Six seniors to play Community School recitals

Top row: Hanna Bingham and Erin McGaughey Middle row: Paige Phelps and Danielle Pivonka Bottom row: Owen Ruff and Genevieve Smelser
Top row: Hanna Bingham and Erin McGaughey
Middle row: Paige Phelps and Danielle Pivonka
Bottom row: Owen Ruff and Genevieve Smelser

Six students who are graduating from high school are performing senior recitals this spring, the NIU Community School of the Arts has announced.

The six are Paige Phelps, Danielle Pivonka and Owen Ruff of Sycamore and Hanna Bingham, Erin McGaughey and Genevieve Smelser of DeKalb.

All of the recitals are free and open to the public.

Pivonka performs at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, on violin at the Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. She studies violin with Ann Montzka-Smesler and is a member of CSA Sinfonia. She is the daughter of Joe and Cathy Pivonka and is graduating from Sycamore High School.

Genevieve Smelser performs on violin at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building. She is the daughter of Linc Smelser and Ann Montzka-Smelser and is graduating from DeKalb High School this spring. She studies violin with Gerardo Ribeiro and is also a student of Mathias Tacke. She is a member of CSA Sinfonia.

McGaughey performs on cello at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Recital Hall. She is the daughter of Rod and Sandy McGaughey and studies cello with Linc Smesler. She is a member of the CSA Sinfonia. She is graduating from DeKalb High School.

Bingham performs on violin at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Recital Hall. She is the daughter of Arthur and Naoko Bingham and is graduating from DeKalb High School. She studies violin with Blaise Magniere of the Avalon Quartet and is a member of CSA Sinfonia.

Phelps performs on cello at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the Recital Hall. She studies cello with Linc Smelser and is a member of CSA Sinfonia. She is the daughter of Don and Heidi and is graduating from Sycamore High School.

Ruff performs on violin at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. He studies violin with Montzka-Smelser and is a member of CSA Sinfonia. Owen is the son of Philip and Jenny Ruff. He graduates from Sycamore High School in May.

The NIU Community School of the Arts offers lessons, ensembles and classes in music, art and theater for children and adults. The summer semester begins in June. For more information, call (815) 753-1450.

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