CSA cultivates enjoyment and appreciation for the arts in Wheaton and the local communities through outreach and special music and art events.
Artists Serving Others
Artists Serving Others is an all-CSA event, providing an opportunity for students, parents and siblings to put the mission statement into action. CSA students and families are invited to serve the community in groups led by a CSA faculty member.
Service opportunities have included writing letters to US military personal (above), quilting, music-making at ESSE, food packaging, Valentine's card making for children at Central DuPage Hospital and gratitude card making. Gently used clothing and household items have also been collected for World Relief and Christmas Sharing.
Suzuki Piano Festival
Suzuki piano students grade K-12 present the 2018 Suzuki Piano Festival entitled "Music From Around the World" on Sunday, February 4, with simultaneous concerts at two locations beginning at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Piano students in CSA's Suzuki program will perform an afternoon of solo recitals.
Community Service Day
Suzuki String students perform annually at area retirement centers. These concerts lift the spirits of residents through music and provide an opportunity for CSA students to share their gift of music with the community. Free performances are held at 7 different area retirement homes.
Visual Art Exhibits
CSA visual art students have the opportunity to exhibit their work. Past shows have hung at the Wheaton Public Library, Carlson's Art & Framing, Wheaton College Adams Hall Gallery and at major CSA events.
CSA Ensembles Perform at Cantigny's Celebrate the Season Festival
Community School of the Arts present classical and holiday music at Cantigny's Celebrate the Season Festival. Suzuki String students ages preschool through high school from Con Fuoco, cello, viola and chamber ensembles will perform at the Cantigny Park in Winfield. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and an assortment of activities and offerings are planned. For more information, visit http://www.cantigny.org/calendar/signature-events/celebrate-the-season.
Suzuki Strings Christmas Concert
Bluegrass & Beyond
December 9, 2017 | 10 am
Edman Chapel | Wheaton College
CSA Suzuki String students present "Bluegrass and Beyond" a Christmas concert celebrating the birth of Christ with musical traditions from around the world. More than 300 students ages 4 through high school will perform versions of familiar Christmas favorites from a Bluegrass version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain", to a Klezmer "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to Pentatonix's "Mary Did You Know". Audience participation is encouraged.
Suzuki Concerto Concert
Advanced violin, viola, cello and piano students perform concerto movements. This concert is always very inspiring. FREE
Suzuki Strings All-String Festival
This festival showcases the School's Suzuki students' skill and technique in their final presentation of the year. FREE
Piano Monster Concert
Presented every 3 years, the Piano Monster concert is a unique performing experience for students. This family-friendly concert features over 100 piano students grades K-high school performing piano duets and quartets in ensemble on six grand pianos. FREE
Click here to view photos from CSA's 2011 Piano Monster Concert.
Arts for Others
CSA students have used their musical and artistic gifts to serve other students all over the world. The money raised in 2013 benefitted 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!
CSA teacher, Kathy Cathey, travels to the school every few years to teach music.