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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. Follow the links below for all our offerings.

Outreach Events at VanderCook

Justin_KvedarasWhite_BoxVanderCook 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. For more information about these events, contact Justin Kvedaras at (312) 788-1141 or at

Upcoming Events in 2017-2018

Clinics at VanderCook

White_BoxIf 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.
Book a clinic for 2017-2018 now!

For more details or information, please contact Stephanie Lopez at or (312) 788-1148.

7 Steps to a Better Band

*Event cancelled for 2017

Registration Deadline: Event cancelled for 2017

Participants: High school marching band students, directors, and parent organization members

Objective: 7 Steps is a leadership workshop where directors and students collectively set goals and prepare for the school year. 

Middle Level HonorFest

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Registration Deadline:  Friday, September 15, 2017

Participants: Advanced middle school band and choir students selected through director nomination

Objective: HonorFest is an opportunity for advanced middle school musicians to work with a clinician in a large ensemble. The HonorFest bands and choirs will rehearse during the morning and afternoon, and conclude with a performance in the early evening.

Day of Guitar

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 13, 2017

Participants: Guitar students of all levels

Objective: Day of Guitar is an opportunity for guitar students to work with skilled clinicians. Each group will be given the chance to perform and all participants will be a part of a large guitar orchestra.

All-Catholic Honor Band

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 29, 2017

Participants: Advanced Catholic high school band students selected through director nomination

Objective: This honor band gives high school students at Catholic high schools an opportunity to perform quality repertoire with students ranked at the highest performance level.

Day of Percussion

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 5, 2018

Participants: Percussionists of all levels may attend, and ensembles of any level may sign up to perform

Objective: Day of Percussion allows percussion students to experience a day of percussion clinics and performances. Performers get the opportunity to work with guest clinicians.

ChoralFest and BandFest

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

Participants: Middle school and high school choirs and bands

Objective: These festivals are non-competitive performance venues for school ensembles. In addition to extensive feedback, ensembles receive a clinic following their performance.

OrchestraFest and BandFest

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018

Participants: Middle school and high school orchestras and bands

Objective: These festivals are non-competitive performance venues for school ensembles. In addition to extensive feedback, ensembles receive a clinic following their performance.


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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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