Roosevelt University, the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is one of the city’s leading performing arts conservatories.

The Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA), one of Roosevelt University’s five colleges, provides students with professional conservatory training in music performance, music education, music composition, performing arts administration, acting, and musical theatre through its two divisions: the Music Conservatory and the Theatre Conservatory. Currently located in the historic Auditorium Building in the heart of downtown Chicago, the College was founded in 1867 by Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr. as the Chicago Academy of Music—the fourth conservatory to be established in the United States. Over 500 students from more than 35 states and 16 countries come together to form this unique community devoted to excellence in the performing arts. The Music Conservatory faculty includes acclaimed concert artists and nearly 30 members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestras. 

Under the direction of Emanuele Andrizzi, the CCPA Orchestra program is one of the center-pieces of the Music Conservatory. In addition to the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra featured on this recording, students also have opportunities to perform in baroque, contemporary, and opera orchestras. The CCPA Orchestras perform multiple free concerts each academic year, presented at prestigious downtown Chicago venues such as Symphony Center, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Auditorium Theatre, and Ganz Hall. Additionally, each year the orchestra offers free public performances in one of Chicago’s diverse communities.

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