Meet Vivaldi Strings, a premier performing ensemble
Vivaldi Strings is an ensemble of 27 advanced string students in the Community School of the Arts under the direction of CSA faculty member Julie Maura Bickel. The group was formed in 1976 and has included students ranging in age from six to seventeen years old. Each of the members began his or her instrumental training in the Suzuki method very early in life, some as young as three years old.
CSA students have the opportunity to audition for Vivaldi Strings annually each May, on recommendation of the private teacher.
The Vivaldi Strings concert program primarily consists of classical music, such as the works of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and many others. Past engagements have taken the group to places such as the Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida; Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada; Disneyland in Anaheim, California; Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook; the dedication of the historic Millennium Bell Carillon in Naperville, Illinois; and to the Chicago TV station affiliates of both ABC and NBC. Recent tours have also taken them to Quebec, Canada; Paris, France; New York City; and Puerto Rico. Vivaldi Strings recently opened for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!
Community School of the Arts is honored that Vivaldi Strings was selected as one of three ensembles to perform at the International Ensembles concert in May, 2008 at the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ biennial conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.