Deborah Sobol, Creative Director
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.
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.
creative vision fostered the establishment of ten distinct programs of artistic nurture, educational and community in-reach, recording and touring.
leadership laid the groundwork for the national reputation the organization enjoys today, including Grammy nominations and nationally syndicated broadcasts on National Public Radio's
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.
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.
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.
was the creator of the award-winning arts education program of The Chicago Chamber Musicians for the Chicago Public Schools
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.
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.