Community School of the Arts Celebrates 25 Years

CSA Sinfonia – today and yesterday. On the left is the Spring 2013 group 
                                                              and on the right, Linc Smelser with the 1998 group.
The NIU Community School of the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a CSA Sinfonia reunion concert on December 22 at 3 the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. This orchestra has nearly 300 alumni and the Community School is in the process of contacting players from the past to let them know about this fun opportunity to play on the Concert Hall stage again.

The alumni will join the current members of Sinfonia for a rehearsal on December 21 and for a follow-up rehearsal and the concert the following day. The repertoire includes Russlan and Ludmilla by Glinka, Mars from The Planets and St. Paul’s Suite, by Holst, and Les Preludes by Liszt. Links to the music are available at

CSA Sinfonia began as a string ensemble under the directorship of late Arthur Montzka in 1994. Linc Smelser became the director in 1996 and it became a full orchestra in 1999. The orchestra attracts gifted high school musicians from the region; admission is by audition.

The CSA Sinfonia Reunion Concert will be open to the public. Ticket prices will be announced later in fall.

CSA Sinfonia is one of seven ensembles offered by the community school this fall. More information about the reunion concert, CSA Sinfonia, and the many offerings of the NIU Community School of the Arts is available at or by calling the community school office at (815) 753-1450.

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