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November 2016

A monthly newsletter to inform

and entertain our friends

A special thank you to all of our students that performed in the Halloween recital!







The Vegetable Orchestra

This month in honor of Thanksgiving we have not one strange instrument, but an entire orchestra…. made of vegetables.



Worldwide one of a kind, the Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables. The utilization of various ever-refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe.

The Vegetable Orchestra was founded in 1998. Based in Vienna, the Vegetable Orchestra plays concerts all over the world.

There are no musical boundaries for the Vegetable Orchestra. The most diverse music styles fuse here - contemporary music, beat-oriented House tracks, experimental Electronic, Free Jazz, Noise, Dub, Clicks'n'Cuts - the musical scope of the ensemble expands consistently, and recently developed vegetable instruments and their inherent sounds often determine the direction.


A concert of the Vegetable Orchestra appeals to all the senses. As an encore at the end of the concert and the video performance, the audience is offered fresh vegetable soup.

In artistic, aesthetic and infrastructural decisions of importance all members of the orchestra have their equal vote. The ensemble is a mix of people with different artistic backgrounds - musicians, visual artists, architects, designers, media artists, writers and sound poets all come together here.

The further exploration and refinement of performable vegetable music is a central part of the orchestra's aesthetic quest. Every individual background that is brought into the project is of vital importance in sustaining the fundamental artistic objective of the Vegetable Orchestra. The broad variety of creative approaches at the same time secures the artistic autonomy of this unique ensemble.


So if you are sitting down to feast this Thanksgiving, and someone tells you not to play with your food, remember there are people traveling the world and making a living doing just that. 







Over 100 recital videos are now on YouTube! Visit "Sweet Sounds for You" to see you and your friends performing at past recitals!


Recital videos are also available on facebook!


We are pleased to send you this monthly issue of our newsletter. It is our way of saying that you are important to us and we truly value your business. Enjoy!
Coming Attractions:


 Holiday Recital

December 17, 2016



Holiday Recital

December 18, 2016



Spring Recital

March 4, 2017



IMA Prep and General Recital

May 13, 2017




How to Develop Unshakable Music Confidence


As many musicians can attest, there’s a big difference between playing music for your own enjoyment and being asked to play in front of other people. Whether you’re playing on stage for a large crowd or entertaining a group of friends in a more intimate setting, “stage fright” is a real phenomenon that can cause even the most experienced musicians to shy away from public performances.

Here’s how you can beat musical performance anxiety and develop unshakable music confidence, no matter the situation.

1. Stop thinking, “I’m not a confident performer.”

Step one is easy: if you’ve been telling yourself that you’re too shy, nervous, or insecure to perform in front of crowds, stop! Experts have determined that confidence is a learnable trait; it’s not just something you’re either born with or without.

Negative thoughts can actually tear down your self-esteem, whereas positive thoughts can help you grow confidence from the inside out. As with learning any new skill, learning to be confident simply involves practice, practice, and more practice. Telling yourself things like, “I’ll never be a confident performer,” can seriously hinder your growth.

2. There’s no such thing as being over-prepared.

If you’re gearing up for a big audition, rehearsal, or performance, the absolute best thing you can do for your self-confidence is make practicing a priority. Thinking to yourself, “I really wish I had put more effort into practicing that one song,” just as you’re walking onstage in front of a large crowd is one of the best ways to kill your confidence and generate serious nerves.

This is a solution that’s entirely within your control, so don’t take it for granted.

3. If the audience didn’t notice, it wasn’t a mistake.

Whether you’re playing music for friends in a casual environment or as part of a scheduled performance, keep in mind that your audience is (usually) not going to be dissecting and critiquing every note you play. They’re listening to you because they want to be entertained, to hear a song they like, or because they simply enjoy the feeling of listening to music.

In many situations, your audiences will have less musical training than you (perhaps zero training at all), meaning their ears won’t be fine-tuned to hear even those not-so-subtle mistakes. Whether you play perfectly or not, it’s likely that your audience is going to walk away satisfied with your performance. So, don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to perform perfectly every time.

4. Play with musicians who perform at your level.

Spending time with musicians who have more experience than you is a great way to gain exposure in the music community and jump on the fast track to improvement. However, if you only interact with more experienced musicians who you look up to, you may start to feel less than stellar about your own performance skills.

Forming relationships with musicians who play at the same skill level as you can help you stay grounded and remind you that there are good musicians at all levels of training, even if you’re not quite where you’d like to be yet.

5. Remember why you play an instrument in the first place.

Above all, playing a musical instrument is supposed to be fun! If you ever feel yourself getting nervous about the thought of playing in front of others, take a step back, look at how far you’ve come, and remember that it’s okay if you make a mistake. Having fun with your instrument is one of the best ways to get into a positive mindset and let your inner confidence shine because you’re focused on what really matters: you, your instrument, and making music that you enjoy.

Whatever circumstances you’re playing under, don’t let anxiety stop you. You’ve worked hard to get where you are – be confident in the work you’ve put in and share your gift. Performing for others is often just as rewarding as playing music itself. (Courtesy of Making Music)




Walter and Connie Payton Holiday Gift Drive


As we head into this holiday season, we are joining forces again this year with the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation to host a Toy Drive and Veteran Gift Donation Drive.

WCPF partnered with Concord Assisted Living Facility in Northlake, IL to provide a warm, safe place for needy and homeless Veterans to live. Most of the Veterans who move in to this facility do not have any personal items except the clothes on their back. With that said, WCPF is hosting a Veteran Holiday Gift Drive AND Toy Drive.


From November 7 to December 9 we will be collecting:


Toys for children ages newborn to 18 years old


Donation gift suggestions for Veterans (ages 55 and older) are: gift cards to Walmart and Kohls, hygiene items, socks, PJ pants/shirts, pillows, towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, bar soap, liquid laundry soap and blankets.


All items donated must be new and unwrapped


Many of the staff will be wearing Bears attire as we support this great event! Please bring a new and unwrapped item to your lesson and drop it under our Christmas tree in the waiting room. Many thanks for your generosity!


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