Education & Outreach

Project Inclusion

Project Inclusion is a unique training opportunity for singers and string players from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the worlds of symphonic and choral music. The program aims to increase diversity and guide young musicians toward successful careers in music.

Outstanding young career professionals are hand-selected by the Festival to rehearse and perform within the ranks of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, and receive one-on-one mentoring from professional musicians. Project Inclusion fellows also perform at community concerts in neighborhoods around the city and take part in workshops and demonstrations for Classical Campers.

Concerts are a part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks program.

Playing in all the different parks all over Chicago was such a lovely way to experience the city and to feel as though our music was having a real impact on the different communities in Chicago. I think it's such a fantastic was to share what we do with places that wouldn't otherwise be exposed to classical music."

                                                                                                                                                                  -Project Inclusion alumnus

I really loved the fact that the quartet performed so many times together. I feel as though it really helped us become a tight-knit ensemble more quickly and taught us how to deal with different circumstances. It gave us each the skill of being efficient with the time we had to learn our own parts as well as a quartet."

                                                                                                                                                                   -Project Inclusion alumnus

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 season, the 2020 Fellows have been invited to return to the program for the 2021 season.