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Ms. Deborah Sobol

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Artistic Director

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

Company Description: Rush Hour Concerts provides the broadest access to great live music throughout Chicago in ways relevant to contemporary lifestyles that also nourish aesthetic...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    The Solti Foundation U.S.


  • Smith College
  • pedagogy degree
    Royal College of Music
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Staff Biographies – Rush Hour Concerts, 21 Feb 2013 [cached]
Deborah Sobol, Creative Director
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.
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.
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, a free summer-long series of "great music for busy lives" in downtown Chicago.
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.
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.
Ms. Sobol currently serves on the board of The Solti Foundation U.S., and 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.
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.
Episode 10 - Deborah Sobol in conversation with Third Coast Percussion – Rush Hour Concerts, 21 Feb 2013 [cached]
Episode 10 - Deborah Sobol in conversation with Third Coast Percussion
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.
(Pictured from left to right) Owen Clayton Condon, Peter Martin, Deborah Sobol and Robert Dillon.
Poetry Foundation and Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral Present A Performance of Bach’s Two-Part Inventions with Poetry : The Poetry Foundation, 1 Mar 2010 [cached]
What: Bach's Two-Part Inventions paired with poetry, featuring pianist Deborah Sobol with prize-winning poets Dan Beachy-Quick, Reginald Gibbons, Christina Pugh, Emily Warn, and Anne Winters
Deborah Sobol is the founder and artistic director of Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral. She is also a founding member of The Chicago Chamber Musicians.
Ms. Sobol has performed in solo and duo recitals, concerto performances, and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. A much sought-after teacher of piano, she has been on the faculty of the Longy School of Music and the Northwestern University School of Music. Her publications have appeared in Clavier and London's Piano Journal.
Staff – Rush Hour Concerts, 21 Feb 2013 [cached]
Deborah Sobol Creative Director
Episode 2 - Deborah Sobol in conversation with members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum – Rush Hour Concerts, 21 Feb 2013 [cached]
Episode 2 - Deborah Sobol in conversation with members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum
(Pictured from Left to Right) Deborah Sobol, Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts; Claire Sherpo, Tour Manager; Rachel Carpentier, Student Conductor; Edward Dumoulin; Ellen Goldschmidt, Manager; and Sophie Scolnik-Brower.
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