2023-2024 Season

Music to Heal People in Need

Civitas Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble with a mission to present live performances, inspire young musicians and bring the healing power of music to those with limited access. Join us for an unforgettable experience with world-class musicians, and don't miss out on our 2023-24 Season Finale!



Why We Do This

Our name, Civitas, means Community and Citizenship — this is the embodiment of what our Ensemble holds close to heart. We are passionate about our three-fold mission:

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Creative Excellence

Present engaging live performances of new and traditional works

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Healing & Teaching

Bring the healing power of music to those with limited access to live performances

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Promote Cultural Diversity

Inspire young classical musicians to serve their communities through music

Among Chicago’s finest and most adventurous chamber groups.

– Lawrence A. Johnson’s Critics Choice

from Chicago Classical Review

Performing at “an exceptionally high caliber” (Chicago Classical Reviews), Civitas Ensemble started in 2011 with four friends who shared the same visions and values of using their music to serve and impact the Chicago community through the transformative power of their art.


A recording presenting a spectrum of new instrumental works by living Chinese composers, each with a unique perspective on Western and Far Eastern musical sensibilities.

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This Season is Generously Supported By

Friends of Civitas

AMD Family Fund
Leslie Fund
Lutgart Calcote
Judy & Scott McCue Fund
Julian Family Foundation
Jonathan Becker
Leslie & John Burns
Lannan Foundation
Bonnie Fong & Rob Levin
Mary & Joseph Plauche
Yuan-Qing Yu
Isabel Chang
Louise K.Smith Foundation
Michael Lewis
Charles Chu
Andria van der Merwe
Shelley Ochab
Elizabeth Vandercook
Steve Childs
Studio Pax
Hanping Xiao