VanderCook hosts a number of workshops and festivals throughout the year for middle school and high school music students. These events provide students with an opportunity to learn outside the classroom and to make new friends. Whether you're interested in student enrichment at special events outside of the classroom, or one of the many band, choir and orchestra clinics held at the college, there's something here for you. Click on the links below for more details about each offering.

2019-20 Outreach Events

Junior Day of Guitar – February 19, 2020

BandFest, ChoralFest, OrchestraFest – March 24, 2020

High School Honor Band – May 2, 2020
(formerly All-Catholic Honor Band)

Chicagoland Marching Band Leadership Academy – July 2020 (details coming soon)

NEW! Athena-Chicago – August 2-6, 2020 (details coming soon)

Summer Strings Camp – CANCELED

Middle Level HonorFest – September 2020 (details coming soon)

Day of Guitar – November 2020 (details coming soon)

All information and registration materials will be available online only.

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For more information about these events, please contact Patrick Benson at 312.788.1139 or

Clinics at VanderCook


If you would like to schedule a special clinic for your students, VanderCook offers a number of options for visiting ensembles of all ages and ability levels. Visiting ensembles spend up to 90 minutes with one of our experienced faculty members. Clinics are available for bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz ensembles and other groups.

Click here for more details on clinics and booking.



VanderCook College of Music is an independent, not-for-profit, degree-granting institution,
fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Music. VanderCook’s teacher certification programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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