About us

Downers Grove Music Club

Founded in 1927, the Downers Grove Music Club (DGMC) is a community service organization whose mission is to stimulate greater interest in music.  We are committed to providing our community with a high standard of musical performances and educational opportunities.  Based in Downers Grove, club members also include residents of Westmont, Bolingbrook, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Naperville, Lisle, Lombard, Woodridge, Darien, Brookfield, Oak Brook, Forest View and LaGrange Park. 

Music Programs
Our "club meetings" are actually high quality musical programs which are open to the public and free of charge.  This year our meetings are scheduled for September, October, December, February, April and May. All will be held at the Downers Grove Public Library. 

DGMC often presents or sponsors additional concerts throughout its program year.  The complete schedule for our current season provides the exact dates, times and locations for all of our programs. 

Piano Festival & Competition
The Downers Grove Music Club sponsored its first Piano Festival in 1943.  Over the years, it has become an established part of the music community of Chicago's western suburbs.  Over 100 students participate each year.  Teachers know every student who enters will receive a helpful critique from an experienced judge.  Those who excel will be invited to perform at the Honors Recital which is held a week or two after the Festival &. Competition.  Students are given an option to enter the Junior or Senior Competition, where the highest scorers also receive cash prizes.

Monetary Awards
To further encourage young musicians, the Downers Grove Music Club presents music awards to area high school students who have worked very hard in their musical pursuits and have achieved a high level of accomplishment as musicians.

Each spring, DGMC awards multiple Rising Star Awards to deserving juniors in District 99.   All Rising Star award winners are selected based on the merits of their musical accomplishments and are featured performers at our Rising Stars program in the spring of their senior year.

DGMC also awards up to two $1,000 College Music Awards to deserving seniors in District 99.  College Music Award winners are also selected based on the merits of their musical accomplishments.

We are now a 501(c)(3) Organization
In July, 2011 the Downers Grove Music Club received official federal acceptance of our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  Donations (above the cost of dues) made to DGMC after August 11, 2010 are tax-deductible, to the extent of federal tax regulations.

DGMC Organization
Board Members:

   Gloria Salazar
Vice President of Artistic Development:
    Charlotte Ewing

Vice President of Business  Development:

   Janis Sleeter

   Remus Badea

   Kristina Phelps

Members At-Large:
   Chris Garofalo
   Dan Moroz

Committee Chairs:

Membership Directory:
  Charlotte Ewing
Music Education:
  Gloria Salazar
  Charlotte Ewing
Piano Festival & Competition:
  Christine & Ron Paryl

  Tom Ewing
Teacher & Accompanist Directory:
  Charlotte Ewing

  Charlotte & Tom Ewing

For more information about getting involved with any of these committees, please contact our president.


Educational Opportunities