Victor Ribadeneyra (He/Him/His)
Director of Community Engagement | Music Institute of Chicago
Victor Ribadeneyra serves as Director of Community Engagement for the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), a nonprofit music school with locations in Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Downers Grove. The Community Engagement Department, created in 2017 through Victor's hiring, focuses on community relationship building, diverse community arts programs that reflect the communities they serve, and empowering MIC music students and faculty to create change through their music.
Community engagement at MIC now includes over 200 new Chicagoland community partner organizations, increased external program attendance, and MIC's new Music as Service direct service learning programs. Community engagement programs under Victor's direction achieve consistent funding from individual donors and foundations including the RRF Foundation for Aging, Highland Park Community Foundation, Evanston Arts Council, Y.O.U. Highland Park, and the DuPage Foundation.
Prior to the Music Institute of Chicago, Victor served as the Orchestra & Chamber Music Program Coordinator with Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Production Assistant with the Ravinia Festival, and K-12 Band Director & General Music Teacher with the School Town of Munster.
As a musician, Victor has received multiple honors for his music as a Jazz Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, finalist in the United States Air Force Golden Band of the West trombone audition, and finalist in the Indiana University Concerto Competition. Student groups under his direction have achieved successful results at Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) events including two trips to Class B Marching Band State Finals, top ratings in middle school and high school concert band competitions, and top ratings in high school jazz band competitions.
In his free time, Victor volunteers as a Cat Care Shift Leader with Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), a volunteer led animal shelter in Skokie, Illinois. He also teaches private music lessons at New Trier High School, Evanston Township High School, and the Music Institute of Chicago as well as substitute teaching group music classes with the Music Institute of Chicago. Victor originally hails from Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree with a Minor in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.