Community Engagement


At CSA we not only provide arts education for students, but we also strive to cultivate enjoyment and appreciation for the arts in the community through outreach and special events.  We encourage our students to enrich the lives of others by sharing their talents.


Art & Music Experience 2013

Community School of the ArtsGrab 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. 

Passport to the World
Sunday, November 3, 2:30pm
Pierce Chapel, Wheaton College

Arts for Others 2013


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 this year will benefit 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.

Join CSA students on October 12, 2013, 9–11:30 am for the Suzuki Strings 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 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 to book Vivaldi Strings for your next event!

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