Chicago College of Performing Arts @ Roosevelt University

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.)
Master of Music (M.M.)
Performance Diploma (PED)

More information on degrees, here.

About the Chicago College of Performing Arts:

The Chicago College of Performing Arts is a world-class performing arts college that offers gifted students professional training at its prestigious Music Conservatory and Theatre Conservatory. Honoring its roots as one of the earliest conservatories founded in the United States, nearly 500 students – from more than 40 states and 25 countries – come together to form this unique community devoted to excellence in the performing arts.

The Music Conservatory faculty includes more than 25 members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestras, Metropolitan and Lyric Opera stars, Grammy award-winning jazz artists, and other internationally-recognized professionals. Our teacher-artists provide their students with one-on-one instruction, technical expertise, and an inspiring love of music.

The students of CCPA study in the midst of Chicago’s invigorating arts scene, and acquire additional experience through internships with nationally-known music companies. They watch world-renowned conductors lead the Chicago Symphony, enjoy outdoor performances at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, witness premieres of new works in Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene, and see American legends performing at the famous Jazz Showcase. Studying in the heart of one of the nation’s greatest cities gives our students a leg up on creating a strong network of professional contacts and a head start on the career they envision.

Chicago Saxophone Institute


The Chicago Saxophone Institute at the Chicago College of Performing Arts is designed to give advanced high school through collegiate saxophonists a week to submerge themselves in the world of classical saxophone.

This program provides students with an inviting yet challenging environment where they will learn classical performance techniques led by Dr. J. Michael Weiss-Holmes, Artist-Teacher of Saxophone at CCPA. Students in the Chicago Saxophone Institute will participate in many performance and learning experiences including private lessons, masterclasses/seminars, saxophone quartet, saxophone choir, and a daily jazz clinic designed specifically for classical performers.


Chicago Saxophone Day


The Chicago Saxophone Day at the Chicago College of Performing Arts is a day of clinics, master classes, and performances in downtown Chicago for classical and jazz saxophonists.

Co-Hosted by saxophonists J. Michael Weiss-Holmes (CCPA Head of Woodwinds and Artist-Faculty) and Taimur Sullivan (Associate Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University) with Featured Guest Artist Kenneth Tse and accompanist Casey Dierlam. Guest clinicians to be announced shortly!

Cost of attendance: $30 — online payment and registration required prior to event. Registration link will be available in mid-October, but you may RSVP now to ssalerno@roosevelt.edu

Questions? Contact Stephanie Salerno at ssalerno@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-3795.


Lectures and Masterclasses

Choosing the “RIGHT” College – panel discussion

  • Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference (2013)

The Importance of Equipment; making an informed decision

  • Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference (2013)
  • Conn-Selmer Institute (2010)
  • University of North Texas (2010)
  • Bowling Green State University (2009)
  • University of Florida (2008)
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (2008)
  • University of North Florida (2008)

The Role of the Mouthpiece, Reed and Ligature

  • Ohio Music Education Association Conference (2009)
  • Drake University (2008)
  • Simpson College (2008)
  • University of Iowa (2008)
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (2008)
  • Bowling Green State University (2008)
  • Northwestern University (2008)
  • University of Seattle (2007)
  • State University of New York – Potsdam (2007)
  • Indiana State University (2006)

Performance Practice of 20th Century Music for Saxophone

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2009)
  • Millikin University (2004)
  • Taipei National University (2004)

History of the Saxophone

  • Millikin University (2004)
  • Taipei National University (2004)


  • North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference (2016)
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2012)
  • University of Missouri at St. Louis (2010)
  • University of South Carolina (2010)
  • Lawrence Conservatory of Music (2009)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2009)
  • Simpson College (2008)
  • University of North Florida (2008)
  • Taipei National University (2004)
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