Mentors make the difference.

Student Ensembles with Excellence and Diversity (SEED) provides mentoring for young musicians. The SEED Program identifies talented high school musicians and offers them a series of workshops and master classes taught by Chicago Sinfonietta teacher-musicians in small ensemble settings. The program concludes with a concert performed by the ensembles. The goal of this program is to both inspire and mentor these young artists, and encourage their professional growth for the future.

SEED Musician Mentors

Students in Chicago Sinfonietta's SEED program receive highly individualized instruction from professional musicians with a love for teaching and a dedication to instilling skills the talented young musicians in the program need to succeed, including technical skills, music history, and a love for the artform.

The connection between the young musicians in this program and our teacher-musicians is not a one-way street, however! See what our teacher-musicians are saying about this amazing program.

"Working with the students at in the SEED program is such a joy to me. Their energy, interest, and commitment to the music, the ensemble, and their own development is infectious!"

- Tina Laughlin

"I always look forward working with the students in SEED. They are so receptive to the challenge of playing chamber music. The great thing for me is how inspired about music I become from working with them!"

-Charles Schuchat