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Special & Upcoming Events

Alumni, parents and friends of the college are encouraged to join us for any of these events!


Boston Brass Master Class & Performance at VanderCook
 - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Join us for a very special event and performance by the world-renowned Boston Brass. On October 26, VanderCook will launch the second phase of our historic capital campaign, Inspire. Build. Sustain. 2.0: Meet the Challenge. Come learn about our exciting plans to complete the renovation of an original Mies van der Rohe building into a vibrant performance space and learning center.

This event inaugurates the George A. Quinlan Sr. Concert Series with a very special performance by Yamaha performing artists Boston Brass. A Q&A with Brass members Sam Pilafian and co-founder Jeff Conner will precede the concert, and a reception will follow immediately afterwards. The quintet’s appearance is sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America. 


The Midwest Clinic - Annual VanderCook
 Symphonic Band Performance – 
Friday, December 22, 2017

For over 60 years, the VanderCook Symphonic Band has been the only ensemble to perform at every Midwest Clinic. The concert is held at McCormick Place. For more information, contact Cindy Tovar, assistant to the president, at 312.788.1122 or

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K - Sunday, March 25, 2018

VanderCook is an Affiliate Charity of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K.  Team VanderCook will run for the college and the future of music education.  If you would like to run for VanderCook or support the team, please contact the Development Office at 312.788.1131 or


15th Annual A Night at the Pops Benefit Concert - Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Night at the Pops is the premiere fundraiser for VanderCook's Great Teachers Scholarship Fund.  This annual event features performances by VanderCook students and faculty, hors d'oevres, drinks, desserts and a live silent auction.  For more information, contact the Development Office at 312.788.1131 or


Undergraduate Commencement - Friday, May 11, 2018

We invite alumni, firends and family to celebrate the commencement ceremonies of the Class of 2018.  Candidates are awarded Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music (pre-certification) degrees.


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