Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago
Seeing a need for an organization to advocate for a beautiful and profound, but often neglected, body of repertoire, University of Michigan alumni Shannon McGinnis (DMA ’04, piano), Nicholas Hutchinson (MM ’02 and DMA ’07, piano) and Nicholas Phan (BM ’01, voice) founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago to promote the study and performance of art song and vocal chamber music. Since its first event, a small, private house concert in 2010, CAIC’s educational and performance programs have expanded to include an annual series of public concerts and master classes, workshops, an four-day festival, and a fellowship program for promising Chicago area singers and pianists. Opera News has described CAIC “as one of Windy City’s primary musical treasures”.
CAIC regularly partners with prominent arts organizations, universities and schools throughout Chicago. Praised by Chicago Classical Review for consistently producing “art song performances of the highest order”, its performances feature an international roster of singers, pianists and instrumentalists who are leading performers of this repertoire world-wide. CAIC is the only arts organization in Chicago, and one of very few nationwide, to devote itself exclusively to art song, and reaches hundreds of Chicagoans each year with its performance and educational activities. The Chicago Tribune has written “the genre of art song singing will never lack a forum in the city’s musical life as long as the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago is there to affirm its importance and promote its growth.”