David Schrader, Organist
A resident of Chicago, Mr. Schrader leads an active musical life at
home. He performs with Baroque
Band (Chicago's period instrument orchestra),
the Baroque, the
Week in Evanston. Mr. Schrader has appeared with
Chicago Chamber Musicians,
Players, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, and The City Musick. He is a
frequent guest on WFMT
radio (Chicago) on recordings and in live broadcasts as part of WFMT's
"Live From Studio One" programming.
Mr. Schrader is on the faculty of
Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts - Music
Conservatory for performance and academic studies where he has
taught both graduate and undergraduate courses since 1986. From 1993
through 1995 he also directed the Collegium Musicum at
Northwestern University. He
has also taught at the Music
Institute of Chicago (formerly know as The Music Center of the North
Shore.) Since 1980, he has been the organist of the
Church of the Ascension,
whose liturgies command a national reputation for musical integrity.
Mr. Schrader received a Doctor of Music degree in organ from
Indiana University as well
as the coveted Performer's Certificate. He received a Bachelor of Music
in piano and a Bachelor of Music in organ from the University of
Colorado. His principal teachers have been Storm Bull, Abbey Simon,
Oswald Ragatz, Anthony Newman and Everett Jay Hilty.
CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble brings music of today to Chicago
audiences. Within its varied and imaginative programs, the ensemble
explores music from around the world - as well as local works from
Chicago's estimable music community. Specializing in chamber music for
winds, piano, and percussion, performances may also include dance,
performance art, and sculpture.
Chicago Children's Choir
Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children's Choir
is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization,
shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and
youth through musical excellence. The Choir currently serves
nearly 3,000 children, ages 8-18 through choirs in 50 schools;
after-school programs in six
Chicago neighborhoods; and the internationally
acclaimed Concert Choir. As a national and international touring
ensemble, the Chicago Children's Choir has performed throughout the United States,
South Africa, Japan,
Eastern Europe, Italy
and Great Britain
and for such dignitaries as former President and Senator Clinton, former
South African President Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Choir has also performed with or for such celebrities as Luciano
Pavarotti, Quincy Jones, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Samuel Ramey,
Bobby McFerrin and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and collaborates regularly
with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet,
Ravinia Festival and Grant Park Music Festival.
Baptist Church Chancel Choir
Comprised of members and friends of North Shore
Baptist Church, this intergenerational group provides worship leadership
and choral selections every Sunday, ranging from Haydn to Moses Hogan.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:00 and are a lot of fun.
Call the church at 773-728-4200
for more information.
Casey Nielsen, guitar
up in Geneva, Illinois, and began studying classical guitar at age 13
with Roosevelt University professor Paul Henry. Soon discovering a love
for jazz music, he began separate lessons with jazz guitarist Neal
Alger. Casey continued his private lessons until attending Northern
Illinois University where, in 2004, he received his bachelor’s degree in
Jazz Studies. At NIU, he had the privilege of studying jazz and
classical guitar extensively with internationally renowned guitarist
Fareed Haque. In 2002, he was a member of the Northern Illinois
University Jazz Ensemble.
Since graduating, Casey has made his living
teaching, studying and performing throughout North America. Between 2006
and 2009 he enjoyed studying with classical guitarist Denis Azabagic.
In 2008 Casey was selected to participate
in a master class with David Russell. He has given solo concerts for
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
in Downers Grove,
Baker Memorial Episcopal Church
in St. Charles, the
Northbrook Public Library’s
Fine Arts Fall program and Salon
Cultural Arts Commission’s
Riverpark series. Casey has
regularly performed at popular Chicago restaurants and cafes such as
Julius Meinl. Since 2007,
he has periodically performed with the
Hot Club of Detroit
at jazz festivals in Canada and
the United States. Casey currently resides in Chicago where he has
continues to study and perform.
His 2004 recording with renowned saxophonist Ron Dewar,
The Casey Nielson Quartet/Trio,
features Casey’s jazz quartet and drummer-less trio playing hard
swinging, off-the-beaten-path standards.
His 2006 classical guitar recording, A Guitar Recital,
solo classical guitar music from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
WFMT radio personality and former music director
for North Shore, Carl Grapentine returns to the Second Sunday series for
another interesting discussion.
Carl first joined WFMT in 1986 and is now
the co-host of the Morning Program. He has given pre‑concert lectures
for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Symphony
of Oak Park‑River Forest, and many other groups. An alumnus of the
University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the “stadium
voice” of the Michigan Marching Band for 35 seasons ‑ his voice being
heard on national telecasts of 14 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl
Andrew Coffill, tenor