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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CSA Ensembles to Perform at Cantigny's Celebrate the Season Festival

Community School of the Arts will present classical and holiday music at Cantigny's Celebrate the Season Festival on December 3, 4 - 7 pm. Suzuki String students ages preschool through high school from Con Fuoco, cello, viola and chamber ensembles will perform at the McCormick Mansion. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and an assortment of activities and offerings are planned. For more information, visit http://www.cantigny.org/calendar/signature-events/celebrate-the-season

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Suzuki Strings Christmas Concert

December 10, 2016 | 10 am
Edman Chapel | Wheaton College
FREE

Over 300 Suzuki students ages three through high school perform selections from Handel’s Messiah, Christmas carols and holiday favorites in this annual family-friendly Christmas concert. The concert will also feature calligraphy artwork by Timothy R. Botts from his book "Messiah".

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Vivaldi Strings Benefit Concert

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. Vivaldi Strings will tour Scotland in Summer 2016. 


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Quinta Essentia

Experience the main Brazilian recorder ensemble, and one of the most important chamber music groups of the present time. Its unusual formation of four musicians but only one instrument inspires new works and encourages new audiences in different countries.They will perform at Pierce Chapel on Saturday, May 21st at 7PM. There is no admission charge.

concerto concert community school of the arts wheaton mayConcerto Concert

On Friday, May 13th at 7:15 pm in Pierce Chapel Auditorium, the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College Suzuki program will present its 31st annual Concerto Concert. Advanced violin, viola, cello and piano students will perform concerto movements by Beethoven, Hindemith, Schuman, Saint Saëns, Levitin, Bach, and Haydn. A string ensemble will be playing the Mendelssohn Octet as well. This concert is always very inspiring. All are welcome to this FREE concert.  


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Suzuki Strings All-String Festival

CSA presents the Suzuki All-Strings Festival at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23. This festival showcases the School's Suzuki students' skill and technique in their final presentation of the year. 

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2016 Piano Monster Concert

A unique performing experience for students! CSA's family friendly Piano Monster Concert features 135 CSA piano students grades K-high school performing piano duets and quartets in ensemble on six grand pianos. Dr. Timothy Yontz, Wheaton Conservatory Professor, will be the guest conductor. "We have chosen repertoire for this concert that will be as much fun for the audience to hear as it is for the pianists to play," says Noretta Singley, Suzuki Piano Coordinator and Monster Concert Chairperson. "The music is colorful and high-energy, with a patriotic element."

CSA's Piano Monster Concert will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 4:30 & 7 pm in Pierce Chapel on the Wheaton College campus. Tickets are $7, ages 4 & under are free.

Click here to view photos from CSA's 2011 Piano Monster Concert.

CSA Ensembles to Perform at Cantigny's Celebrate the Season Festival

Community School of the Arts will present classical and holiday music at Cantigny's Celebrate the Season Festival on December 5, 4 - 7 pm. Suzuki String students ages preschool through high school from Con Fuoco, cello, viola and chamber ensembles will perform at the First Division Museum. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and an assortment of activities and offerings are planned. For more information, visit cantigny.org.


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"Christmas Through the Ages"
Suzuki Strings Christmas Concert

DECEMBER 12, 2015
10am, Edman Chapel
FREE

More than 300 CSA Suzuki violin, viola, cello, guitar and harp students ages three through high school will perform familiar Christmas carols and holiday favorites from the 1400s through the 1960s. This musical experience offers families the opportunity to enrich their lives through exposure to a live musical performance. Christmas through the Ages makes a great musical start to the holiday season. 

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Art & Music Experience 2015: "A Day in the Country"

NOVEMBER 8, 2015
3 PM - 4:30 PM
Pierce Chapel, Wheaton College
FREE

Enjoy Community School of the Arts family-friendly music & art event! Spend a “Day in the Country” exploring its sights, sounds and rhythms at this interactive concert and activities featuring CSA faculty and students. Hear a short concert performed by CSA faculty and students, then get hands-on and try out an instrument, create a work of art or engage in a special early childhood activity! Concert begins at 3pm followed by activities. This concert is designed for families with younger children.

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Artists Serving Others

Artists Serving Others is a NEW all-CSA event, providing an opportunity for students to put the mission statement into action.

CSA students and families will be invited to serve the community in groups led by a CSA faculty member. This year, CSA is offering the following service opportunities in October. Sign-up sheets are in Pierce Commons.

NEW OPPORTUNITY

Visual Art project with Re:New (Wheaton)

Saturday, October 24
12:45-3:15 pm Help refugee families create unique artwork


Northern IL Food Bank (Geneva)

Saturday, October 10
9 am-12 pm Sort/pack food donations


Ronald McDonald House (Winfield)

Saturday, October 10
1-3 pm Bake cookies w/ families & perform music


ESSE Adult Day Care (Wheaton)

Monday, October 12
Columbus Day 
10-11 am Make Music with Seniors 
  1-2 pm  Perform Music 
Any weekday(s)
October 12-23
drop off
7 am-noon
Provide healthy snacks for seniors 
    Donate small trinkets for seniors (as prizes)
   2-5 pm Play board games with seniors



ESSE Adult Day Care (Glen Ellyn)

Monday, October 12
Columbus Day 
10-11 am Perform Solos 
  1-2 pm  Perform Music 
Any weekday(s)
October 12-23
drop off 
7 am-noon
Provide healthy snacks for seniors 
    Donate small trinkets for seniors (as prizes)
   2-5 pm Play board games with seniors



Outreach Community Center (Carol Stream)

Friday, October 16
10:30 am-1 pm Provide and serve lunch to 70 seniors



Illinois Prairie Path (West Chicago)


Saturday, October 17
afternoon Pick up trash on West Chicago Prairie Path


Feed My Starving Children (Aurora)

Saturday, October 17
7-9 pm Pack food for orphans



Operation Serve Our Troops 

Saturday, October 24 afternoon Write encouraging letters/color pictures for soldiers in combat (or write them at home and bring in)



Lutheran World Relief (Wheaton)

Saturday, October 24
1-4 pm Help finish quilts: tie knots, sort quilt parts, sew (sewing skills not necessary)

From October 10-24, CSA will also collect:

  • gently used/new books for People's Resource Center
  • canned goods for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

Collection bins in Pierce Commons on the Wheaton College campus.


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
3 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.

Suzuki 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.


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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.

  Donate small trinkets for seniors 
(as prizes)
Saturday, October 10
9 am-12 pm Sort/pack food donations

Saturday, October 10
9 am-12 pm Sort/pack food donations

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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