Community Engagement

CSA provides arts education for students while cultivating enjoyment and appreciation for the arts in the community through outreach and special events.


At CSA, we encourage our students to enrich the lives of others by sharing their talents through concerts and events.


Suzuki Christmas Concert 2014

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Christmas Around the World

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

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


Chicago Museum Adventure

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

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!

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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.

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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 to book Vivaldi Strings for your next event!

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