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Community School to host CSA O’Rama

August 16, 2011

Photo of piano keysThe NIU Community School of the Arts invites people of all ages to the Music Building Saturday, Aug. 27, for CSA O’Rama.

Families are invited to ask questions about the program, sign up for free sample music lessons, learn more about the Suzuki approach and attend sampler classes. All activities are free and open to the public.

Staff will be on hand in the Concert Hall lobby from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Beginning at 10 a.m., 15-minute sample music lessons are available on a variety of instruments. These must be arranged ahead of time by calling the office by Friday, Aug. 26; interested students must have an instrument. The limit is one lesson per person.

The following classes will have a 20-minute sneak preview session:

10 to 10:20 a.m.

  • Starter Piano with Barbara Wirz-Ellsworth (ages 6 to 9)
  • Musical Tales with Sara Vogeler (ages 3 to 5)

10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

  • Suzuki parent chat with Ann Montzka-Smelser. Parents are invited to learn more about the Suzuki approach.

11 to 11:20 a.m.

  • Suzuki sampler class (ages 3 to 10)

11:30 to 11:50 a.m.

  • Prelude and Development classes with Laurie Rodriguez (ages 1 to 5)

To register for a place in a sample class, call the office by Thursday, Aug. 26. Parents are expected to attend the children’s classes. Classes with insufficient advance reservations can be canceled.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at NIU. There are about 80 teachers who offer lessons on most musical instruments, as well as in art and theater. More than 500 community people from nearly 50 towns and cities travel to DeKalb each semester for lessons and classes.

Adult classes include group guitar and group piano, as well as drawing and printmaking. Theater classes for children and teens are offered in January. Large ensembles include a children’s choir, jazz band, junior string orchestra and advanced full orchestra. Among the smaller groups are a guitar ensemble and a string chamber music ensemble.

To reserve a space in a class or rehearsal, call Renee Page at (815) 753-1450.