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2016 Holiday Concerts

Four Separate Recitals this year!Monday December 19th, 2016 and Tuesday December 20th, 2016.This year’s Holiday Concerts will be held at the Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave, Orland Park, IL.  It is a beautiful church and we look forward to seeing everyone there. Please come join us for the:Monday, December 19thVocal Showcase at 4:00 pmStrings Concert […]

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Bring a Friend in Nov!

Bring a Friend Promotion Starts November 1st!! Twice a year, The Music Connection encourages all our students to bring a friend to share their group or private lesson. Talk with your teacher for details!

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More Musical Wristbands!

See James Calvert receiving his bands all the way from Apprentice through Superior after completing his vocal recital this past Saturday.  Also pictured is Amelia Chastain receiving her Prima trophy for being in violin lessons for 5 years now!  Congrats to all!!

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Congratulations to Carter Adams!

Congratulations to Carter Adams who just earned both Apprentice and Songbird wristbands for having taken piano lessons for 6 months with Mrs. K.  He was able to play the “Choo choo” song, recognize the notes C, D, and E, recognize high/low sounds, play hot cross buns and all of his Suzuki rhythms.

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Congratulations to Maddie Poetzinger and Iniya Huxley

Congratulations to Maddie Poetzinger and Iniya Huxley for winning the IMEA junior orchestra audition on Saturday October 1st.

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Congratulations to Cecelia!

She has been taking piano for 3 months with Mrs. K and passed her apprentice test! She played all of variation A right hand, held a beautiful relaxed hand position for 10 seconds, successfully located c, d, f and g on the keyboard,  nailed her trampoline jump technique, and played her reading song “Look at […]

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Congratulations Katianne!

Congratulations to Katianne Soltys on her fantastic recital Saturday August 27!! She performed over an hour of memorized music with vocal selections from Disney and Broadway musicals showcasing her vocal talents, as well a great performance of piano pieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven Schumann, and Bartok graduating from her Suzuki book 2! Katianne studies piano […]

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Celebrate Achievement! Musical Ladder System

Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.We are the only music school in Orland Park and Frankfort that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them […]

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Spring 2016 Recital Photos

Twice a year the students at the Music Connection complete solo recitals showcasing all their hard work and accomplishments.  Great Job to everyone who worked so hard, including our teachers!

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Congratulations to Nicoletta Salvatore!

Congratulations to Nicoletta Salvatore on her beautiful recital Saturday!

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Congratulations to the cast of The Little Mermaid!

Congratulations to the cast of The Little Mermaid at Lockport Children’s Theater this past weekend! Music Connection students, Norah Gillogly, Eliza Mattson, Alana Fennessy and Ciara Fennessy all shined in this delightful performance!

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Shane Crean, student of Heather Carlasare, did a wonderful job at the 2016 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Cincinnati, OH!

Shane Crean, student of Heather Carlasare, did a wonderful job at the 2016 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Cincinnati, OH! He won 3 medals: 3rd place in the under 15 category Fiddle Slow Airs 2nd place in the under 15 category Grupaí Cheoil 3rd place in the under 15 category Céili Bands He will get to […]

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Congratulations to all our IMA 2016 Winners! Great Job by all!

Congratulations to all our IMA 2016 Winners! Great Job by all!

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So very proud of our Show Choir students!!

Show Choir Parent Show!They did a great job singing and dancing at our parent Show Choir Friday night!!! Congrats to all our singers! 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

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Congratulations to Sydney Fatland!

Great Job completing Book 1. Below is a picture from the Book 1 recital with her teacher Heather J. Carlasare.

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Congratulations to Alex Nelson!

Great Job completing Book 1.  Below is a picture from the Book 1 recital with his teacher Heather J. Carlasare.

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Congratulations to Ellyse Moreau !

Congratulations to Ellyse Moreau on her Book 1 graduation concert on May 7th. What a joy it was for all of us, to hear her play the whole book 1. Ellyse has been playing the violin for two and a half years now and she is very dedicated and practices daily. Her favorite song to […]

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Honors Recital April 14, 2016

We had an honors recital April 14th for the students that participated in the competition in March. All students performing received a perfect or near perfect. They performed their piece and were awarded ribbons and pins in a special ceremony at Brookdale senior living and reception followed Lovely afternoon!! Congratulations!!

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Congratulations Veeksha!

Veeksha Karra had a fantastic book 1 violin recital on Sunday, April 17th. She was so well prepared and had fun performing all the 18 songs by memory. Veeksha is a 7 year old 1st grader in Millennium Elementary school in Tinley Park. She has been playing violin for two and a half years now […]

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Congratulations Tyler!

Music Connection piano student Tyler Lagmay performed his Suzuki Book 2 piano graduation recital on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. His favorite piece from Book 2 is Sonatina in G Major by Beethoven, the piece he played during the Music Connection Solo Contest held on March 19th with a “Perfect” rating. Tyler is a student of […]

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Week One at the Fine Arts Fantasy Footwear Factory

We have completed Week One at the Fine Arts Fantasy Footwear Factory and are off to a great start! We drew inspiration from artist Yayoi Kusama and her polka dot patterns! Kusama creates AMAZING art through the use of pattern. During lab time, we took off our shoes to study the design of shoe treads. […]

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Great job Pauline! Brava!!!

Pauline Ochotorena performed a fantastic recital on Friday evening February 26 at the Music Connection  Orland Park studio! Pauline played a half an hour of beautiful memorized music and a gorgeous encore piece for her friends and family. She is a very talented 10 year old young lady and Chris Eubank is so very proud to […]

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Congratulations Hunter Lehman! 

Hunter has been a student of Sean Mooney, piano teacher with the Music Connection, taking traditional piano lessons for 3 years. On February 13th 2016, Hunter participated in the Illinois Grade School Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble Contest. Hunter performed Bach’s Minuet in G Major, which he had prepared for the better part of a year! […]

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Congratulations to Zoe El-Zayaty!

Congratulations to Zoe El-Zayaty who completed her Book 2 Violin Recital on February 6th! Heather J. Carlasare is her teacher. Wonderful!

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Congratulations to Eva Dawczak – Book 1 Graduate!

Congratulations to Eva Dawczak who had her book 1 graduate recital on January 23rd. She sounded beautifully and was very well prepared. Her favorite song to practice is Gavotte from Gossec. Eva is a 3rd grade student at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic school in Orland Park. Except for her love for violin and music, Eva […]

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Smith Crossing Performance 2016

Some of the students from The Music Connection went to Smith Crossing Retirement home in Orland Park on Saturday the 30th and did a concert for the residents. They are (from left, next to Janet)Dylan Rhodes, age 10 from Palos HeightsNic Bailey, age 11 from MokenaEtienne Fellmann, age 9 from Orland ParkXavier Fellmann, age 7 […]

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2016 Instrumental & Vocal Solo Contest

ENTRY DEADLINE: February 20th, 2016

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Great Job Justin Worachek

We are so proud of Justin Worachek who played his Suzuki book 1 recital at Orland Music Connection January 23. His teacher is Christina Eubank.

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Congratulations to Shann Pathak on Book 3 Graduation!

Shaan Pathak played wonderful Book 3 piano graduation recital on December 19th, 2015. He is a student of Miss. Bethany Lager. Shaan is 11 years old, 6th grade student at Century Jr. High in Orland Park. Not only he plays excellent piano, but he is also cellist in the school orchestra and the chamber orchestra. […]

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Congratulations to Avery Kelly!

She completed Book 2 and had her graduation concert 1/9 at the Orland Park Studio. She is a student of Ana Simonovska, and special thanks to Mindy Sondag for her piano accompaniment for the recital. Avery is 10 years old and is 5th grade student at Meadow Ridge school in Orland Park. She has been […]

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Broofield Zoo Performance

Did you see us? We were at the Brookfield Zoo this past Sunday and our students performed wonderfully! Great job everyone, enjoy the photos.

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Congratulations to Emily Formella!

Emily Formella is violin student at the Music connection and her teacher is Ana Simonovska. Emily had Book 1 graduation concer

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Congratulations Teagan Powers!

Teagan Powers, Frankfort, violin student of The Music Connection of Frankfort completed Suzuki Book 1 and performed the entire book by memory in her own solo recital on October 18th at Peace Lutheran Church, New Lenox. She is a violin student of Ana Simonovsk

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Congratulations Maddie P.

Maddie Poetzinger won the ILMEA audition and participated in the ILMEA, all district junior orchestra on Saturday November 7th at the Lockport Township High School. She is 7th grade at Century school in Orland Park and working on book 4 concertos. She is student of Ms. Ana Simonovska.

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Halloween Bookfair

Sidona Rao and her teacher, Janet Kuester at Barnes and Noble Bookstore Halloween Bookfair. She played “Black Cat Tango.” 

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Congratulations Natalie and Eliza

Natalie and Eliza Mattson from Lockport. Natalie is 13 years old on the left, Eliza is 11 years old.  Bethany Lager and the girls’ Book 4 Graduation Recital.  

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Great Job Gabriel!

Gabriel Alava, Mokena, performed a solo violin recital on Saturday, October 10th at The Music Connection of Orland Park, 10751 165th Street, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. His teacher is Ana Simonovska and he was accompanied by Mindy Sondag. Gabriel performed the entire Suzuki Volume 1 by memory. The concert was followed by a reception with […]

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Summer Chamber Music just finished…next start Aug 3rd

Nina Badagliacco Maddie Poetzinger Vikram Karra and Tess Peckman finished chamber music class July 10th

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The Winners! 2015 Instrumental & Vocal Solo Contest

1st Annual Instrumental & Vocal Solo Contest March 28th! The contest is open to ALL students of any age and ability level taking lessons on any instrument/voice at the Music Connection as well as students studying outside of the school.

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The BEST time for music/art lessons can be summer: a great time to have FUN!

Then… there is the rest of summer. Children get restless with no school and too much free time. That is why learning something new or immersion in one or a few subjects in summer is rapidly becoming popular with parents. Music is a great subject for immersion, whether a child is beginning or already playing.

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Project Trio came to TMC April 30, 2015! Check out the Videos!

Project Trio honored The Music Connection with an appearance from 615-715PM on Thursday, April 30! in Orland Park!!!

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IMA Winners 2015

A Congratulations to all our students who participated in this years IMA Awards! Julie Stanwyck, Cecilia Johnson, Sofia Hasty, Tess Peckman, Jimmy Bundy, Eesha Pathak, Sophia Carrozza, Saada Marvel, Dylan Rhodes, Natalie Mattson, Eliza Mattson, and Vikram Karra.

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Congratulations Kevin Cawley

Kevin Cawley, a student of Janelle Lake of The Music Connection of Orland Park and Frankfort, has won the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Awards of Excellence: Center Award Harp Level 2, State Award Illinois Harp Level 2 and Gold Medal Harp Level 2.

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Holiday Concert 2014

Four Separate Recitals this year!Monday December 15th, 2014 & Tuesday December 16th, 2014NEW!!!  This year’s Holiday Concerts will be held at the Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave, Orland Park, IL.  It is a beautiful church and we look forward to seeing everyone there. The nights will be filled with wonderful music from FROZEN. Please come join […]

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Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra hosts Southland native Morris

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra hosts Southland native Morris Park Forest native Quinton Morris will coach a master class for the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra on May 19 in Frankfort and then perform for a SYSO event on May 20 in Orland Park.

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Janet Kuester invited guest at Roundtable discussion

On June 3, 2010, 11th District Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson hosted Karen Mills, of the U.S. Small Business Administration, at a small business roundtable at the Panduit Corporation World Headquarters in Tinley Park. Hilary Burkinshaw, Don Brozek, and Bob Rakstang representing CenterPoint at Governors State University and Janet Kuester (CenterPoint client) of the Music Connection were […]

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Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra Partners with Music Connection Chamber Orchestra for Joint Concert

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra students had their first taste of orchestral playing on March 14th  at The Music Connection, 227 East Laraway Road, Frankfort, Illinois, in a concert presented by The Music Connection Chamber Orchestra. The chamber orchestra performance, conducted by director Carl Johnston, concluded with a joint performance with Suburban Youth Symphony violinists.

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Youth Competition SOLO WINNER!

Congratulations to R. L., who was recently named the winner in the Southwest Symphony Orchestra youth competition.  She will perform a violin solo by the composer Sarasate, entitled “Zigeunerweisen” with the orchestra in February 2008.   R. L. is a violin student of Carl Johnston with The Music Connection of Orland Park.  For more information about […]

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Students Perform at Faye’s Light 2nd ANNUAL WALK in FLOSSMOOR

Students performed at the 2nd annual Walk for Faye’s Light in Flossmoor on Sunday, Sept. 23rd 2007.   As event participants completed the 3-mile walk, they were greeted by the joyful sounds of music, performed by the student string ensemble group from The Music Connection, under the direction of Janet Kuester.  Faye’s Light is a […]

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2007 IMA Contest Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS to the students from The Music Connection, who were awarded 1st place trophies at the Illinois Music Association’s statewide competition, held at Daley College in Chicago.  Since 1960, the Illinois Music Association has helped to increase the interest in music for students and the standards of music education.  During the contest, student performances are […]

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Students Perform at the Taste of Orland

The Music Connection’s student ensemble groups, under the direction of Janet Kuester, performed at the annual Taste of Orland, as local residents enjoyed fine dining at the festival.  “This is my 2nd year at the Taste and I come for two reason; the food and the entertainment.  Hearing the children perform such beautiful music is […]

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Student Ensemble Group Receive High Marks at High Note Festival!

The Music Connection’s Student Ensemble Group, under the direction of Janet Kuester, performed both classical and contemporary music selections at the recent High Note Festival in Highland Park, Illinois and were awarded a “Superior Rating”(highest rating) and a trophy award from all judges at the Festival.  Performing groups are judged by the highest of standards […]

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Students Perform at Local Art Fair

The Music Connection’s student ensemble groups, under the direction of Janet Kuester, were invited to perform at the local Orland Park Fine Arts Fair on Sunday for art enthusiasts.  The student concert included a variety of classical and contemporary musical selections.  “It was a perfect day for art and music, I enjoyed the entire event!” […]

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Piano Students Awarded from National Piano Guild!

The Music Connection’s piano students, M.S., A.K. and K.W., all received membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers.  This group of young pianists performed in the National Piano-Playing Auditions held at Prairie State College.  The American College of Musicians judges evaluated the students’ performances based upon […]

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Students Awarded Scholarship!

Congratulations to piano students, A.K. and H.C., who were awarded the Harry V. Davidson Memorial Scholarships.  Each year, two piano students, studying with The Music Connection, are awarded the scholarship based on enthusiam of piano playing and committment to daily practice.  The scholarship program is in memory of Harry V. Davidson, who was a noted […]

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Student Awarded Scholarship

Congratulations to violin student, A. M., who was awarded the Nancy McCain Memorial Scholarship.  Each year, one scholarship is awarded to an Orland Park, IL public grade school student who is interested in studying a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass) with The Music Connection.  The awardment is based on an essay submitted (see […]

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