Community Engagement

CSA provides music lessons and art classes while cultivating enjoyment and appreciation for the arts in the local Wheaton and Glen Ellyn communities through outreach and special music and art events.

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2015-16 Performance Highlights

Jazz/Pop Festival

OCTOBER 25, 2015
3 & 5 pm McAlister 136

Preparatory piano students perform in a jazz trio accompanied by Wheaton College students. This unique event highlights blues, jazz, pop, rock and contemporary Christian music.

Art & Music Experience

NOVEMBER 8, 2015
1-4 pm, Pierce Chapel 

This annual community event offers an enriching afternoon for families focused on the arts. An interactive concert presented by CSA faculty and students is followed by an instrument petting zoo along with special Early Childhood Music and Visual Art activities.

Strings Christmas Concert

DECEMBER 12, 2015
10am, Edman Chapel

More than 250 CSA Suzuki students perform familiar Christmas carols and holiday favorites on the violin, viola, cello, guitar, and harp. Audience participation is encouraged.

Piano Monster Concert

MARCH 12, 2016
4:30 & 7 pm, Pierce Chapel

Over 125 CSA piano students experience the excitement of teamwork on six grand pianos as they perform many styles of music in ensembles of 6 -12 students. The event provides a unique opportunity for pianists to play with other musicians in a large ensemble, under the direction of a Conservatory conductor.

All-String Festival

APRIL 23, 2016
9:30 am, Edman Chapel

Showcasing 250 Suzuki String students of all ages, this festival highlights violin, viola and cello skills and techniques in a final performance. 

Suzuki Concerto Concert

MAY 13, 2016
7:15 pm, Pierce Chapel

A concert featuring concerto performances by advanced violin, viola, cello and piano students.


2015-16 Performing Ensembles

Con Fuoco  

Con Fuoco is an auditioned intermediate chamber ensemble featuring 15 violin and viola students. The group performs both classical and popular selections from around the world, under the direction of CSA faculty member, Sarah Lindquist.

Email csa@wheaton.edu for booking inquiries.

Vivaldi Strings

Vivaldi Strings, an auditioned ensemble of 30 advanced strings students, directed by CSA faculty member Julie Bickel, performs regularly at Paramount Theater in Aurora, DuPage County Historical Museum, Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk, and other local venues. Recent international tours have taken the group to Matsumoto, Japan and Beijing, China. 

Email vivaldistrings@csa.wheaton.edu for booking inquiries.

Chamber Ensembles 

Intermediate and advanced CSA students enrolled in private lessons enhance their music study by performing in duos, trios and quartets for community venues and campus performances. 

Email csa@wheaton.edu for booking inquiries.

2015-16 Community Outreach

Community Service Day

Over 100 Suzuki violin, viola and cello students perform annually at ten area retirement centers. These concerts lift the spirits of residents through music and provide an opportunity for CSA students to give back to the community.

Artists Serving Others

This October 2015 event will provide hands-on opportunities for groups of CSA students and families to serve the local community. CSA Strings Coordinator, Emily Puntuzs is providing oversight, and a parent committee, chaired by Advisory Board member and CSA parent, Dee Netzel, is organizing the event.


2014-15 



Timothy R. Botts Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphic Artist Timothy R. Botts, Messiah exhibit, Righteousness

Meet Master Artist Timothy R. Botts as he leads a one day calligraphy workshop. This collaborative art installation will take place on the campus of Wheaton College. Registered attendees (grades 9-Adult) will have the opportunity to work alongside Mr. Botts while contributing to a large Calligraphy installation illustrating the text of Handel’s Messiah. 

On the Wall
JANUARY 24, 2015 
9am–2pm | Gr 9–Adult | $50
Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College campus
500 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL

Limited to 25 participants. Download a registration form here. 
Registration due 1/19.

Participants will take a lunch break and should plan on bringing a brown bag lunch or money to purchase lunch at Anderson Commons.

Younger participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to the installation during Staycation over Spring Break. 

Visit the Billy Graham Center Museum to be inspired by Timothy R. Botts’ newest exhibit, Messiah: Word Pictures now through April 12, 2015.



Timothy R Botts Calligraphy Workshop Spring 2015

Suzuki Christmas Concert 2014

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Christmas Around the World

Saturday, December 13, 10am
Edman Chapel, Wheaton College
FREE

The Community School of the Arts presents Christmas Around the World at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 13. More than 300 CSA Suzuki and Early Childhood Music students ages three through high school perform familiar Christmas carols and holiday favorites from around the world on the violin, viola, cello, guitar, and harp. Audience participation is encouraged!

Free and open to the public, this event takes place in Edman Memorial Chapel, located on the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets on Wheaton's campus. 

Art & Music Experience 2014 

This free family-friendly event offers a fun and enriching afternoon exploring the arts. Enjoy an engaging and interactive concert presented by CSA faculty and students; try out an instrument and create your own piece of art to take home! ‚Äč

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Chicago Museum Adventure

Sunday, November 2, 2:30pm
Pierce Chapel, Wheaton College
FREE

Explore the sights and sounds of Chicago Museums at our family-friendly art and music event featuring CSA faculty and students. Continue your adventure by trying an instrument, creating a piece of art or engaging in a special early childhood activity!


Last year's event:

Community School of the ArtsIn 2013, CSA presented "Passport to the World" 

Grab your passport and join the CSA faculty on a musical journey around the world! Experience various genres of music and art in this family-friendly concert. Then, explore the world of CSA—meet our faculty, create an aboriginal gecko and participate in an ethnic dance. 


Arts for Others

 

Community School of the ArtsView a video about Arts for Others and KDS >>

Arts for Others (formerly known as the Music-a-thon) is an all-CSA event through which we use our musical and artistic gifts to serve other students all over the world. 

The money raised in 2013 benefitted the students at Kinyago-Dandora School in Nairobi, Kenya. Dandora is one of the poorest areas of Nairobi. The homes there are literally built on the city dump. Much of the population makes a living by picking through trash. Many children there suffer from disease and starvation. There are not enough schools in Kenya, and government schools are overcrowded. Sometimes there are as many as 100 students per teacher!

KDS has 604 children enrolled in grades preschool-8. It is one of the top academic schools in the district, and its students often win local music and sports competitions. The school also provides healthcare and spiritual health programs to the community.

CSA teacher, Kathy Cathey, travels to the school every few years to teach music.

As part of this event, CSA Suzuki Strings students participate in a Play-a-thon and bake sale in Pierce Chapel. 

Visual Art Exhibits

CSA visual art students have the opportunity to exhibit their work.  Past shows have hung at the Wheaton Public Library, Caribou Coffee, Wheaton College Adams Hall Gallery and at major CSA events.

Community Service Day

200 Suzuki string students perform annually at ten area retirement centers. These concerts lift the spirits of residents through music and provide an opportunity for CSA students to give back to the community.

Performing Ensembles

Con Fuoco 
Con Fuoco is a performing chamber ensemble featuring violin and viola students from upper elementary school through high school. Con Fuoco has many community performances, playing both classical and popular selections from around the world, under the direction of CSA faculty member Sarah Lindquist. Participation by audition.

Past performances include:  College of DuPage Nutcracker ballet, DuPage Children's Museum, Wheaton French Market,  Teen Arts Festival, College Church, Wheaton, Make a Difference Day, Danada.

Email csa@wheaton.edu for booking inquiries.

Vivaldi Strings
Vivaldi Strings is an auditioned group of advanced strings students directed by CSA faculty member Julie Bickel. Vivaldi Strings provides a wide variety of performance opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Recent tours have taken the group to Italy, Puerto Rico, France, New York City and Beijing, China.

Past performances include:  Paramount Theater, DuPage County Historical Museum, Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk, Wheaton Public Library, Glen Ellyn Public Library, Yorktown Farmer's Market, Wheaton College Artist Series.

Email vivaldistrings@wheaton.edu to book Vivaldi Strings for your next event!

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