Music

Kensington Arts Center - Music

Like many Episcopal parishes, at Emmanuel, music plays an important role.  The beauty of our sanctuary and its fine acoustics make Emmanuel an ideal venue for concerts.  It's surrounding buildings make up the Kensington Art Center, a community space for arts and music education. 


Concerts in Emmanuel's Sanctuary
Music Education


Concerts in Emmanuel's Sanctuary

The present building was built in 1925-26 following a fire on December 1, 1924 that destroyed the 1893 church and parish house.  The architect for the present building was John "Jack" N. Tilton, Jr. who at the time was with the Marshall and Fox Architects, Chicago.  Jack Tilton lived in La Grange and was a member of the parish.  Bertram Goodhue and Associates of in New York City, experts in Gothic architecture, were consulting architects.  The first service in the new sanctuary was Easter Day, 1926.

The church building  is "cathedral"  style  12th Century English Gothic.   The windows are in keeping with this style of architecture.  Just as in medieval cathedrals,  the windows and art work are  based on scripture and history to tell the story of Christ and the church.  Only one window dates from 1926:  the east window above the altar.  Designed by Harry Wright Goodhue, it depicts the Life of Christ.  The remaining windows were done in the 1950s and 60s.  These windows were designed by Connick and Associates, Boston, and Henry Willett Glass Studio, Philadelphia.  The plan for the windows was developed by Jack Tilton, Architect, Harley W. Mitchell, Buildings and Grounds chairman, and Rectors Rev Everett Carr and Rev Gordon Galaty.  There are three windows dedicated to music.  These windows are in the choir section of the church and dipict individuals important in developing church music.

Emmanuel is proud to be a musical home to the  William Ferris Chorale, Hinsdale Chorale, Tower Chorale, New Comma Baroque, and the Lyons Township High School Madrigal Singers.  Earlier in the year we hosted a special performance by Christ Church Cathedral/Oxford. These and all musical ensembles who perform at Emmanuel all enjoy its grand space, lovely acoustics and Casavant pipe organ.  

Music Education

Piano and Violin Lessons for All Ages

Parents and caregivers of child students are welcome any time during classes.  Pop in any time or stay for the entire lesson!

Piano Lessons are taught at the KAC by Joseph Cisar.  For information on pricing and scheduling, call KAC music director George Tarasuk at 312.835.2526.  He can put you in touch with the correct teacher.  Once your lessons are scheduled, complete and bring the Music Student Registration Form with your registration fee and tuition to the first lesson.

Please complete one form per student and submit with $20 annual registration fee and class tuition at or before the first KAC lesson attended.  Music students must re-register ANNUALLY.  Class tuition is paid monthly at the first lesson in each month by check payable to Kensington Arts Center.  PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS OF UNDERAGE STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE LESSONS AT ANY TIME.

The Kensington Art Center at Emmanuel currently offers private piano instruction with Joe Cisar. Prospective students/parents are asked to contact George on 312 835 2526 for more information.  

Joseph Cisar
Pianist and music educator Joseph Cisar (BA & MA Music) will be available to students of ALL ages on Thursday afternoons and evenings at Emmanuel, using the new (donated) grand piano in the choir room. Mr. Cisar is currently a faculty member at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College and is the Music Director of the First Baptist Church in La Grange. The Chicago Sun Times declared him “a pianist who can find the charm and make it thoroughly beguiling for all of us.” Mr. Cisar has an extensive resume (available upon request) which includes tours with Leonard Bernstein, lectures and recitals across the US, studies with Dr. Karen Shaw at Indiana University, and study in New York with master teacher German Diez (HIS pedagogical lineage links back to Franz Liszt and Beethoven).


 

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