The NIU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the schedule for spring recitals and concerts.  Solo and ensemble performances are featured in May on the stage of the Recital Hall and Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University.  All CSA concerts and recitals are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 1 – CSA Symphonette performs a varied program of music arranged for string orchestra at 6 p.m. in Boutell Concert Hall.  Featuring youth musicians ages 8 – 16, this all strings ensemble is directed by Linc Smelser.

Margaret O'Malley

Margaret O’Malley

Wednesday, May 2 – CSA Sinfonia performs at 7:30 p.m. in Boutell Concert Hall.  This concert features 2017 Sinfonia Concerto Competition winner, violinist Margaret O’Malley, performing Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61 – Allegro non troppo with the youth orchestra.  Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, Op. 31 and Suite and Finale from Swan Lake, Op. 20a complete an evening of symphonic treasures, conducted by Linc Smelser.

Saturday, May 5 – The NIU Suzuki Strings violin graduation and group recital begins at 10 a.m. in Boutell Concert Hall.

Saturday, May 5 – CSA Showcase Recitals are at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. in the Recital Hall.  Students who take private music lessons on a variety of instruments at the NIU Community School will perform solo pieces with an accompanist.

Saturday, May 5 – Recitals continue as piano students of Georgia Price perform at 3 p.m. and guitar students of Eric Schroeder play at 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 5 – The CSA Steelband directed by Yuko Asada and the NIUkulele Ensemble directed by Eric Schroeder perform in concert at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Sunday, May 6 – The harp and piano students of Jaina Krueger perform at 12 p.m. in the Recital Hall

Wednesday, May 9 – The CSA Guitar Ensemble directed by Quentin Dover performs in the Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 13 – The Suzuki cello students of Tom Cappaert perform at 12 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Monday, May 14 – This recital features the Suzuki piano students of Marilyn Montzka at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Saturday, May 19 – The cello students of Linc Smelser perform at 10:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall.

Saturday, May 19 – The Suzuki violin students of Ann Montzka Smelser and Laurie Rodriguez perform at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Contact Josh Anderson, NIU Community School of the Arts, (815) 753-1450 or or click for more information.