Our Mission Listen Learn & Participate
Our ObjectivesSponsor and produce a series of concerts, dances, and workshops throughout the year.
Generate income to support our mission through a variety of methods, typically through ticket sales, grants, memberships, and donations.
Engage in partnerships at every opportunity, e.g., joint ventures with local entities.
Act as a musical arts consultant and a link between musical performers and educators and those seeking contact with them.
Use the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (ACA) as the primary venue for NSMA concerts.
Use volunteers effectively in the promotion and production of NSMA activities.
Our LegacyFor over 30 years, the NMSA has hosted live concerts, community dances, and educational programming for young and old. NSMA has hosted hundreds of musical artists—from local and regional virtuosos to internationally renowned and beloved icons. Just a few artist highlights from the past few years include:
Folk Peter Yarrow, Ann Reed, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Dom Flemons
Blues Guy Davis, Shemekia Copeland, Ruthie Foster, Annie Mack, Kelley Hunt
Country/Bluegrass GM Ole Opry, Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Rosie Flores, The Roe Family Singers, Monroe Crossing
Guitar Adrian Legg, Phil Heywood, Leo Kottke, Ray Bonneville, Sam Miltich
Classical Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, The Parker Quartet, Minetti Quartett (Vienna), Andreas Klein
World Music Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, McInnis' Kitchen, Siama Matuzungidi, Samite
What Makes Us UniqueNSMA offers high-quality musical performances at comfortable, accessible venues where listeners are immersed in the experience without distractions. Our audience members tell us the connection they feel with artists onstage is both sensory and emotional—a joining of hearts and minds in joy, shared sorrow, and uplift that great music by generous souls can offer.
We provide a wide array of musical genres from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds each season, to broaden our community’s awareness and sense of belonging within the global community.
NSMA is Cook County’s principal provider of educational music outreach for all ages. Each season we offer interactive programs and workshops tailored to meet the needs of child and adult learners. Whether it’s jamming and instrumental workshops at our annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend, a classical guitar master class for adults, a “garage band” mentorship for youth, all-age Flamenco, Celtic, and West-African music and dance workshops, or a “junk jam” school percussion residency that teaches teamwork and self-esteem—our aim is to engage individuals and to enrich our community through unique opportunities for personal, cultural, and artistic growth.
7pm Sone de México Ensemble: "Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico”
NSMA hosts a 60-minute English-language lecture/demo with the theme "Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico,” featuring a slide show, videos, and a lecture by two-time GRAMMY-Award-Nominated ethnomusicologist Juan Díes and members of the Sones de México Ensemble. This virtual event, live-streamed via Zoom, is free and open to the general public. It is sponsored in part by a grant to Sones de México by the National Endowment for the Arts. To access the program on December 10 at 7 pm, please visit https://sones.fun/geo.