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Welcome to Downers Grove Music Club

Downers Grove Music Club (DGMC) is a nonprofit musical arts organization founded in 1927 in Downers Grove, Illinois. We believe the arts support vibrant communities, and we aspire to connect people to the musical arts and local artists through public concerts and education programs. DGMC also makes investments that strengthen musical arts development in our schools and community.

Each year DGMC offers free public concerts; sponsors a piano festival for local students; and recognizes talented high school students with music awards to help them further their studies.

DGMC also publishes a Directory of Music Teachers and a List of Accompanists, which is updated every two years and distributed to all area schools, libraries and music stores.

Our members include performing musicians (professional and amateur), music teachers, music students and non-performing music lovers. Members receive newsletters, special announcements, and a members directory. Membership is also open to ensembles and organizations, which benefit from increased visibility in the community through our members, events and website.

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Lincoln Peckenpaugh performs Debussy
Streamed Performance
Available Sunday, April 4, 2021

In April, we begin our month-long program of Rising Stars with pianist Lincoln Peckenpaugh playing the “Prelude” from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy. About Lincoln

Lincoln attends Downers Grove North (DGN), where he is active in the music program, both currently in the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Lincoln has been playing piano since the age of 4, and grew up originally on the Suzuki method. Last year, Lincoln was honored with two music awards from the DGMC. He won the 1st place prize at the Senior Competition level in the 2020 Piano Festival & Competition and also received a 2020 Rising Stars music award. Lincoln frequently plays in the church band for Sunday worship at Hinsdale Covenant Church. Following his high school career, he plans to attend college and law school, and participate in a piano program of some fashion. Lincoln studies under Chris Garofalo.


Diana Kwak performs "Faites-lui mes aveux" by Charles Gounod
Streamed Performance
Available Sunday, April 11, 2021

The opera Faust by Charles Gounod is about a man who makes a deal with a demon, but the aria "Faites-lui mes aveux" is rather lighthearted. In it, the lovesick Siebel picks flowers to give to the maiden Marguerite, convinced that the gift will show her how much he admires her. He speaks to the flowers of Marguerite's beauty - until he finds that they have wilted! Luckily for Siebel, a dash of holy water mends the flowers like new, and he is free to return to his happy thoughts as he leaves the flowers on Marguerite's doorstep. About Diana

Diana Kwak is a senior at Downers Grove South (DGS). She has been studying piano for twelve years and voice for six years. Some of her favorite high school music experiences include rehearsing with the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors Chorus under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams in 2019 and Dr. Jeremy Jones in 2020, as well as touring with her girls' choir, Spirito! Singers, where she is a student conductor. Diana aims to create vibrant rehearsal spaces as a choir director, and will major in music education. When not studying music, she enjoys volunteering for a kids' coding platform and serving with the Children of the American Revolution.

In the absence of the ability to work with a live accompanist, Diana used the program Appcompanist to accompany her performance. A global team of collaborative pianists works together to record the pieces found in Appcompanist's library.


Zoom Social and Video Benefit Concert
Friday, April 16, 2021 (7pm live Zoom social, 8pm streamed concert)

Access to this private event requires a donation to support the DGMC student music awards

Join us for a live ZOOM social hour followed by a streamed video concert. Scheduled performers include Carolyn May (flute), Goran Ivanovic (guitar), Kerry Leung (traditional Chinese instruments), Chris Garofalo (piano), as well as 2020 First Place DGMC Junior Competition winner, Mary Kish(piano). This will be a private online event available only to supporters who purchase a "ticket" in advance. During the live Zoom event, we look forward to a lively time to visit with you, hear from some students and educators on the value of the DGMC Student Award Programs, play some music trivia and perhaps win a door prize or two. Following the Zoom social, the video concert will be released, and you will have special access to view the concert at your leisure. The benefit concert will not be released to the general public until sometime in May. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations to this event are used toward the student music awards. All performance are donated by musician members and friends of DGMC.

Whether ticket holders choose to participate in the live Zoom social event or not, they can still view the performance online at their leisure after its release at 8 pm on April 16th. To purchase “tickets” online (or make any level of donation to support our student programs), click the ORDER TICKETS button. Ticket holders will later be emailed the links to participate in the live Zoom pre-show social event and the benefit concert.   ORDER TICKETS

Isaac Hsu performs “Élégie” by Gabriel Fauré
Streamed Performance
Available Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gabriel Fauré’s “Élégie” is very emotional. Fauré composed this piece for his wife who passed away to express his feelings starting from upset, to anger and frustrations, and finally ending with exhaustion and devastation. In addition to learning from some master classes of this piece, Isaac relates the emotion of his own relatives passing. About Isaac

Isaac is a junior at DGN, born in a musical family with a mother who teaches cello and piano. In fact, his mother, Maggie Chen, is his accompanist. Isaac has been active in competitions and received multiple recognitions, including IHSA Division 1 Solo performance, IMA Senior Division Cello solo performance, and awarded with ILMEA All State Honor. He is currently preparing to test on the highest level of ARSM (Associate of Royal Schools of Music) Performance Diploma. He also assists young musicians to improve music theory, and gives them tips for practicing their instruments during his free time. Along with all of these music activities, he is part of the high school ice hockey team, running cross country, and interested in computer programming.

Jonah Sprandel performs “White Field~a bird sings an epilogue” by Tsutomu Narita
Streamed Performance
Available Sunday, April 25, 2021

Jonah Sprandel is accompanied by Belford Hernandez. Tsutomu Narita is a Japanese composer and arranger known for his video game music works. Narita makes regular use of syncopation and extended techniques such as the altissimo range and glissandos throughout the piece, making this fun but challenging to play. “White Field~a bird sings an epilogue” is about the changing seasons of a white world as seen from the unique perspective of a bird. It begins with a repeated eighth-note pattern in the piano while the saxophone builds up to a rhythmic section. In this next section, while the piano continues with a new rhythmic line, the saxophone can often be heard playing ascending runs consistent with the upbeat mood. The piece then transitions to a lyrical section in a new key and time signature, bringing about the feeling of expressiveness that might come from the changing seasons. Lastly, Narita finishes off the piece by combining the rhythmic and expressive characteristics of the previous sections in a new key and with a sense of brilliancy. About Jonah

Jonah is a senior at DGS. He was a member of the school’s Wind Ensemble for three years, playing as the principal saxophonist for two. Although he is not a member this year, he continues to play in other ensembles, including a saxophone quartet and saxophone duo, and study privately with Professor Roger Birkeland from Elmhurst University. Jonah has participated in the ILMEA District 1 festivals during his sophomore and junior year, and he was selected for the All-State Honor Band his junior year. He has also attended various saxophone summer camps and festivals, such as the Indiana University summer camp with Dr. Otis Murphy and the Chicago Saxophone Day, where he performed in a masterclass with Dr. J Michael Weiss-Holmes. Outside of his saxophone studies, Jonah enjoys playing tennis and conducting science research at a local university and his high school. Although he will not be majoring in music in college, he plans to continue playing.

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Piano Festival and Competition 2021 Honors Recital

Features the piano students who excelled at the 2021 Piano Festival and Competition.

Includes the zoom awards ceremony conducted live prior to the release of the webconcert.

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