Bienen Student Community Engagement Program

Bring your music to the community with our Bienen Student Community Engagement Program.

Mission Statement

In partnership with the Student Advisory Board (SAB), the Community Engagement Program aims to provide community networking, performance, and teaching outlets beyond campus for eligible students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


Get involved! Current opportunities include

Music Learning Community (MLC) (

This ASG-sponsored program facilitates music outreach programs and opportunities for music majors and nonmusic majors. Faculty or students who want more information may contact Ross Caton at"


Chamber Music Program

Perform with your chamber group or as a soloist — it’s great practice for an upcoming recital! Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Sites include the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 after-school program, the Mather Pavilion, the People’s Music School, and more.
Contact Lauren Latessa,


Are you a music education or performance major who wants more teaching experience? Become a teacher for UpBeat! We give vocal and instrumental lessons every Saturday morning/afternoon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1928 Darrow Avenue, Evanston (within walking distance of campus). 
Contact Andrew Ho, UpBeat coordinator,

YOURS Project

This after-school orchestra program is based on the El Sistema Venezuelan approach to music education. We give lessons Monday–Friday, 2:50–4:50 p.m., at Hibbard Elementary School, 3244 West Ainslie Street, Albany Park, Chicago. It’s only a 20-minute drive from campus and easy to get to via public transportation.
Contact Julie Davis, YOURS teacher,

Student Advisory Board (SAB) Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee assists the SAB Outreach Chair with various projects throughout the year, including the Civically Engaged Young Bienen Alumni Panel, Chamber Music Program, Movie Music Concert, and more.
Contact Caitlyn Walsh, SAB Outreach Chair,

Movie Music Concert

The Movie Music Concert is SAB’s main outreach project of the year. Get involved! We need musicians to play in the orchestra as well as committee members to help plan and produce the event. The two concert dates are

  • Saturday, April 16 (morning concert and Community Outreach Day)
  • Thursday, April 21 (evening concert for the Northwestern community)

Contact Caitlyn Walsh, SAB Outreach Chair,

People’s Music School Internship 

New this year! The People’s Music School is a nonprofit organization that provides free music lessons for low-income children. Internships are available in arts administration and music teaching/performance.
Contact Caitlyn Walsh,

Questions? Suggestions? Want to get involved but don’t know where to start?

Contact Caitlyn Walsh (BM11), Civic Engagement Fellow for Music and Arts,