Lindsay Fredrickson, executive Director

Lindsay Fredrickson founded Chicago Arts and Music Project in November, 2017 with the dream of creating an El Sistema orchestra in Chicago. Lindsay currently works as a teaching artist with other nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing music education at no cost to Chicago Public Schools. Her passion for the El Sistema movement stems from her internship at ROCmusic in Rochester, NY, where she was introduced to the idea of teaching music to affect social change. Having navigated many challenges in her personal life, Lindsay knows the unique power of music to bring value and meaning to a person's life and looks forward to spending her career teaching it to children.

Lindsay Fredrickson holds degrees in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music (M.M.) and the DePaul School of Music (B.M.). She has been privileged to study with Ken Grant, Jon Manasse, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Wagner Campos, and Clarence Padilla. She grew up primarily in Des Moines, IA where she graduated high school from the nearby suburb of Johnston.

Lindsay Fredrickson spends the majority of her time with her dog Addison, watching Netflix, cooking, running, and cracking jokes with her friends.

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caitlin edwards, violin teaching artist

Caitlin Edwards began studying the violin at the age of eight, through the Music Opportunity Program, a non-profit organization in Birmingham Alabama. She has performed with Dove award winning Gospel artist Babbie Mason, Grammy nominated artists P.J. Morton, Lecrae, and also performed and recorded with Grammy award winning artist Israel Houghton and Darlene Zschech. Caitlin attended the University of Louisville where she studied with J. Patrick Rafferty. In 2015, she was the state winner of the Strings Division MTNA Young Artists Competition. In 2016, Caitlin won a Project Inclusion Fellowship with the Grant Park Music Festival and also won the Concerto Competition at the University of Louisville School of Music. In 2018, Caitlin performed with the Ritz Chamber Players as they received the Aspire Award from the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program. She also had the pleasure of performing as a soloist with the Chicago Solisti and placed as a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony. Caitlin is a graduate student at the DePaul University School of Music and is a fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Ensemble. Caitlin currently plays a Neapolitan violin, labeled “Joseph Gagliano Filius – fecit Neap. 1760” generously on loan from the Maestro Foundation.

Board of directors

Lindsay Fredrickson, President of the Board

Sumner Truax, Board Secretary

Joey Heimlich, Board Treasurer

Michael Lewanski

Jon Weber

Laura Adkins