Violist Bethany Pereboom believes that music is a powerful tool to connect people and is passionate about bringing her skill to her community as well as the concert hall.  As a strong proponent of raising a generation of young people who appreciate the healing power of the arts, she performs in and works individually with students in the Chicago Public School system through a mentorship program with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Negaunee Music Institute.  For four years, Bethany has worked closely with Peter Slowik, founder of Credo Music, to prepare young musicians for lives of music and service to others.  Through Credo, she has helped to present annual summer music festivals in Chicago, Boston, and Oberlin, Ohio, as well as facilitate national community engagement, including musical relief trips to hurricane-affected Texas and Puerto Rico in 2018.  Bethany has been inspired by her primary artist-teachers Peter Slowik, Michelle LaCourse, and Bradley Ottesen of the Fry Street Quartet, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Utah State University and a Master of Music from Boston University in viola performance.

Bethany is a devoted auntie, avid cyclist, and lives with her snuggly Shih Tzu, Wiggles.

Bethany Pereboom’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by Sue and Jim Colletti.