Help Support Free Music Education in Chicago with The People's Music School


Join us for our Annual PERFORMAPALOOZATHON!

Full day of performances and community music-making, led by Third Coast Percussion

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

North Park University - Hamming Hall 

The Background

The People's Music School delivers access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education to students who could otherwise not afford it. Through intensive instruction and performance (up to 12 hours per week per student), students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience and purpose. Today, The People’s Music School provides more than 100,000 total annual hours of intensive music education to 600 students between the ages of 5 and 18 from 45 zip codes across Chicago. Founded in 1976, The People’s Music School has educated an estimated 10,000 students in the past 40 years. 

Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy-winning, artist-run quartet of classically trained percussionist hailing from the great city of Chicago. For over ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The four members of Third Coast are also accomplished teachers, and since 2012, have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. We are proud to welcome Third Coast back to Performapaloozathon this year to lead us in community music making sessions throughout the day! 

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What Is Performapaloozathon? 

Making music #together
This full day of performances brings together TPMS’s 600 students and their families to share their music, share their stories – and, of course, share the stage. With the help of Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion, you will also have the chance to join in the music making for an unforgettable community building experience.


Celebrating our community #nowmorethanever

Our families reflect the beautiful diversity of our great city: 45 zip codes, 20 languages, 4 program sites. Join us, reach out to learn about different realities and how music bridges communities and changes lives. 


Supporting our students #everydollarcounts

Twice a year, our students advocate on our behalf to their friends and family. This year for Performapaloozathon they have pledged to raise $30,000.




Event Details

Enjoy performances all day long by The Peoples Music School's 600+ students, as well as faculty and guest artist Third Coast Percussion

Kick-off: 10 a.m. 

Performance Block 1 (10am-12pm) - Performances by the TPMS Contemporary Ensemble, Teen Choir, Greater South Side Band, and more! 

Performance Block 2 (12pm-2pm) - Back of the Yards and Albany Park Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, SLAM Chamber Orchestra, and more! 

Performance Block 3 (2pm-4pm) - All TPMS Youth Orchestras, String Chamber Ensembles, Guitar Ensemble and Flute Ensemble! 

During ALL performance blocks: Community Music-Making, Senior Scholarship Awards, Remarks from TPMS students and leadership. Please plan to join us when you can! 

Outdoor Activities (all day): Taco truck, parent-run "Chord"-venience Store, Games & Prizes, Kids' Activity Tent, Community Tent, and Open Mic Stage! 

North Park University, Hamming Hall - 3225 W. Foster, Chicago, IL 


Show your support!

Students & families gather donations in support of their performances to support their year-long music learning. Let's show them the community is cheering on another year of hard work, too, and match their fundraising efforts! Your 100% tax deductible donation will support our FREE music education programs. 

Their goal is $30,000 - will you help us match that amount and double their results to reach $60,000? Join us to make this happen for Chicago's most deserving kids! 

Matching Opportunities



$2,500 – Match the fundraising efforts of a teaching artist’s studio

Dominique embodies the values of TPMS. As a long-time faculty member, he has forged relationships with hundreds of young students. Parents know he is someone who can get through to their children, and many students till turn to him for guidance even after they’ve graduated from the program. 

$2,500 will match the fundraising goal of Dominique’s entire percussion studio. --> donate now



$1,000 – Match the good work of an ensemble

Julia is one of our many dedicated SLAM students who have excelled despite limited resources and difficult circumstances. Through intensive chamber music studies, SLAM fosters teamwork and leadership skills. Students like Julia credit SLAM with their ongoing success, which this summer will take Julia all the way to Carnegie Hall to participate in NYO2. 

With $1,000, match the fundraising of one of our fine ensembles like SLAM. --> donate now



$500 – Match the fundraising goal for a group lesson class

After moving through different foster homes, Adam was diagnosed with PTSS. He struggled to handle his anger and pain, but his parents noticed a shift immediately after starting him at TPMS. Music gave Adam a positive outlet for the stress and taught him to control his outbursts. The difference in his character was undeniable. 

$500 will match the fundraising by one class of beginner musicians, like Adam. --> donate now



$200 – Match the money raised by one family

Nicole and Sarah are dedicated students, and a joy to work with. Their father is being deported and the girls are scared. Music helps them feel safe. The community at TPMS provides mentors they can trust and an escape from their fears. 

$200 will match the money these two girls raise for TPMS --> donate now



$100 – Match one student’s fundraising

A dedicated harpist, K. comes early and stays late to practice on the harp at TPMS. Now in her second year, she has taken matters into her hands by selling baked goods so she purchase and practice at home on her very own harp. Help support students like K., who understand that practice makes perfect!  

$100 will match the fundraising of one hard-working student --> donate now 



More info 

For more information and corporate sponsorship opportunities, 

please contact Renee Davis, Director of Development at renee.davis(@)peoplesmusicschool.org. 

Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact Melanie Gold for details: melanie.gold(@)peoplesmusicschool.org

(Parent & family volunteers, please sign up with your site's Sign Up Genius!)