Concert Schedule 2020-21
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Band at Elmwood
Instrumental music is available to students in grades 4 and 5. The Elmwood Band performs throughout the year, including a winter concert, a band/orchestra/chorus spring concert, and the 5th grade band festival. Throughout the year students are working on performance music as well as achievement lines and scale requirements.
Mrs. Emma Oliver (Email)
Mrs. Oliver is originally from Deerfield, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Ms. Oliver began her teaching career in the Shelbyville Community Unit School District, where she was responsible for the band programs in elementary, middle, and high school. After her third year of teaching, returned the University of Illinois to pursue a master’s degree in music education. During this time, she served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate music education courses and supervised pre-service teachers’ field experiences in instrumental music. She also conducted research and authored a 170-page master’s thesis on the experience of novice band directors in rural settings. In addition to teaching, she enjoys playing ukulele, running, cycling, and cross-country skiing.
Orchestra at Elmwood
All interested 4th and 5th grade students are able to participate in Elmwood's Orchestra program. Students receive one small group lesson and one full ensemble rehearsal each week. Interested 5th grade students may also audition to participate in District #203 Honor Strings, which meets once a week from mid-October through February.Miss Rebecca Rudy (Email)Orchestra became Miss Rudy's favorite class from the moment she picked up the viola in 5th grade; in fact, she knew from the moment she met her inspiring middle school orchestra teacher that teaching would become her passion. Her musical journey eventually led her to DePaul University, where she furthered her studies as both a performer and teacher. Miss Rudy graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Magna cum Laude, and went on to study the Suzuki Method with master teachers Michelle George and Ed Kreitman. She then grew her own private studio in Fort Sheridan and started a K-6 strings program at Koraes Elementary School in Palos Hills. Today, she is honored to be joining Naperville District 203 and hopes to inspire students to love playing string instruments!