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413 N. Main St. #5
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


A music school devoted to joyful, servant-hearted musicianship in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and beyond.  Piano, Violin, Guitar, Voice, Cello, and Flute Lessons. 



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dec 2, 2017 - peter slowik

We are EXTREMELY PRIVILEGED to host Peter Slowik (Chair of the String Department at Oberlin Conservatory) for our first ever Violin Masterclass!  Profiled by the Strad magazine as “a man of limitless energy and purpose – he mentors high achievers who make their mark in top positions the world over,” Peter Slowik is one of the world’s most sought-after artist-teachers.


WHERE: First United Methodist Church (near our Glen Ellyn Campus) - 424 Forest Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

WHEN: SATURDAY DEC 2, 2017, 10am - 12pm


Four of our student violinists will be playing for all of us, and Peter will provide masterful instruction for each.   We strongly encourage this for all of our students, especially our strings students.  This promises to be an inspiration for any student and parent present.



He has been a featured performer and teacher at seven International Viola Congresses, and has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, deutsche harmonia mundi/BMG, American Grammophone, Erato and Cedille labels.  Mr. Slowik has performed with William Preucil, Anner Bylsma, and Leonard Rose, the Mirecourt Trio, the Jasper, Arianna, Saint Petersburg and Vermeer Quartets, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and members of the Cleveland, Chester, Orford, and Smithson quartets. Past orchestral associations include service as Principal Violist of the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, and the American Sinfonietta.  Recent master class appearances have taken him to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Europe, New Zealand, and most of the significant US conservatories

Mr. Slowik is Robert W. Wheeler Professor of Viola at Oberlin College, and also Artistic Director for Credo Music.   Past teaching posts include Northwestern University, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.  He has been named to the highest teaching awards at both Oberlin (Teaching Excellence Award 2009)  and Northwestern, (the McCormick Professorship for Teaching Excellence 1999).   In 2002 Mr. Slowik was the recipient of the Maurice Riley Viola Award from the American Viola Society for "outstanding teaching, scholarship, and performance.”

His viola students have won first prize in numerous competitions, including the ASTA National Solo Competition, the Johannsen International Competition, the Ohio and Chicago Viola Society Solo Competitions, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  They perform in such major American orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, and in university appointments throughout the country.


We'll see you there!

Justin Jacobson, Director
Bellas Artes School of Music

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JULY 15, 2017 - fareed haque


It's a HUGE PRIVILEGE for Bellas Artes (In conjunction with the JAZZUP FESTIVAL here in Glen Ellyn) to be able to host these masterclasses with Fareed Haque, now our 2nd year in a row!  He is truly one of the finest guitarists in the world right now (, and definitely one of Chicago's most important music educators.  We at Bellas Artes love his heart for mentoring the next generation.  Here is the description he has provided for this masterclass (for the 101 class):

"IMPROVISING FOR ALL MUSICIANS - Bringing all cultures and musical styles one step closer together thru improvisation. The ubiquitous, organic pentatonic scale plays a role in every musical culture the world over. Based on the universal pentatonic scale approach, Mr Haque will teach one and all the basics of improvisation. After a simple tutorial, we will proceed to jam, and have fun making music together. All instruments welcome." 


WHERE: Bellas Artes School of Music (Glen Ellyn Campus) - 413 N Main St
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


  • IMPROV 101 - 9:00-10:30 am
    • Open to all
    • Requirements: be comfortable at least with the A minor/C Major pentatonic scale)
    • $15 per person.
  • IMPROV 201 - 10:30-12:00
    • Limited enrollment: 10 people max.  
    • Requirements: need to already have some experience with jazz, able to play a standard like Blue Bossa, All are welcome to observe, but to participate, you need to enroll.
    • Participants invited to join the 3:30 pm jam session at Marinella's
    • $50 per person


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  • Please fill out a form for each participant you hope to enroll.  Thank you!
  • Please bring a check/cash and turn in when you arrive.  We'll have a basket out front - we trust you!  All checks need to be written out to "Bellas Artes." 

We'll see you there!

Justin Jacobson, Director
Bellas Artes School of Music