Center for the Arts: Music

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First Friday Music Salons
March 7, April 11
7 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center
Join us for a salon-styled evening of music, good company and refreshments in the Gross Pointe Room. The C4A Music Department is featuring students from Canzonetta, Guitar, Piano, Violin and Voice. Each event will star a different group of performers.

Canzonetta Concert
March 11 at 7 p.m.
In the Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center

Canzonetta Recital
May 6 at 7 p.m.
In the Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center
For more about Canzonetta Youth String Chamber Orchestra click here.

Spring Voice Recital
May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
In the Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center

Spring Piano Recital
May 15 at 7:30 p.m.
In the Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center

Voice Instruction

Francesca Sherrill is a graduate of Milliken University where she received degrees in voice and piano. An accomplished dancer as well, she has performed on cruise ships, theme parks and several other professional venues including Light Opera Works in Evanston.

Amy Weller has been conducting and teaching in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. She has served on the music faculties of Northwestern University and DePaul University and has directed community choruses in the city and western suburbs. She earned her doctorate in music from Stanford University and also studied at the Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Meadowmount School of Music, and L’Ecole des Arts Américaines in Fontainebleau, France.


These early childhood music classes are taught by Wendy Morgan of Vocal Gymnasium. She is Musikgarten-certified and a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Canzonetta Youth String Chamber Orchestra Staff

Hilel Kagan, conductor and artistic director, is a founder, conductor, and artistic director of Concertante di Chicago. He is the Principal 2nd violin, 30 years, for the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago and a former professor of violin and chamber music at De Paul University and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Helia Schramm, co-artistic director, is the Concertmistress of the Civic Orchestra, the 1st violinist of Arcturus String Quartet, and the Principal 2nd violin of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival. She is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and is a founder of the Lincolnwood School of Music.

For more information about Canzonetta click here.

Piano Instruction

Yvonne Harada has been teaching piano in the North Shore area for over 20 years. She obtained a Masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Hawaii. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and a board member of the North Shore Music Teachers Association. She has accompanied band students and various groups and enjoys teaching adults and children in her home.

Faina Farbman holds a Masters of Arts in piano instruction from Belorussian Conservatory.  She is a graduate of Music College, Minsk, with a diploma in “How to teach Bach Music for Children” and worked as head of piano facility in music school and accompanist in music college. She is also Suzuki trained with Jasako Joichi, Chicago. She has been a member of NSMTA since 1993, a private piano studio in Skokie. 

Eva Naftali has been a piano faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago since 1991. She holds a Masters in music from Cluj Romania and has studied under S. Erkel, F. Weiss, N. Panieva. Her Suzuki Pedagogy is with Yasuko Joichi. She has lead workshops in Romania, Tel Aviv and Chicago. She is a member of Israel Association of Musicians and Music Teachers as well as Suzuki Association of America and Music Teacher National Association. She has been teaching piano at the Wilmette Park District since 2001.

Guitar Instruction

Dan Chernow studied at University of Kentucky for two years, majoring in Fine Arts/Classical Guitar. He attended Berklee College of Music Boston, MA from 1991-1995 where he majored in Professional Music and received his Bachelor of Music Degree. He has an extensive resume and has been instructing for over 10 years. He has his own unique specialized courses including soloing, theory and ear training for intermediate to advanced students. 
Dan McLean graduated from Columbia College, Chicago with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Studies. He has played with the Advanced Jazz Guitar Ensemble, founded by the late Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble Guitarist) and is currently working on a solo project. He teaches through a conceptual approach toward music.

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