New Violin Class for Elementary and Early Middle School Students

New Violin Class for Elementary and Early Middle School Students

Summer Violin Classes!

  • This class is specifically for students between the ages of 8 and 11 who have started violin lessons at school during the school year and wish to continue through the summer.
  • 8-week session begins June 10 and will consist of a 1-hour class held twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30a-11:30a.
  • This class will incorporate violin technique, reading and ensemble skills, Dalcroze inspired movement and general music theory.
  • Enrollment is limited to 8 and the cost of the class is $400 for the entire session ($25/lesson). Sign up by June 1st, and receive 10% off (that’s only $22.50 for each lesson!). Use Code: OPSA10
  • Classes are held at the Oak Park String Academy: 350 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304 and are taught by experienced instructors who are also active performers all around the Chicago area.
(And come on out to see our current students play at the “What’s Blooming on Harrison Street” festival this Saturday, 5/18, from 11:30a-12:30p!).
Email Office@OPStringAcademy.com for more info.
Benefit Concert 2018 for Hephzibah

Benefit Concert 2018 for Hephzibah

2018 Benefit Concert funds to go to Hephzibah Children’s Association.

 

Save the Date:

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00p at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest

 

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was a Japanese violinist and humanitarian. Witnessing the destruction of his homeland due to the second World War, he formed a vision to help nudge the world toward peace through its children. Through music, Dr. Suzuki hoped to build noble hearts in children all around the world.

With this in mind, we produce an event each year that connects our students from Oak Park and the surrounding areas to the larger world they live in. In previous years, our students helped to raise money through their music for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the Heartland Alliance’s unaccompanied minor program. This year, our music students are collaborating with Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park, IL. OPSA students will be performing a concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park on December 15 at 2p. 

OPSA students and faculty will be collaborating with other Oak Park area musicians to create a global concert featuring music from around the world. In previous years, we performed music from Syria, Lebanon, China, Romania, and more. This year, the concert will include special faculty performances, global music, and even a holiday sing along. Local Suzuki students from neighboring studios will join to play music together and hopefully make the world just a little more peaceful and beautiful.

Hephzibah will be the recipient of the funds we raise. Last year, OPSA raised almost $2,000 for Heartland Alliance. We hope to do even better this year! You can make a donation right away!

 

Oak Park String Academy benefit Hephzibah

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!

We hope you are all enjoying your summer activities!

Individual lessons are still going on at OPSA throughout the summer although on a much more flexible schedule. Be sure to check your lesson schedule!

Here is some beautiful music to enjoy on this summer day. This is young violinist, Soo-Been Lee,  who won 2nd Prize in the Junior Division with her performances at the Menuhin Competition in Beijing in 2012. Our four OPSA violin students attending the Indiana Summer String Academy for four weeks this summer will all be playing this. We wish them fun with their beautiful music making!

Chicago Suzuki Violin Playdown @ Grant Park

Chicago Suzuki Violin Playdown @ Grant Park

Chicago Suzuki Violin Playdown

at Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago

 

Every June, Suzuki violin students from across Chicagoland come together for a Playdown-style concert as part of the Grant Park Music festival’s Young Artists Showcase. Plan on joining hundreds of other Suzuki children to play your pieces together on stage! Pack a picnic and stay to listen to the Grant Park Orchestra Concert afterward.

What a great way to kick off a musical summer!

Friday, June 29, 2018 | Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 5:30-6:00pm

Mandatory Rehearsal for Participants: Sunday, June 24, 11am-1pm, Polk Hall, Merit School of Music

2018 Repertoire

Book 1: Theme and Variation A; Lightly Row; Song of the Wind; Aunt Rhody; Long, Long Ago; Allegro; Minuet 2

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus; Hunter’s Chorus; Witches’ Dance; Gavotte from Mignon

Book 3: Gavotte in G Minor; Humoresque

Book 4: Concerto No. 2, Movement 3 – Fritz Seitz

Click here for more details regarding rehearsal location, concert attire, parking and more.

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Spring Recital Coming up!

Spring Recital Coming up!

Spring Solo Recitals Approaching!

Join us for our spring solo recitals on April 28 at 1p and 2:30p at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

Recitals are free and open to the public. We encourage prospective families to come and listen to and enjoy these great student performances! Students between the ages of 4 and 16 will be performing on these recitals. We will hear Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and more! If you have been considering starting violin or cello lessons with your young child, this is a great way to introduce them to our program. Come and join us for all or part of a recital. We look forward to meeting you!

Teacher Training at OPSA February 16-18, 2018

Teacher Training at OPSA February 16-18, 2018

We are so excited to be hosting a fantastic weekend of events for our 2018 Winter Workshop next month!

This event includes something for everyone!

Violin teachers interested in learning more about how to help their students can take our Enrichment course presented by Charles Krigbaum. Mr. Krigbaum’s 10-hour course, “Enjoying Violin Technique and Recital Training” can be registered with the Suzuki Association and will cover these fascinating books of the same title as the course.

Also of interest to violin teachers, will be our Friday evening masterclasses with renowned violin pedagogue, Almita Vamos. OPSA students will be participating in both the masterclasses as well as the Sunday morning Advanced Violin Group class demonstration.

Saturday morning will be a treat as we listen to Stefanie Faye Frank present an array of fascinating new research discoveries regarding how the brain develops and changes as we struggle, continue to challenge ourselves and our students, and then ultimately succeed. Ms. Frank is in great demand around the globe these days as so many people find her presentations transformational.

We can hardly believe just how FANTASTIC this line up is and can’t wait to see everyone there! See here for schedule, details, and registration. For questions, please email MLanfear@OPStringAcademy.com