Archive for Music

Music Classes – Gibbs-Morrison Center – Starting December 6

Class Voice

This beginning singing experience will teach young singers in sixth through eighth grade healthy singing technique, while encouraging them to the appreciate different vocal styles and have a great time! Performances will conclude the session.
Instructor: Charles Taylor

Fridays, Dec. 9–Feb. 10, 4-5pm
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
$50 R/$55 NR

Music Stories and More
This 30-minute class for ages 6 months to toddler will help your little one grow accustomed to sound. Babies and toddlers will be stimulated by the playing of various instruments. Your child will be mesmerized by your voice and interested in learning about their own emerging musicality.
Instructor: Charles Taylor

Tuesdays, Dec. 6–Feb. 7, 12:30–1pm
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
$40 R/$45 NR

Music in Your World
This 30-minute class introduces 3- to 5-year old boys and girls to the music, sounds and rhythms of various cultures.
Participants will learn to use their voices and bodies to create music, as well as hand percussion techniques.
Instructor: Charles Taylor

Tuesdays, Dec. 6–Feb. 7, 1:15–4:45pm
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
$40 R/$45 NR

Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center

1823 Church St., Evanston

For more information, please call 847-448-8040 or email or see this flyer: music-classes

Music Institute Presents “Family Concert: Duke It Out!” – December 10

This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles include Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2016.
General Admission:  $7
Where: Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue
When: Saturday, December 10, 10 am and 2 pm
For more information and to purchase the tickets, click here

Fallen Angels – etc. Music School – December 2-4

etc_fallen-angelsetc. Presents: ‘Fallen Angels’
Music and Lyrics by: Mike O’Mara
With Book by: Mike O’Mara, assisted by the Presents cast

A legendary world with ancient laws. A city in the clouds, with peasants below. When a daughter’s compassion marks her unwanted, it sets off a chain of events that will leave both the Angels of the sky and the Terrans on the surface forever changed. “Fallen Angels” weaves a magical tale around the very real-life issues of social justice, gender equality and the corruption of absolute power.

Show Location:
Rm. 213, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL. 60201

Show Dates/Times:
Fri., Dec. 2: 7 P.M.
Sat., Dec. 3: 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Sun., Dec. 4: 2 P.M.
<The show is approximately 120 min. in length.>

For more information, please visit etc. Music School website.

Musical: Killing Time – Nov. 11-12, 18-20

14937280_1088100121268099_5096204042380597503_nThe Musical Offering’s sixth annual student-written, composed, directed and produced musical, “Killing Time”, will be opening its run of five performances this Friday, November 11th at 7 pm, with additional performances on November 12th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

Seating will be limited and reserved seats are highly recommended.
Reservations via Brown Paper Tickets will be available this Tuesday at

Tickets are only $10 and MO students are admitted free.

A hilarious, inventive and beautifully-written must-see show!

EISMA Benefit – Sun. Nov. 6

Sunday, Nov. 4:00 – 7:00 PM
at Five and Dime, 1026 Davis Street, Evanston

Bring the family and join Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) for an evening of live music, food, and a beautiful selection of silent auction items in the cool atmosphere of Five and Dime. Proceeds from this evening’s event will go toward EISMA’s diverse, inclusive programming which brings professional music twice a year to all 7800+ students in District 65 elementary and middle schools. Featuring performances by:

  • Taiko Legacy 13, traditional Japanese drumming – one of EISMA’s diverse musical genres
  • Halfstache, jazz/funk/rock. Members are ETHS alumni: Leif Opland (piano), Michael Werner (trumpet), Tony Mest (drums), and Simon Ciaccio (bass).

Performances begin at 4:45, so arrive early to mingle, see auction items, and have some food and drinks. Tickets start at $40.00 ($75/couple) and include food and one free drink. Children 12 and under are Free! Discounted student tickets also available. See  for tickets and more information.

Proceeds from this event help support EISMA’s programming.  Since 1971, EISMA, a not-for-profit organization, has presented Concerts for Kids twice a year in each District 65 school, presenting diverse musical genres and cultures to your children throughout their K – 8 experience. With contributions from individuals, grants, and school PTAs/PTOs, EISMA seeks to inspire students with a full range of musical styles, instruments, and ethnic traditions.  Visit the Evanston In-School Music Association at Facebook or via email at

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Mon. Oct. 10

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is offering a variety of programming in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

10am-5pm Free Museum Admission

1-2:30pm Indigenous Peoples’ Day Panel – includes Scotti Clifford, Patty Loew, and Rafeal Reza

7-9pm Indigenous Peoples’ Day Concert – Scatter Their Own, Sones de Mexico, Mark Cleveland
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University
Tickets $15 if purchased by 09/30 or $20 after


Youth Chorus for 2nd-5th Graders

There is a new opportunity for children who love to sing, can match pitch, and would enjoy being in an ensemble with other committed singers from across the community. Youth Chorus of the North Shore has expanded to include Alegría, a select ensemble for 2nd – 5th graders.

Young singers in Alegría will receive instruction in note reading, musical vocabulary, and expressive techniques.  Singers will also receive vocal training to help develop breath and pitch control, proper vowel placement, and healthy singing habits.  They will learn diverse and challenging repertoire in a warm, joy-filled environment.

The chorus will be led by Willard parent, Lauren Sklar (MMus Northwestern), an experienced choral conductor who has previously conducted ensembles with Anima: Young Singers of Greater Chicago and the Music Institute of Chicago’s Youth Choirs.

Rehearsals for Alegría will be held on Wednesdays (4:15-5:45pm) in Evanston, starting in late September.

To learn more or to sign-up for an audition, please visit our web page ( or Facebook page (  You can also reach us directly and click here for more information.

etc. Music School Fall Term Registration Open

We’re looking for new student-artists to join our school for Fall ’16 Term excitement at etc. Music School!

Here’s what we’re offering this Fall term:

– Private lessons with positive, affirming, engaging arts professionals ready to help you reach your goals in piano, voice, flute, violin, viola, guitar and composition!

– A musical theater program that utilizes the varied talents, ideas and creations of the student-artist body to create ensemble-driven, equitable-stage time-focused original works as a team!

Be a cast member – but ALSO be a writer, or a composer, or a lighting designer, or a costumer – what are YOU into? Let us give you a chance to work with professionals in the field to enhance your experience! Musical theater experiences are available for students aged K-12 and beyond!

– A unique choral program (The etc. Choir) open to singers of all voice types and experience levels aged 13-19, offering awesome performance opportunities and the most varied, challenging-yet-FUN repertoire around!

– *NEW this year*: The opportunity for FULLY-STUDENT WRITTEN AND RUN productions, revues and more – we want to partner with you to make YOUR unique creations a reality!

Our space is available at very reasonable rates to rent, OR if you are enrolled in our musical theater program, you can use the space FOR FREE that term for your own shows as well!

Private lessons begin Sept. 6, with group classes beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.

Work-study and other need-based scholarship options are available. etc. Music School never turns ANY student away for lack of funding.

Questions? Contact Director Mike O’Mara any time at:!

Opportunities at The Musical Offering

Special opportunity for ETHS jazzers! Sharpen your jazz skills at The Musical Offering — For both ETHS audition prep or simply for fun.

Coffeehouse Jazz Combos

Teacher Tim O’Donnell is adding the Coffee House Jazz Combos open to guitarists, bassists (standup or electric), pianists/keys, drums, horns, woodwinds, and vocalists. Combos would consist of three to six members depending on the instruments and would focus on learning Classic Jazz standards and improvisation. Participants should have a minimum of 2 years playing and know how to play major scales in multiple keys. Tim also has a Chicago Blues Combo in the works which is more ideal for electric guitars, electric bassists, as well as vocalists and drummers.

These combos are ideal for people who have been playing awhile and just want to try going to the next level by playing simple arrangements in a group setting and a great introduction to improvising. More details as fall registration gets underway or contact The Musical Offering at

Tim O’Donnell also offers the popular “Plugged In And Live” rock and blues program for students ages 12-adult. Rock out at the MO–Evanston’s own community music school!


Youth Open Mic Night – Friday, July 22

imageWhen: Friday July 22, 2014
Where: First Church of God Christian Life Center
1524 Simpson

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Looking for more participants ages 10 – 19

Gospel Rap, Praise Dancers, Soloist, Musicians, and Poets
Please contact the church and leave your name 847-866-7050

T.I.g.h.t. youth ministry

Custer St. Fair – June 18 & 19

Head to Chicago Ave. and Main St. this weekend for Custer Fair! The free festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and will include more than 30 food vendors, three stages of live entertainment, local and regional artists, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family!

Summer Programs at the Musical Offering

Summer registration is open and summer lessons and classes begin on Tuesday, June 7th.

Sign up for private lessons in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar (acoustic and electric–all styles!), flute, clarinet, oboe and saxophone.
Group classes include Brazilian Choro #chicagochoroclub and “Plugged In And Live” rock and blues bands for all ages.

“Music Stars” summer camps feature the creation of mew musical theater productions for singers, actors and instrumentalists ages 9–17.
Visit or email for details.

Take advantage of their free 30-minute introductory lesson offer to come in and meet with one of their amazing faculty members!

Events at Evanston Public Library – June 10 – 17

Friday June 10th- Sunday June 12th, 3rd floor Book Sale Room

EPL’s book sale volunteers are holding another fabulous summer book sale! Browse our wonderful stock of gems: adult, teen and children’s books; audio books, CDs, and DVDs, at the sale listed as a Chicago Reader Best of Chicago event. All proceeds benefit the library collections and services.  Special thanks to the great volunteers who work long and hard to support the Library!

Sale hours will be Friday from 10 to 5:30 ($5 charge from 10 to noon); Saturday 10 to 5:30 and Sunday from noon to 5:30 (half-price).

2016 Summer Reading Program at Evanston Public Library: Read for the Win!

June 1-July 31 at all EPL Locationsalt

Everyone is invited to Read for the Win! starting June 1. All Evanston kids, teens, and adults can read books, play games, attend library events, enter raffles and earn prizes all summer long. Join us at all library locations and in our parks and summer camps for fun events, award-winning authors, Ted Talk screenings, storytimes, book recommendations, and fun MakerKids stem activities. Registration opens for all ages starting June 1. Register online or in person at any library location.  Check out the Summer Reading Guide (pdf) online or pick up a paper copy at any location.

While these Summer Reading programs are free to all participants, additional support is needed to help expand the program, including a new book lending project with Evanston Parks and Recreation and Ridgeville Camps to keep kids reading this summer.  Contributions can be made online. Our program partners include the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and Ridgeville Park Distirct with participation by Evanston Cradle to Career and the Evanston Public Library Friends. Help keep kids reading this summer. We can all model reading and grow a healthy community of readers and lifelong learners. Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.



Watch “Little Book’s Big Adventure”!

Summer Reading Kick Off Event @ Robert Crown!


Saturday, June 11, 11am – 1pm Robert Crown Community Center

Come to Robert Crown Community Center on  Saturday, June 11 for fun for all ages — adults, teens, kids all welcome. Obstacle courses, mini golf, kickball and more! Make sure you sign up for summer reading Read for the Win while you’re there and receive a registration prize available only at this event. Already registered for Read for the Win? Attending this fun outdoor event earns you 2 points. Tag! See you there!

Instrument Petting Zoo


Saturday, June 11, 2 pm Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Attention, all Evanston kids who want to to be in Orchestra at school. Come learn about the instruments in the orchestra from local members of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity at the Instrument Petting Zoo! Children and their parents will be able to try out a wide variety of instruments. Attend this popular program brought back for another generation of kids interested in creating music! All welcome.

EPL Bike Expo


Sunday, June 12, 12:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Summer is coming! The Divvy Bike Sharing program is coming! Are you ready to ride?

Whether you’re a new rider, and old hand, or just bike-curious, come on out to Evanston Public Library’s Bike Day.  Learn how to be sure your bike is road-ready from The Recyclery, the “educational bike shop” just south of Evanston.  Learn how to beat thieves and avoid crashes from Dave “Mr. Bike” Glowacz, local author of Urban Bikers’ Tricks & Tips.  Learn about leisure riding in the North Shore and beyond from the Evanston Bike Club. Learn about City of Evanston initiatives like the Divvy Bike Sharing program and the Dodge Ave protected bike lane from Katherine Knapp,  Evanston’s Transportation & Mobility Coordinator.  Get all your bicycle questions answered so you’re ready to roll out into the streets of Evanston and beyond!

Register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.

Fathers and Daughters: My Soul to His Spirit


Sunday, June 12, 3 – 4:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Author Melda Beaty reads from her compilation of stories and letterswritten by African American girls and women to their fathers. It gives voice to the sentiments of love, pain, disappointment, fulfillment, betrayal, and confusion for a diverse group of black women as they chronicle a journey of healing and redemptive love towards their fathers. My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award.

Girls and women in the community are invited to share their own stories an writings about their fathers at this event.

Beaty is an author, playwright, college English professor, and writing consultant.  Her debut novel, Lime(2012), explores notions of beauty and bonds of friendship set against the horrors of domestic violence. Her current play, Front Porch Society, which was read at The National Black Theatre Festival, delves into the complex lives of four elderly black women in rural Mississippi Delta on the eve of the 2008 presidential election.

Tabletop Game Night

altMonday, June 13, 6:30pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Bring friends and make new ones at the Evanston Public Library’s Tabletop Game Night. Folks from Evanston’s Game Night MeetUp group will have games to share, which they can teach. You’re also free to bring your games if you like. No experience is necessary for this evening of gaming and fun! Food *is* allowed during this event! Attendees must be 16 or older.

Register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.

Evanston Sings! – Fri. June 17

Evanston Own It will host its second annual “Evanston Sings” on June 17 at Evanston Township High School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.  All proceeds from the choir concert will be donated to the Evanston Summer Youth Program #2. To learn more about the event or to participate in the ad book program, please contact Gail Clary at 847-903-3752.

Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave.
Admission: $15 at the door

The Arts Circle @ Northwestern – Sat. June 4

The Arts Circle is your destination for the arts at Northwestern.

Join us on June 4th for a daylong series of exhibitions and performances featuring: Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Roof Piece on top of the buildings around the arts lawn, the inflation of Otto Piene’s sculpture Grand Rapids Carousel, a Cello Happening with more than 150 cellists, Tea Project by Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg, an audio storytelling showcase with professional Foley artists, the Art Theory and Practice MFA Thesis Exhibit: Lake Cream, the Block Museum’s exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s, and special appearances by The Actors Gymnasium.

For more information, visit

Jazz for Kids

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Evanston Children’s Choir Concert – Sun. May 22

Directors Gary Geiger, Ellen Morris and Bryan Johnson lead the entire Evanston Children’s Choir in its annual multicultural celebration of songs from around the world on Sunday, May 22, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

Free (voluntary donations graciously accepted).

Sunday, May 22 2016 @ 4:00pm

Unitarian Church of Evanston

1330 Ridge Ave.

60201 Evanston , IL



Young Musicians’ Ensemble [YME]: Jazz for Kids

jazzYoung Musicians’ Ensemble [YME] of Evanston
offering Jazz for Kids (Ages 6-13)

YME’s Vision Statement: Building youth ensembles through musical relationships.

About “YME”

  • An Independent Music Collaborative
  • A Complementary program to traditional “After School and In-School Programs”
  • Launch date: May 21, 2016
  • Location
    • Lake Street Church
    • 607 Lake Street
    • Evanston, IL
  • Hours of operation:
    • 8:45am [Drop Off]
    • 9am [Classes begins]
    • 11:30am – Noon [Pick up]
  • Tuition: $40 per weekly session [Need based scholarships available]


  • Respect for All People
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Excellence in All that we Do

Charter Term will consist of approximately 25 students in 2016

Scope of Jazz Program:

  • Ideal character building program for elementary, middle school & home schooled students
  • Teamwork and effective and positive communications skills.
  • Students will learn basics of sound production
  • A social and creative outlet

Interested parents should send email with telephone number and best time to contact to:

Bring Home the Bacon – April 14-16

Join the wonderful etc. Music School KidShows ensemble (gr. 4-7) as they perform their latest all-original musical, “Bring Home the Bacon”!

Two families – one alien, one suburban. One summer, ruined. Can the Petersons from Chicagoland and the Stiiyvs from the planet Pah-la-dah make peace with their children and salvage their respective relationships? Their only hope lies in impressing the television audience on the Midwest’s favorite cooking show, “Meal Masters”!

Come celebrate etc. KidShows’ team-first, ensemble-driven process as they perform the latest musical written WITH them and FOR their strengths, allowing each of our talented young stars to shine!

“Bring Home The Bacon!” will be presented in Room 213 of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center on:

Thursday, April 14: 7:00 P.M.
Friday, April 15: 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 16: 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Tickets: $10.00 general admission
Tickets will be available at the door, or via pre-order by using the link on this page!

For more information or questions, contact:

Summer Camps at The Musical Offering


Young musicians are invited to help us create a Rock Musical in our “Rock N’ Roll Theater” camps in June.
And we’ll be creating wacky new musical theater works at our “Music Stars” camps in July.

Whether you’re interested in covering rock standards, acting, singing, playing chamber music or creating new music or scripts of your own, we have you covered.

Details and more information can be found at