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 serving 7 Chicagoland locations. The Community Engagement Department, founded in 2017 through Victor's hiring, focuses on community relationship building, diverse community arts programs that reflect the communities they serve, and empowering musicians to create change with their music.
Community engagement at MIC includes over 200 new Chicagoland community partner organizations, increased external program attendance, and Music as Service direct service learning programs for students of all ages. 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, the Les Paul Foundation, and the DuPage Community 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 and composer, Victor has received multiple honors for his music including finalist in the United States Air Force Golden Band of the West trombone audition, finalist of the Indiana University Concerto Competition, and Jazz Fellow selection at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Student groups under his direction have achieved top results including two trips to Indiana Class B Marching Band State Finals and Munster High School's first top rating at Indiana jazz competitions in over a decade.
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 jazz and classical music lessons at New Trier High School, Evanston Township High School, and the Music Institute of Chicago.