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. 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 her own personal challenges, 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.


Ana Marroquin, violin teaching artist

Ana Marroquin began her music journey at age 8, playing violin in her elementary school orchestra in Melrose Park, IL.  She went on to college at Concordia University-Chicago, getting her bachelor's degree in Music Education. 

During her time in college, Ana realized that her teaching philosophy was very similar to the El Sistema ideals and philosophy.  She believes that musical excellence can be used as a vehicle for social change.  Ana wants to help her students overcome adversity by teaching teamwork, perseverance, and confidence through music.

Ana began her work for an El Sistema-inspired program in 2011 as one of the founding instructors for Sistema Ravinia, located in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.  She is currently the assistant conductor and lead teacher, focusing on the string orchestra.  She also works as a violin instructor for the Ravinia Lawndale Family Music School, located in the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago.

When Ana is not teaching music, you can find her playing violin and viola for different events, singing soprano in various community choirs, learning to play new musical instruments, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her cat, Lady Katherine (a.k.a. Kitty).

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Melody Fevrier, violin teaching artist

Melody Fevrier was born in Castries, St. Lucia on March 5th, 1998. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School in June, 2015 and is currently a student at Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts. Melody is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and minoring in Violin.  She is expected to graduate in May 2021.

Melody is passionate about impacting social change through the arts. She traveled to Venezuela in 2013 and again in 2016 to participate in an El Sistema music program which aims “to provide classical music education for impoverished children”. After spending some time in the program, Melody returned to St. Lucia where she worked with the St. Lucia School of Music as a violin teacher. Her love for the arts continued to grow as she continued teaching and performing for a variety of events in St. Lucia.

In 2017, before starting her undergraduate program at Roosevelt University, Melody interned at an intentional Christian community called Jesus People USA. It was there that her love for community life and serving the oppressed and marginalized was birthed. Whilst there, Melody also volunteered with the People’s Music School, which provides free music education to children in the Chicago area. Melody wishes to develop a way, for the Caribbean and other parts of the world, to combine the fulfilling aspects of community life and music education. She advocates for social justice and a sense of care and love manifested from the time that we spend with others, supporting and serving one another.

Melody hopes to gain her Graduate degree in Ethnomusicology and her masters in Music Therapy. She also enjoys writing poetry, dancing, riding her bike and playing volleyball. 


ruben lopez, violin teaching artist

Ruben began his career in Music at the age of 7 in his hometown Barquisimeto, Venezuela. During his first years, his musical journey was mostly within EL SISTEMA, where he grew up playing violin in different orchestras, taking private lessons in the Latin American Violin Academy and at the same time, teaching in different music schools ( nucleos ) throughout the country. After completing his bachelor in music education Ruben won an audition and became a member of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela. With the orchestra, he played under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Diego Matheuz, Rafael Payare, Daniel Barenboim, Hannu Lintu, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. Ruben also toured with the orchestra and played in the world-renown music festivals and venues of the world like Chicago Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Philharmonie of Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Salzburg Music Festival. Ruben was also a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas where he played under the baton of Placido Domingo.

Ruben loves to spend time with family and friends, likes to listen to soundtracks of movies and read about new technologies.


Mika allison, private instructor

Oboist Mika Allison is a Chicago-based performer and educator. Mika holds the 2nd oboe position with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra and has performed throughout the United States with ensembles such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Texas Bach Festival, South Shore Opera of Chicago, and Regali Winds. She is a founding member of 5th Wave Collective, an organization dedicated to the performance and promotion of female composers. Devoted to arts education, Mika teaches with Sistema Ravinia, People’s Music School, Chicago Arts and Music Project, and maintains a private teaching studio in Chicagoland. Hailing from Texas, Mika completed an undergraduate degree at Texas State University studying with Dr. Ian Davidson. She completed a Master’s Degree in Oboe Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Post-Master’s Performance Certificate at DePaul University studying with John Dee, Grace Hong, and Alex Klein.

Board of directors

Lindsay Fredrickson, President of the Board

Sumner Truax, Board Secretary

Joey Heimlich, Board Treasurer

Tara De Jesus-Dargan

Michael Lewanski

Jon Weber

Juan Horie

Laura Adkins