Alyssa Gao, student of CSA faculty member Julie Bickel, tied for first place in the Fox Valley Orchestra Youth Concert Competition. Alyssa will perform Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole on June 22, 2014 at the Paramount Theatre for the chance to win the opportunity to be the featured soloist at the Fox Valley Orchestra Concerto Concert. more >
Rachel Lee, a student of CSA faculty member Carol Beilke, was was chosen to play in the AIM Honor's recital for the West Suburban ISMTA chapter. more>
Wheaton College Community School of the Arts invites you to Teacher Workshops with Pamela Devenport, clinician. One session is for all instrument teachers, and one session is for cellists. Click here for more information and the enrollment form. Hope you can join us!
Piano students of Virginia Robin played for judges at the Merit School of Music in Chicago on Sunday, February 23. Ruthie and Micaiah Bovey earned a superior score while J.P. McHargue and Audrey Honig both earned an excellent score. All students received a superior rating on their musicianship test. Well done, students!
In partnership with Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, and as part of the new Bright & Early DuPage initiative for kindergarten readiness, CSA will be hosting Early Childhood Music training sessions for early care and education professionals in DuPage County. The two sessions (March 22, May 3) will be taught by CSA Early Childhood Music faculty members Ann Storm and Kathy Cathey. The sessions will feature a presentation on the Significance of Music in Child Development, observation of a CSA Early Childhood Music class demonstration and hands-on activities. Attendees will be provided with curriculum materials, CD’s and activity packets to enable them to successfully incorporate music into their programs. Funding for the training is provided by JCS Fund of DuPage Community Foundation.
Join CSA Visual Art Students as they celebrate the opening of two exhibits in downtown Wheaton this weekend, February 21 & 22.
Students of Jenny Nagle will open an exhibit at Caribou Coffee on Friday, February 21, 6–8 pm. Artwork will then be on display in Pierce Commons on the Wheaton College campus February 26–April 7.
Students of Elaine Rau will open an exhibit at Carlson Paint on Saturday, February 22, 5–7 pm. Artwork will be on display at Carlsons through March 8.
CSA will remain open on Monday, February 17. Classes and lessons will go on as scheduled.
Over 200 Suzuki string students performed at seven area retirement communities on Saturday, February 8. The students enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the local community while lifting the spirits of residents through music and interaction.
Beethoven's Buddies and other Preparatory piano students brought the joy of music to residents of DuPage Convalescent Center on Sunday, February 2. Thank you students for sharing your gifts with our community!
CSA is open for normal operations today, Saturday, February 1. Classes and lessons will go on as scheduled.
CSA will be open for normal operations on Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28. Classes and lessons will go on as scheduled. Keep checking the CSA homepage for updates if the situation changes.
The Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America: Arts Engagement in American Communities program. The NEA funds, along with matching donations, will help to provide music education to students from low-income families.
CSA is pleased to announce that Julie Bickel, Suzuki violin instructor and Vivaldi Strings director, has been named the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) 2014 Music Educator of the Year. She will be receiving the award at the orchestra’s March 16 concert. Congratulations, Julie, on your achievement and your continued dedication to music education.
International Ensembles Concert
CSA Students Selected to Perform at Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA)
IMEA All State Honors Orchestra
Alyssa Gao, principal second violin
IMEA All State Orchestra
IMEA District Orchestra
Sarah O'Connell, principal viola
Annie Hu, principal viola
IMEA District Choir
Elgin Symphony Master Class with Violinist Michael Ludwig
Students Bring Cheer to Edward Hospital
CSA students braved the snow on January 2 to play Christmas music at Edward Hospital. The ensemble group included: David D'Antonio, Annie Hu, Elizabeth Kochergin, Mary Otto, Amelia Simpson and Joshua Tong. Thank you, students for your donation of time and talents!
CSA Student Performs at House of Blues
Tessa O'Connell, student of Beth Bauer performed at House of Blues in Chicago on December 29, 2013.
West Chicago CODA Students Perform
Students served by CODA's program in West Chicago enjoy a break from after their Christmas performance.
CODA-World Relief Christmas Program
CODA students at World Relief perform Christmas songs on December 19 for their families.
Senior Wins Wheaton North HS Concerto Contest
Senior Jacob Walhout won the Wheaton North High School Concerto Contest with the highest score. He will perform Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler on violin in February. He has studied Suzuki violin and viola with Sarah Lindquist since 2003. Congratulations, Jacob!
Brighton Gardens Performance
Thanks to the Cello Choir who performed Christmas songs at Brighton Gardens Saturday Dec 14th. Making up the Cello Choir were CSA students: Honor Perrine, Ester Fang, Ian Scroggs, Alexander Daigle, Melissa Milford, Alexander Ristich, and Andy Votava.
Local Bookstore Hosts CSA Performers
Local residents and families listened to Christmas songs, sang along to familiar carols, and rang bells as CSA students played at the Big Red Schoolhouse Bookstore in downtown Wheaton on Saturday Dec 14th. Thanks to Kelly O'Connell, violin; Sarah O'Connell,viola; Danny O'Connell, cello; and Simon Leonard, cello. The Big Red Schoolhouse Bookstore sends a portion of their proceeds to the "Water for Africa" projects.
DuPage Community Foundation Provides Grant for CODA
A $7,500 grant was received from the DuPage Community Foundation for the ongoing work of CSA’s Community Outreach for Developing Artists program (CODA), which provides no-cost music instruction to more than 500 at-risk children in DuPage County who lack exposure to the arts due to financial and demographic barriers. The CODA program is currently focused in West Chicago District 33 schools, with a small component at World Relief DuPage Preschool in Wheaton. The District 33 program includes both a Suzuki violin and a recorder program, as well as pre-kindergarten and kindergarten early childhood music classes.
Students Invited to Play on Steve Cochran Show
CSA students were invited to Ivy Restaurant to play for a remote broadcast of WGN radio's Steve Cochran show on December 13. They played 4 Christmas pieces, which were highlights from the Suzuki Strings Christmas Concert.
Thank you to performers: Carol and Lisa Ourada, Lisa Hirschmugl, Rebecca Weddle, Brian Tong, Mitchell Brunner, Amelia Simpson, Madeline and Elizabeth Chang, Maggie Mudge, Kevin Li, Marisa and Lily Sadauskas, Jane Sottrel, Kelly, Sarah and Danny O’Connell, Elizabeth, Kimberly, Jennifer, Samantha, and Bob Aalbue, Alex Jiricek, Claire Wright, Natalie and Quinton Reh, Garrett Robinson, Honor Perrine, Melissa Milford, and Courtney Fung.
This appearance was made possible due to the chamber groups that played at Ivy on 12/7. Thank you to Elizabeth Aalbue, Elizabeth Chang, Naomi Keane, Melissa Milford, Amelia Simpson, Sarah O’Connell, and Courtney Fung for great impressions that got CSA noticed and asked to participate in the broadcast.
1st Place for CSA Piano Student
Jack Coutre, student of Noretta Singley, won 1st place in the Wheaton Warrenville South Concerto Competition. He will perform Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto with the school orchestra in early February. Jack is a Senior and has been a student at CSA since 2002.
Carol McNeil hired as CODA Program Administrator
CSA has hired a new part-time CODA Program Administrator in order to add an additional, much-needed layer of administrative oversight to our CODA outreach program. Carol has a BS in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, and has 17 years of public school teaching experience. This position will allow us to further develop and expand CODA, which currently provides early childhood music classes and Suzuki violin/recorder instruction at Pioneer Elementary, Turner Elementary, the Early Learning Center and EduCare in West Chicago District 33, as well as World Relief DuPage Preschool in Wheaton.
CSA to Perform at Wheaton's Christmas Stroll
Join the festivities in Downtown Wheaton this Saturday for the annual Holiday Stroll. While you're out and about, be sure to stop in at Ivy Restaurant on Hale Street between 12:45–2pm and enjoy seasonal music performed by CSA ensembles. more >>
Training the Next Edison?
(Science Daily) — Oct. 23, 2013 — Good news for parents: Those pricey piano lessons or random toy parts littering your floors may one day lead to the next scientific breakthrough.
That's according to new Michigan State University research linking childhood participation in arts and crafts activities to patents generated and businesses launched as adults.
CSA Gives Thanks
Generous Grant Broadens Reach of CODA Program
CSA’s community outreach program CODA (Community Outreach for Developing Artists) has received a $100,000 grant from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation.
Currently, CODA serves over 500 Hispanic, African, Arabic and at-risk children receive weekly music instruction at West Chicago District 33 locations and World Relief DuPage. This additional funding will make a difference for hundreds of children in our community.
CSA and CODA are thankful for past support of Tyndale House Foundation, Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, DuPage Community Foundation and numerous generous individual donors in growing this important program.
Students Find Creative Ways to Support Arts for Others
Suzuki piano student, Jordyn Wilson, and her family raised $169 for Arts for Others by holding a garage sale. Another student, Christy Banaszewski, played cello in the narthex of her church, St Matthew United Church of Christ in Wheaton, and received $140 in donations. CODA students in West Chicago collected $100 in donations for Arts for Others. These are just a few examples of how CSA students have creatively used their time and talents to benefit others.
Arts for Others is a yearly event through which CSA students use their musical and artistic gifts to serve other students all over the world. This year, the money raised will benefit the students at Kinyago-Dandora School in Nairobi, Kenya. CSA teacher, Kathy Cathey, (pictured at left) travels to the school every few years to teach music. To learn more about Kinyago-Dandora School click here. Or click here to learn more about Arts for Others. Donations will be accepted through Christmas.
CSA Art Exhibit at Library
CSA Visual Art students present artwork in a show at the Wheaton Public Library November 14 - December 12, 2013. "Melting Snowman" by Bernard Wong. Clay and mixed media.
My Hope Wheaton | November 7
Where Do You Find Hope?
Join hundreds of others in our community on Thursday, November 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, 500 College Ave., Wheaton, IL, for a screening of the 29 minute film, “Defining Moments,” which features the life-changing power of the gospel in the lives of three individuals (NFL player David Tyree, Illusionist Jim Munroe and singer/songwriter Lacey Sturm).
CSA Sisters win EYSO Concerto Competitions
Congratulations to Michelle Chin, winner of the 2013-14 Youth Symphony Concerto Competiton! Michelle will perform her winning piece, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35, 1st Movement in the spring. Congratulations also to Isabelle Chin, selected as the winner of the Philharmonia Concerto Competition for her rendition of Lalo's Violin Concerto, Symphonie Espagnole, 1st Movement. With their simultaneous wins, the Chin sisters have acchieved a first in EYSO history. Fantastic musicianship, ladies! more >>
CSA Students Perform for Mural Dedication in Wheaton
Viola and Vivaldi Strings ensembles performed on Oct 6 for the dedication of Wheaton’s mural honoring the immigrant’s journey. The mural is located near the College Avenue train station. Read more about the mural here >>
Children's ability to follow a beat may impact reading, language skills
(FoxNews) -- September 18, 2013 — New research is shedding light on how music education may help improve children’s reading and language skills.
In a study from Northwestern University, researchers demonstrated that children with a better sense of rhythm were able to more clearly process sound in their brains – a trait that has been linked to stronger reading and language proficiency. more>>
'Making Music May Improve Young Children's Behavior'
(ScienceDaily) -- Sep. 5, 2013 — Making music can improve both pro-social behaviour (voluntary behaviour intended to benefit another) and the problem solving skills of young children according to a new study. more >>
Italic Calligraphy Workshop Sat, Sept 14
CSA's popular Visual Art Workshop Series returns this Saturday with Italic Calligraphy. "Learn to create and flourish upper and lower case letterforms and techniques for planning a layout and lettering a favorite quotation." CSA offers monthly Workshops led by local professional artists. For more information visit our Visual Art Workshop page or call the office 630.752.5567. Pre-registration required.
Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?
(CNN) -- At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs.
... As scientists race to figure out how to promote healthy aging of the brain, and prevent dementia, their preliminary advice for senior citizens has become a chorus of voices: "Stay active! Have hobbies! Be socially engaged!"
Playing music, for some people, is a natural answer to all of those recommendations. Frank Iacono, for instance, has been playing violin since he was 13 -- just because he loves it. Read more >>
Bringing out the Bard
CSA offered a Shakespeare-inspired mask activity prior to Arena Theater's performance of "As You Like It" in Wheaton's Memorial Park.
Visual Art student Lemke artwork on cover of "Arts & Activities"
Former Visual Art student Katherine Lemke has been featured as the "Young Artist" in the September issue of Arts & Activities. Katherine credits CSA's Visual Art program for providing a foundation for her recent artwork. View Katherine's Young Artist feature here here >>.
Music Benefits Students with Developmental Delays
Great CNN article on how music opened doors for an autistic middle-schooler. CSA's Beethoven's Buddies Program facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays. To learn more about Beethoven's Buddies, click here
"Watch out, bullies: She's got the band behind her
(CNN) -- A few weeks ago, Emmanuela Kolman brought home her middle-school report card. She got an A in band, and her parents couldn't be prouder.
Any parent would be pleased by an A. But for 13-year-old Emmanuela, who goes by Mano, that A in band is a symbol. It represents eight months of hard work, a collection of new skills, and, most importantly, a complete turnaround in Mano's social and academic life. more >>"
CSA Students Alexander Daigle and Simon Leonard Attend American Suzuki Institute
Wheaton students Ben Alston (double bass), 15, Alexander Daigle (cello), 14, Simon Leonard (cello), 10, joined more than 1,000 parents, teachers and other kids immersing themselves in the music philosophy and teachings of Shinichi Suzuki at the 43rd Annual American Suzuki Institute (ASI) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this summer. The dedication to furthering their skills over the summer reflects on a strong system of music education in the Wheaton area. more >>
Congratulations Visual Art student, Abigail Atkinson!
A recently published devotional book "Praise in the Time Stream of Our Lives," by author Charles Haley contains an illustration by CSA Visual Art student Abigail Atkinson. Abigail and other Visual Art students completed an illustrations assignment, which were then submitted the the author.
Beethoven's Buddies in the News
In the August edition of the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Glancer Magazine, Beethoven's Buddies was featured as one of the "7 Spectacular Educational Programs for Kids."
Welcome Home Vivaldi Strings!
Vivaldi Strings returned July 25th from a five-day tour in San Francisco. In addition to seeing the sights, Vivaldi Strings attended a San Francisco Orchestra concert and performed numerous concerts of their own in the Bay area.