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Ms. Deborah Sobol

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Artistic Director

Phone: (312) ***-****  HQ Phone
Rush Hour Concerts
650 N. Dearborn Suite 500
Chicago , Illinois 60654
United States

Company Description: Founded in 2000 to create free public access to high-quality music, Rush Hour Concerts (RHC) is committed to advancing new ideas and ways of experiencing music in...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Founder and Creative Director
    Rush Hour Concerts
  • Principal
    Studio 1301
  • Highly Sought-After Music Educator and Arts Organization Consultant
    Studio 1301

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Smith College
  • pedagogy degree
    Royal College of Music
195 Total References
Web References
Board of Directors | Rush Hour Concerts
www.rushhour.org, 25 Oct 2015 [cached]
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2010 Episode 10 – Deborah Sobol in conversation with Third Coast Percussion | Rush Hour Concerts
www.rushhour.org, 25 Oct 2015 [cached]
Deborah Sobol, founder
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2010 Episode 10 - Deborah Sobol in conversation with Third Coast Percussion
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Members of the Chicago-based group Third Coast Percussion chat with Rush Hour Artistic Director Deborah Sobol about their upcoming performance of Paul Lansky's "Threads," their use of everyday items as musical instruments and the infinite possible sounds these items can create.
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(Pictured from left to right) Owen Clayton Condon, Peter Martin, Deborah Sobol and Robert Dillon.
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2010 Episode 10 - Deborah Sobol in conversation with Third Coast Percussion
J.S. Bach and Good Citizenship | Rush Hour Concerts
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Deborah Sobol, the founder of Rush Hour Concerts, was devoted to the music of J.S. Bach.
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Debbie had a deep appreciation for and love of all things Bach. She would often refer to him as "Mr.
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- Deborah Sobol, circa 2006 Founder and Creative Director, Rush Hour Concerts (1950 - 2014)
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www.studio-1301.com, 25 July 2011 [cached]
Deborah Sobol, Principal
Deborah Sobol's 40-year career in the arts world is comprised of distinctive elements in concert performance, arts advocacy and community building. In addition, she is a highly sought-after music educator and arts organization consultant.
Principal of Studio 1301, Ms. Sobol generates and implements ideas for new ways to bring the fulfilling experience of art into people's everyday lives. She heads a studio in Chicago serving all ages and backgrounds, where she is in demand for private piano instruction, chamber music coaching, career mentoring, masterclasses and seminars. She authors a wide range of educational materials and works with arts organizations to generate clear vision and strategy.
Ms. Sobol enjoys both a solo and chamber music career as a concert pianist, partnering in international venues with artists such as Larry Combs, Earl Wild, Nobuko Imai, Anner Bylsma, Gary Karr, Yang Wei, Mathieu Dufour, and Hila Plitmann.
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Ms. Sobol has also served as an adjudicator for the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
As a veteran community builder, Ms. Sobol has conceived numerous out-of-the-box programs and organizations to both create community through great music and to redefine the ways in which music has traditionally been presented in communities. She was the founding Artistic Co-Director of The Chicago Chamber Musicians in 1986, introducing to Chicago the then-unique concept of a mixed chamber ensemble of internationally recognized artists, sharing their gifts with a broad spectrum of citizens in Chicago. Under her tenure as Artistic Co-Director and Executive Director, she brought the new organization to a place of critical acclaim in Chicago among traditional concertgoers and new audiences alike. Her creative vision fostered the establishment of ten distinct programs of artistic nurture, educational and community in-reach, recording and touring. Ms. Sobol's leadership laid the groundwork for the national reputation the organization enjoys today, including Grammy nominations and nationally syndicated broadcasts on National Public Radio's Performance Today.
Ms. Sobol repeated her role as innovative creator in 2000, establishing the nationally recognized Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral, a free summer-long series of "great music for busy lives" in downtown Chicago.
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An educator and long-time advocate for improving arts education, Ms. Sobol joined the faculty of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2009, and has previously held faculty posts in piano and chamber music at the Longy School of Music and Northwestern University School of Music. She was the creator of the award-winning arts education program of The Chicago Chamber Musicians for the Chicago Public Schools.
Ms. Sobol is devoted to preparing students and young professionals for careers in music in the 21st century, working to develop students' artistic and entrepreneurial skills to fulfill the needs of the communities around them. She was the architect of The Chicago Chamber Musicians' Professional Development Fellowship Program for young professional ensembles, for which she continues to serve as career mentor. She is a sought-after lecturer on career development topics at colleges and universities and provides a series of intensive seminars to help students meet their professional development goals.
Ms. Sobol graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She received her Diplom in Klavier Konzertfach from the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, and her pedagogy degree at London's Royal College of Music.
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Ms. Sobol served on the board of The Chicago Chamber Musicians from 1986 - 2005. She has further worked in the community through strategic planning for the St. James Cathedral Youth Ministry Program, planning events and directing fundraising projects for Near North Montessori and Phillips Academy Andover, and through her marketing and public relations, event planning, and media production volunteer work for the Arthritis Foundation.
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Ms. Hutchison co-founded Studio 1301 with Deborah Sobol in 2008 and brings great skill as an editor, connector of concepts and strategy, and creative organizer.
Deborah Sobol | Rush Hour Concerts
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Remembering Deborah Sobol
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"It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the sudden and unexpected death of Deborah Sobol- concert pianist, visionary impressaria and founder of Rush Hour Concerts. Debbie's career started on stage when she was a young girl, blossomed in her adopted hometown of Chicago, and led to organization-building work that had her crossing paths with a whole generation of Chicago's emerging chamber musicians and ensembles.
The role of mentor came naturally to Debbie, and she gave freely of her boundless energy in teaching young artists how institutional strength can undergird the preservation and invigoration of the art form to which she devoted her life. One year on, the organization she founded to expand the reach of live music remains strong, and the young artists and music-lovers she mentored carry her lessons with them in diverse pursuits that contribute to the vitality of the cultural scene in Chicago and beyond.
Below you will find some reflections from a cross-section of the artists and professionals whose lives she touched."
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"I have been thinking about Debbie -­­ not only her inimitable and singular spirit, but how she loved collaboration and partnership in all their forms.
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"Debbie Sobol was the very first person to ever hire Third Coast Percussion for a concert - almost 10 years ago. Every moment we knew Debbie - from that first concert until her passing last year - she was a mentor for our ensemble.
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"Debbie was an early mentor for Spektral Quartet, not only giving us an opportunity to perform on Rush Hour's summer series, but encouraging us to "be bold raconteurs" in her words. She shepherded me through our first major general operations grant application, sitting down to go through my draft line by line. She sent me home to make the edits and then asked to see it again. That was Debbie - going above and beyond to educate and mentor new generations of artists."
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"Debbie's love for music was contagious, her dedication to her family and friends was immense, her charisma was unforgettable.
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"Debbie channeled her immense energy into all aspects of performance: she was a virtuoso pianist herself, but also understood the inside game of rallying a community of listeners to support great live music and ensure its accessibility to all.
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"I am so proud to have had Debbie as a friend, and as one of my greatest mentors.
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"Debbie was a singular mentor-and one to nearly everyone she met. Though she is one of the most profound influences in my life, I know that I am not alone in this distinction. She cared deeply for the personal and professional development of every young artist and staffer she met, and had an extraordinary eye for spotting talent and recognizing gifts. Debbie was nurturing, encouraging, and told the hard truth when you needed to hear it.
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Debbie Sobol, our Founder and Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts worked tirelessly to connect people individually and collectively through music.
Her sudden passing on Saturday, January 25th is a profound and immeasurable loss for all of us at Rush Hour, the arts community and for everyone she inspired with her transformational and creative energy.
Debbie believed that music belongs to everyone. Fourteen years ago, she envisioned a new day for classical music,presented in the Rush Hour Concerts format that removes barriers so anyone who wishes to gain access is able to do so.
She thought of music as the great equalizer.
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Deborah Sobol, the Founder, Artistic Director, and creative force behind Rush Hour Concerts. Debbie not only inspired all we do as an organization, she inspired us personally - our Board, our funders, our staff and our musicians - to advance and promote her intense passion for classical music and her indefatigable desire to have music touch and humanize people of all backgrounds. While we cannot imagine RHC without her, all of us who are involved with RHC are determined to continue on with Debbie's vision.
Her mission was to bring great music played by the world's most accomplished musicians to our ears and, ultimately, to our hearts, in live settings for free. Debbie understood that music is in many ways a contact sport. It is not enough to listen to music; humans have a need to touch the music they hear and only then may they be able to truly listen to it and be touched by it. And so our flagship summer concert series at St. James Cathedral is something well beyond a stuffy concert of chamber music. For 14 years Debbie encouraged the audience to get up close and personal with the musicians, and she found musicians who embraced engaging with their audience in every way. In 2011, Debbie took her mission to the streets of Chicago and launched the annual Make Music Chicago, a spontaneous musical combustion, which provides a platform for musicians of all stripes to let their inner humanity sing through whatever instrument they have no matter their skill, and provides a stage where professionals and amateurs can play music together. From the streets of Chicago Debbie also took us into some of its more under-served neighborhoods where she created community engagement residencies where children can work with master musicians to learn how to read and play music.
Debbie was beyond excited about this summer's concert series at St. James, which will mark our 15th anniversary of touching people through music. She started working on the 2014 season as soon as last summer's concert series ended. Most of what is in store for you this summer will have been curated by Debbie. What a treat it will be for all of us to have one last opportunity to again experience her brilliant artistry.
We remain confident that Debbie will touch us long after the 15th anniversary season's last notes are played at St. James in August. Just a few weeks ago, Debbie wrote these words about Mozart, one of her favorite composers:
"Words come to mind: child prodigy, wildly creative spirit, … not of his times, but rather, timeless in his humanity…Mozart's ability to capture human psychology in sound - a miracle!…Music grounds us in our humanity…You will find Mozart the Human in that company, and your life will be enriched."
We cannot think of a better way to describe Debbie. Through Debbie's wildly creative spirit, her timeless humanity, and her ability to capture human psychology through the musical programs she curated, Debbie grounded us in our humanity and enriched our lives.
Deborah Sobol and Brant Taylor
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Deborah Sobol and Third Coast Percussion
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Julie Hutchison and Deborah Sobol
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Deborah Sobol on the importance of free live music >
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January Listening Moment with Deborah Sobol >
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