Founded in 1970, Wheaton College Community School of the Arts (CSA) annually serves 1800 students – birth to adult, from 40 communities throughout the greater Chicago area, through a variety of comprehensive music and visual art programs. Since its inception, the school has provided a stimulating and nurturing Christian environment for learning and performing.
Our long-standing faculty members hold advanced degrees in their respective disciplines and are experienced in working with students of all ages and ability levels. Frequent feedback, received from students and parents alike, reflects observations of the genuine dedication and commitment demonstrated by our teachers.
CSA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and is affiliated with the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Music Teachers National Association.
At CSA, you will find a college campus environment with first-rate performance venues, teaching studios with Conservatory-quality instruments, and a visual arts studio.
Performance & Enrichment
CSA music students participate in annual large-scale concerts and festivals, and visual arts students exhibit work on campus as well as in the community. Numerous enrichment opportunities are available to students, including a chamber program, choirs, handbell ensembles, workshops and summer camp offerings in the creative arts.
A CSA Family Pass is available for free admission to Wheaton College Conservatory events, including concerts by the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Choirs, as well as the Percussion and Jazz Ensembles. Additionally, CSA students have regular opportunity for interaction with college undergrads who serve as interns, accompanists, and class aides.
Commitment to Service and Outreach
At CSA we hold a strong priority of service and outreach - on the part of our faculty, staff, and students. Striving to serve each other, as well as the community, is a vital element of our mission. Faculty members are passionate about imparting the value of service, understanding it results in character development for the student, as well as benefit to the community at large.