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.

VIRTUAL Chicago Saxophone Institute

June 21-25, 2021 (ONLINE)

Chicago Saxophone Institute is a five day virtual intensive for classical and jazz saxophonists (high school and college-aged).

Chicago Saxophone Institute is a virtual intensive for classical and jazz saxophonists led by Dr. Michael Weiss-Holmes and supported with an incredible array of master teachers and guest clinicians!! Join us for the Virtual Chicago Saxophone Institute and energize your summer! 

HOST: J. Michael Weiss-Holmes
COST: $200
LESSONS: $75 per hour (additional cost)


  • Carrie Koffman – Associate Professor of Saxophone at The Hartt School of Music and Lecturer of Saxophone at the Yale School of Music.
  • Eddie Goodman – Assistant Professor of Saxophone at The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
  • Robert Young – Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Christopher Creviston – Professor of Saxophone at Arizona State University
  • J. Michael Weiss-Holmes – Artist Teacher of Saxophone and Head of Woodwinds at the Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • Tim McAllister – Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan


  • Carrie Koffman
  • Don-Paul Kahl
  • Sal Lozano


VIRTUAL Chicago Saxophone Day

March 7, 2021 (ONLINE)

Guest Artists: Dr. Otis Murphy

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 Dr. Otis Murphy from Indiana University

Cost of attendance: $20 — 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.


Thrive360 for Saxophonists

It’s not a festival and it’s not a course. It’s a whole different thing altogether…

Thrive is a monthly membership that supplements your current education by teaching you all the stuff we rarely have the time to cover in lessons and school.

2021 Guest Artists:

  • January: Zach Shemon
  • February: Jan Berry Baker
  • March: Timothy McAllister
  • April: Otis Murphy

We will be presenting premiere saxophone pedagogies as well as expert coaches, teachers, leaders and speakers through the Thrive360 program who will share their wisdom and expertise.


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)

Thrive360 for Saxophonists

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