With a vision to create an exceptional environment for young musicians,
Midwest Young Artists (MYA) was founded in 1993 with a dream and a single
orchestra. Today, MYA reaches over 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the
metropolitan Chicago area, with members ranging in age from 12 months
through 12th grade. This award winning organization strives to provide the
highest quality music education and performance opportunities for young
musicians nationwide. Midwest Young Artists fosters an atmosphere where
students exert their best efforts and are rewarded with the experiences of a
lifetime. It is a place where students are able to grow with their peers in a
competitive, yet friendly atmosphere.

Midwest Young Artists is comprised of 9 youth orchestras, more than 65
chamber music ensembles, vocal ensembles, a comprehensive jazz program, a
wind symphony, an early childhood music education program,
early and new music ensembles, and classes in music history, theory and
composition. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad and to perform in
major venues throughout Chicago and around the world. Leading the nation in
chamber music instruction, MYA graduates are accepted at the most selective
conservatories, universities and colleges worldwide.